Sunday, July 21, 2013

After Thoughts - WDS 2013

Two weeks since the World Domination Summit.  And life isn't the same.   There was a lot to take away from the event from the remarkable presenters who not only engaged me with their ideas but also modelled a way of being in the world and also to the organization of the event - full of surprises and a clear vision.  For example, the event is non sponsored.  No advertising anywhere.  Each morning break we were served a parfait of fresh fruit, yogurt and granola.  Lots of thought goes into this event.

On a personal level I was spellbound with the stories of caring.

Not normally a list maker (I like to keep things loose), I decided to write the 10 things that I took away from this event:

  1. Speak your truth.  Speak it from the heart.  This is where we connect with each other.
  2. Think big.  How inspiring it is to hear others' ideas of wanting to make the world a better place.
  3. The intersection of what excites you and how you can help others is the sweet spot.  Our time on the planet is about mixing inner and outer.
  4. Be all the you-ness you can be.  Keep turning over every rock inside of yourself to find out what excites you, what engages you, what gives you that sense of being alive.  
  5. Work hard.  The best we can do is dig deeper to get at the core.  Put your all into your dream.
  6. You aren't alone.  Find your tribe.  They will inspire you, help you, and calm you in ways that you cannot imagine.
  7. Start now.  Many critics abound including those residing inside of you.  Begin your dream now and you can see that perhaps another idea will emerge or a better one.  You can't see that until you start.
  8. Ideas are plentiful; play with them.  We are talking about our lives - exploring needs to be fun.  We learn by playing.  Bring it all out to play.
  9. Be pragmatic about your goals.  This is what steers the rudder when you are going through rough waters.  We need to plan for those times.  Always be thinking of the next step.  One at a time.  
  10. Look for inspiration.  It can often be found in our daily lives.  We need to be intentional.
  11. Pay attention to your feelings, where they reside in the body.  There are always clues about what we need to do.  
I know it is 11 but that is another thing I discovered - creativity doesn't come in a certain pattern. 

Inspiration at Independence Day - Portland 2013

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

World Domination Summit 2013

She writes the order on her note pad.  I comment on her sparkling bracelet.  When she smiles, her face beams.  I am sitting in a pub and grill on our way out of town.  My companion is a dear friend who has hitched a ride with me to Portland for the July 4th weekend.

For the past two days, I have been hanging out in downtown Portland at the World Domination Summit, a gathering of ...  well, it is a bit hard to explain.

That Resonates with Me

The first speaker, Nancy Duarte, is a "persuasion specialist," who incorporates story into business communications.  She studied patterns of famous speeches people who sparked movements - Dr. Martin Luther King, Steve Jobs, Jesus and Evita Peron.  She illustrated how the orator presented the situation as is, and then what could be - repetition and metaphors are elements of speeches.  She explained the STAR principle - when giving a message, offer the audience  
 Something They'll Always Remember.

Who is a dreamer?

Darren Rowse was prompted to look at his life when his girlfriend said to him, "I just don't want to have an ordinary life."  Darren is the founder of 

He encouraged us all to begin to dream again, to regularly set time aside to dream.  He talked about being able to spot the sparks in our lives, about what gives us energy and to check in with this every day.  "Choose one small thing every day that will take you closer to your dreams."

Don't be without direction

Bob Moore, founder of Bob's Red Mill, talked about looking for inspiration in unusual places.

Creative activities create more creativity

Photographer Chase Jarvis talked about the importance of creativity and how it can solve all of the problems facing the planet right now. 

Gretchen Rubin - photo by Armosa Studios

Be Yourself

Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, said that we will be happiest when we are living
our lives as a reflection of our values and who we really are.  Our negative emotions, she says, are very helpful in giving us clues.

What the hell are you doing?

This question was posed to Tess Vigeland when she quit her dream job.  Part of her exploration was asking, "How do you know when it's time to go?"  As she has been looking at what is coming up for her next, she said, "Sometimes you have to work really hard to figure out your career."

Chris Guillebeau is the founder of the World Domination Summit (WDS).  His three core values for the event are:
  • Community
  • Adventure 
  • Service
The key question was "How do we live a remarkable life in a conventional world?"   Over a dozen presentations offered insights and ideas. 

Cheers - Closing Toast by Armosa Studios

How is it to experience a gathering with 3,000 people who are seeking a remarkable life?  What kind of affect does it have?

Profound.  Sensational.  Life altering.

The percolating is still happening.  Questions are speeding through my body.

Back at the restaurant, the server brings the check, I calculate the 20%.  I have another second thought and pull out my wallet.  I leave a 50% tip.  She won't see this until I go.  I smile.  Spreading wealth is one way to lead a remarkable life.