Let me start this article by making crystal clear the fact that these thoughts have nothing to do with my job as a customer support at Pixelgrade. They're my humble opinion about WordCamp events in general.
I feel the need to share that WordCamp is the place where I always find great people that inspire me by their perspective on WordPress. They're also folks that are money driven, which is fine as long as I can have a relevant chat about common topics. However, most of the people are looking to share their knowledge, make you feel better, ask you witty questions or even congratulate for doing a great job. How cool is that?
The moral of the story: attend a WordCamp, I can assure that you won’t regret it. I had the chance to talk with Zac Gordon, a great teacher from JS for WP, find out about a new product that would compete with WPML and, the best part, start working for the community in reviewing themes from wp.org. Yaaay!
I’m a support guy that gives his best to help everybody during the day, but after 6 PM I’m trying to learn new things, and I believe that by reviewing themes and following different courses I improve my skill set. I have a feeling that I can't quit any of these two areas since both recharge my batteries and improve my energy level on a daily basis. I always loved teaching other people things that I know, and by following this path of being a customer support and learning new things, I can keep my dream alive and kicking.
As you might notice, I switched the topic a bit, but the whole point is that the WordCamps events are the ones which made me aware of the importance of never giving up and surrounding myself with people who share the same mindset.
In just a few words, the moral of the story would be this one: attend a WordCamp (or at least a local meetup), I can assure that you won’t regret it. In fact, you will thank me later.