Last weekend, I had the privilege and honor of attending the first World Domination Summit in Portland, Oregon. WDS is Chris Guillebeau’s brainchild and together with a team of dedicated volunteers, he achieved what I can only describe as an epic coming together of hearts and minds of change agents and explorers from around the world.
I could sense the energy in the city from the time we hopped on the Max train at the airport. We were speaking with a local resident about World Domination and good Pinot Noir as the train wound through beautiful northwest neighborhoods, and a young lady across from me overheard us and said she was attending WDS as well. Continue Reading…
7 Days Until Departure.
These are the words that I could hardly imagine when Chris Guillebeau first announced the World Domination Summit last September. #WDS has been sold out since January, which is quite a remarkable achievement for someone who has never produced a live event before.
So, what is this World Domination Summit all about anyway?
Lately, I’ve been asked that question many times, so I thought I would explain how I perceive it here in the hopes that the ideals behind the summit will benefit others – even if they do not attend.
My friend Nathan who I met back in the Summer of 2010 said something to me then that has stuck with me ever since:
‘It’s always nice to meet other passionate, energetic people who like to not just talk, but do things.’
This really resonated with me, and it gave me a boost of confidence during a challenging time that I was going through. It turned out the friendships that formed during this period of my life enabled Spirit of the Gulf Coast to become a reality and for many positive changes to take place as a result. Doing things in this context is something that I continually aspire to, especially when they help make the world a better place to live.
I have always prided myself on ‘doing things’ that many people think are crazy, irrational, impractical, dangerous, etc. This is what makes me feel alive. These are the things that bring joy to my life, and often the lives of others. I’ve come to realize lately that although many of my adventures are done as part of my own personal journey, they have affected many others, some of which I don’t even know about. Btw, if you missed my last post on the 2010 recap, it has a quick summary of the highlights that you can check out here. Continue Reading…
Sunday night, I returned from my last great adventure of 2010. This time, it was a road trip to Northern Vermont – the Green Mountain State. However, on this trip, the mountains were pure white – covered in 2 feet of fresh snow. Awesome!
This was a significant trip for several reasons. First of all, it was the first trip that I have taken in a long time that didn’t have a lot of activity set out in advance. It was really a trip of getting away from the grind. Letting go. Disconnecting. Absorbing in the moment. Relaxing. Opening up.
And by the way, it just so happened that the entire northeast region got rocked by a huge blizzard right before we left! We had plans to leave on Monday the 27th, and the storm hit New England on the 26th and 27th. So, we basically drove right into it, or followed it to be more accurate. Continue Reading…