The World Domination Summit was an experience where when you sit down to recap, putting the experience into words is a slow and thoughtful process. Words like “amazing!” and “impacting!” don’t quite satisfy questions from friends yet short outbursts like these are the only responses that make sense. And yet, this experience needs to be shared with those outside of who attended because it will continue changing the world.
In my mind, WDS can easily be described by its core values, and the depth of it is so comforting.
We left WDS wanting to change the world by finding ways to serve it. How can I take what I know and what I’ve learned and help others with it? How can I tie what I do and am passionate about to make the world a better place? The speakers gave us a taste of this by sharing their stories and what they’ve learned and encouraging us to do the same. We inspired each other by sharing what we are currently doing in our lives.
Coming to Portland was an adventure in itself, which I shared in this blog post. Discovering a new city, discovering parts of ourselves that we’d forgotten and taking journeys with new faces through our conversations – these are the best kinds of adventures.
The strongest value of WDS is community and this is the hardest thing to put into words. WDS is a group of people who challenge, support, and accept each other. We understand the struggles and the conventional ugliness of life yet we are not afraid to be vulnerable, even on a stage in front of 3,000 people, because we know we will laugh and cry along with each other. It’s ok to be unsure yet willing to explore what’s next, to be remarkable, and to give up what the world tells you to do and chase your dreams. We go to WDS because we want to be inspired, to build community and to be with people who understand. That’s why it was hard to leave and why we take these connections home with us.
Thank you to: (links go to video of their presentation)
Nancy Duarte for awesomely analyzing those speeches and teaching us how to draw people in through our presentations.
Darren Rowse for bringing us back to our dreams and reminding us to create the future we want.
Jia Jiang for reminding us that rejection is not something we should be afraid of and that we risk rejecting ourselves if we do.
Gretchen Rubin for reminding us to “be [insert YOUR name here]” and giving insights on how to recognize our tendencies to work towards happiness.
Bob Moore for sharing the importance of giving back.
Tess Vigeland for being vulnerable and showing us it’s ok to not know what the hell we’ll do next, but reminding us to seek the remarkable.
Andrew Warner for teaching us the difference between our true mind and our counter mind.
Chase Jarvis for reminding us about the importance of creativity.
Steve Schalchlin for the wake-up call to come out and live!
Donald Miller for reminding us we are not our failures or our successes.
WDS Team and volunteers for brilliantly planning and executing this event. Loved the Welcome Tunnel, awesome branded swag, Opening Party at the Oregon Zoo, Closing Party complete with Bollywood dancing and everything in between.
Chris Guillebeau for bringing us together and putting hard work into building WDS.
WDS Community for being incredibly awesome and authentic.
For speaker notes, check out these awesome sketchnotes by @rohdesign.
Cheers to dominating the world!