Here’s a quick introduction to WDS: it is a meeting place for people who want to answer the question, “How can I live a remarkable life in a conventional world?”
The World Domination Summit costs around $500 to attend, plus the cost of travel to Portland, Oregon and lodging (luckily an old friend hosted me). So… is it worth it?
I decided to attend WDS2014 because I have been working on my own side hustle for three years. It was either time to move on or to dig in. I decided it was time to dig deeper. Also, I had a list of people whom I wanted to meet and I would meet them at this event.
In the time before WDS, I came to some conclusions. I handed in my resignation. My last day would be the day before I left for WDS. The Summit would be my launch pad into a new commitment to my entrepreneurship dreams and life design.
Talks. The official speakers got kicked off on day one with AJ Jacobs, who came with a message that (1) we are all related as one big human family and (2) be bold and experimental but do it strategically. Jadah Sellner motivated us to not worry about finishing our dreams, just start, and choose love over metrics. Gavin Aung Than showed us what it’s like to quit your uninspiring job and make the leap into doing something you love. Shannon Galpin urged us to find and use our voice. Michael Hyatt helped us to balance life on a scale from drifting – designed – driven. Saki Mafundikwa discussed his work leading a design school in his native country and encouraged, “Jump and a net will appear.” On day two, Dee Williams showed us what it’s like to live in a tiny house and inspired us to wear our superman capes all the time. John Francis shared his experience as an environmental activist who took a 17-year vow of silence. Elise Blaha Cripe build on the idea of starting, doing what you’re afraid of, doing things before you’re ready. Scott Berkun talked about how to save your creative soul, listening to your inner voice, and defining success within you. The last speaker, John Jantsch, talked about his long-time experience with his business and that creating loyal customers is mostly about choosing the right customers. Throughout his stories he repeated, “Make good choices.”
Programming. Besides the talks, there is plenty of WDS programming in between. There are nightly parties, special Academies (talks by experts), special challenges (break a world yoga record), food, drink and socializing.
Meetups. As a participant at WDS, you can create your own meetup event. Anyone can attend. Meetups run the gamut for all interests from entrepreneurship to friendship. Luckily, there is downtime between official programming events so that participants can create and attend unofficial meetups.
Networking. In between all the official and unofficial programming, the thread that weave it all together is networking. There is a constant chatter at WDS. You can hear the excitement in the air as the buzz of 3,000 people connecting over shared values, goals and interests. Attending WDS is only what you put into it. If you come with some goals and are aggressively social, you will get a lot out of it. If I divided what I spent on WDS by the number of quality people I met, I would have an excellent return.
What are your priorities? I want to be a channel for inspiration both taking and giving, to meet people part of my tribe, meaning that they want to answer that question — How can I live a remarkable life in a conventional world.
So if you’re thinking about coming to WDS, ask yourself — what are your priorities? Are you willing to invest your time and energy in being part of the answer — how to live remarkably?