Sorry about the last post-thought I was saving it, turns out it was publishing it. This is the real post. And it’s long-but worth it.
World Domination Summit
This is the actual name of a conference I attended last weekend in Portland. When asked at the border the purpose of the visit, my response was NOT “World Domination Summit”. I don’t need any reasons to get hung up at the border.
It was started by a guy named Chris Guillebeau. I’ve been following him and reading his books for about 6 years. I found his “Art of Non Conformity” website really interesting. Have a look here Art of Non Conformity
This is a legit conference. Brene Brown and Gretchen Rubin have spoken at this conference. It’s a conference for people that want to do something different with their lives and are looking for ways to live unconventionally. It’s also chalk full of super positive friendly people-so that’s cool-for a while.
Lucky you, I want to sort out my favorites from the weekend and will put some links in case you’re looking for some ways to kill time on You Tube.
Hack Your Book
I attended a session on Thursday afternoon called “Hack your Book.” This was an excellent session with an agent. I was not sure if I would ever write a book, but if I do, I know how to get an agent and a publisher and how not to waste any time. If you are interested, I can share some of the tips with you.
Ok this was a HUGE DEAL. One of the main stage sessions is “Attendee Stories”. This is a popular item and everyone wants to have their story chosen to go on stage. You have to submit your story, then if picked, they call you. Then you sit down with someone and you take your submission and turn it into a 1 minute story. 5 stories are picked out of the 1000 people that are there. I was picked. I talked, VERY BRIEFLY, about Open Adoption and my experience with it. My knees were knocking and my voice was shakin’. It’s funny to go from never talking about something to blabbing about it on stage in front of 1000 strangers. It was cool though, as I became a bit conference famous after that. People were telling me how everyone in their row was crying and shit like that. Crybabies.
This was the first speaker. He is the founder of the Goodlife Project. Check it out here: Goodlife Project
2 things I wrote down during his thing:
- Before you can be unapologetically joyful, you’ve got to be unapologetically you.
- The 5 Be’s
- Be Intentional
- Be Open
- Be Kind
- Be You
- Be Still
This one was tough. Chelsea is the wife of Scott Dinsmore who created Live your Legend. I stumbled upon his Ted Talk when I was watching Ted Talks all the time. It’s an excellent Ted Talk and here is the link Live Your Legend
The thing that makes this tough is that Scott and Chelsea were climbing Mt Kilimanjaro last year and doing “Live your Legend” stuff and he was killed in a freak accident. He died on September 12, 2015.
So she was there talking about his death and how she has had to make the decision to move on. And since she’s made the decision to move on, she’s going to do it in the best way possible. One of the things I wrote down “How you do anything, is how you do everything”. I didn’t write that much though because I was busy wiping Tom’s tears when I wasn’t wiping mine.
She was really inspirational.
She was asked in grad school to do a project on 100 days of something. And she decided to do it on “FEAR”. Somehow her whole thing went viral and on the news and everything. She had a great message about getting rid of your fear. This is her website fear
She also has a cute little video on the You Tube you can watch about what she did in her 100 days. Fear Video
Mr Money Mustache (Pete Adeney)
This guy was super cool. He retired at 30 years old. And it wasn’t because he won the lottery. He’s just super smart about money. He basically said save all your money. Don’t have a car and live right by where you work. And then once you have all your money saved, you live off the investment. His family lives off of $24,000/year
His other point is that you don’t stop working. You just enjoy working now because you DON’T HAVE TO. You don’t need the money so your work is truly doing something you love when you like to do it. He just finished building his own house, because he likes doing that sort of stuff.
This is one of the topics I’m going to spend a lot more time on when I have some downtime. But if you want to look into in the meantime Money Guy
He also swore a lot during his presentation and I like that.
He had a travel show on the Oprah network for a bit. He has a book “If at birth you don’t succeed”. He has cerebral palsy and is a comedian. His main message was that no one gets anywhere without help along the way. And its really important to acknowledge that help. He also cracked a lot of jokes and wowed us all with what he is willing to try. He did play a couple videos and here are a couple to give you an idea of what he does:
This is the creator of those cool cards you see in stores that look like they shouldn’t be cards. She worked in advertising and then quit her job because she wanted to do something different. She started making cards that were for people who had real people problems. She is also a cancer survivor. You’ve seen them in the store for sure. One of her big points is that you don’t need to go looking for a market for your product if you have a good product, the market will come to you. She was a great speaker about empathy and business.
Overall, the event was fantastic. Tom and I already bought our tickets for next year! Maybe you should come-Portland is a beautiful city and we’re fun people.