I’ve just returned from World Domination Summit in Portland, Oregon. Often when I say the name of the conference, I’m met with a blank stare or a question that usually sounds something like: What are you going to dominate?
Essentially, World Domination Summit (WDS) is a gathering of inspiring people doing impressive things. Chris Guillebeau, started the conference three years ago and it sells out every year despite more than doubling in size.
The reason I wanted to attend? Inspiration is contagious.
World Domination Summit: A Group of Big Dreamers
People who attend WDS dream big. Really big. But not only do they dream big, they turn their dreams into reality. They raise thousands of dollars for Charity Water, create bootcamps to promote strength and combat depression, and they start accountability clubs to take action.
But they are also doing simple things that really matter: helping others, being vulnerable and getting uncomfortable. All the things we believe in here at Big State, Big Life. In fact, these are the three values of WDS: Adventure, Community and Service.
WDSers all work in our respective communities doing work we love, but it is a turbo-charged energy boost to be able to connect in real life. I met several individuals that I’ve been connecting with online and I met a bunch more inspiring people who I’m looking forward to continuing to get to know in the coming months. I even committed to creating a local event with Scott McMurren who loves “evangelizing Alaska” on his blog, Alaska Travel Gram. When you surround yourself with inspiring people, the impossible seems possible.
And it was a whole lot of fun. We even set a world record for the longest floating human chain (618 people)!
The Hidden Agenda
The hidden agenda of the weekend was the “live your life as a story.” This resonated through the weekend. Telling your story and letting yourself be seen takes courage. We admire people who are authentic and vulnerable. My favorite speaker was Jia Jiang, sharing his own story of rejection and how a box of donuts changed his life. Seriously. Donuts. Who knew?
The Power of a Supportive Community
Reflecting on the weekend had me thinking about the power of a supportive community. A community that not only energizes you, but motivates you to take action on your dreams. A community that doesn’t say, “that’s a silly idea, you’ll never be able to so that” but instead says, “I think that’s a great idea, how can I help?”
A supportive community inspires, encourages and holds you accountable. They don’t let you defer your dreams until “someday.” We all need supportive communities. You are part of mine and I’m grateful to be part of yours. I’ll be sharing more in an upcoming post about my own action plan for creating a Big Life Accountability Support Team (BLAST) but until then I’ll leave to you consider a few questions and gems of wisdom from the weekend.