What does World Domination Summit mean to me? Well in 2012 it was a life changing weekend that I will never forget. I have been three times since that weekend. WDS just celebrated 5 years as a “conference”.
The themes of WDS are Community, Adventure and Service. Each of those may mean something different to each attendee as we are all pretty unconventional types. The saying goes, we are trying to live “a remarkable life in a conventional world.” Most of us have non-traditional work or we bring our unconventional mindset to the “corporate” job. To me, we are a bunch of misfits, weirdos and rebels. We buck the system in order to make a better one. We want to leave this world and the people in it better than we found it.
Community to me is the people. They are my tribe. I have never had a tribe that I loved so much before. Even though we are thousands of people, I know that everyone in this tribe is awesome, someone I could talk to and learn from. Someone that would listen to me if I had a problem. Someone that is doing something cool.
I love adventure. In fact, I live for adventure. A lot of the members of WDS are travelers. Either they have their own business so they can work from anywhere in the world or they love to travel far and wide when they go on vacation. Chances are pretty good that if you are going somewhere in the world you could run into a WDSer. If they have room, they’ll probably even put you up in their place or find you an awesome local place to stay.
That brings me to the service aspect of WDS. The people in this group are such givers. If you have a problem they’ll help you troubleshoot or connect you with someone that can. They often give you help for free. More of a “pay-it-forward” approach. If you do pay for their services it will be well worth it as I’m sure they’ll go over and above their already awesome contribution. Their work will be great because they love what they do and love that they are working on with you.
If we aren’t giving to each other than we are probably giving it to some other great organizations in the form of monetary donations or community service. The people in this community are just so giving.
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This WDS was particularly raw and vulnerable in the main stage talks. I think we were all crying on and off at certain points in time and none of us cared that we were doing so in “public”. We were sharing a moment and that was fantastic. We were listening to someone be real and we loved it.
The past three years I was an attendee but this year I wanted to give back to the community that has given me so much. I wanted to be that helpful person for those first timers or that friendly face to those that knew me. I was thanked so many times. I thanked them right back for coming and being a part of this great space that Chris Guillebeau created for us. I told them I wasn’t working too hard as I was loving what I was doing. Anything I could do to help!
Some of my favorite quotables from the weekend:
There is something bigger than yourself. —
Self confidence grows every time you promise to yourself.
Follow the path. See where it goes. Embrace uncertainty. —
Don’t trade your voice for things that don’t matter. It’s OK to say no. —
Loss is what cracks us open. It’s natural and leads to growth. —
It’s not about what you do but WHY you do it.
Even elephants are born small. —
Adulthood is a process of reinvention.” —
Abandon your ego and good things will happen. —
Sometimes you just have to let the tapestry cone completely undone to start again. —
Love is the only thing that lasts. —
Don’t make money, make a difference.
When you are an adult, try to be a kid again.
When you see people as just a platform, you eventually stand on them. —
No label will embody all of your gorgeousness, ever. Get over it. —
Something I always tell people who wonder why I am a photographer and designer, not just one or the other:
The same principals of design apply to photography. —
Till next year…keep the magic going!