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June 2, 2011
Jacks River - Cohutta Wilderness

I’m at 36,000 feet over Idaho on the way to Portland as I write this.  As is often the case, a conversation with a good friend yesterday yielded a meaningful reminder of an audiobook that I had yet to read.  Eckart Tolle – Stillness Speaks.

Somewhere during the first hour of the flight, I realized I had it with me and immediately started to listen.

I drifted in and out of a light sleep as I listened to the calming voice of the author, whose work I greatly admire.  As a side note, if you haven’t had a chance to read any of Tolle’s work, I highly recommend it. The Power of Now is one of the most insightful books I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.  Continue Reading…

7 Days Until Departure

May 27, 2011
7 Days Until Departure - World Domination Summit

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.

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Doing Things

January 6, 2011
Brandon Sutton Skydiving

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…


Unconventional Book Tour Review

October 28, 2010

Tonight’s Unconventional Book Tour visit by Chris Guillebeau was one of the highlights of my year for sure.  I have been following Chris’s writing for about a year now and he’s one of those people that I just felt immediately drawn to the first time I saw his blog.  Tonight, Chris shared his passion for life and non-conformity with a huge crowd of Atlantans at my friend Judi’s Urban Oasis Bed & Breakfast about 1/2 mile from my loft.  There was an awesome spread of food and beverages and even a massive mural featuring Chris’s body with the face cut out for pictures, a couple of tigers, and the Urban Oasis backdrop behind him.  The lady that created it did an incredible job with it, and it was definitely the center of attention as people came into the space.

Unconventional Book Tour Chris GuillebeauWhat has always resonated with me about Chris’s message is that it’s not about him, and this book tour has been no exception.  He goes out of his way to make sure people know it’s about the other people in the room and the interesting connections that come out of these events.  I found this to be true in a very direct and personal way tonight.  I had a great conversation with a younger colleague that recently graduated who I had worked with on a project a few months ago.  He had some very kind things to say about our work together and the energy that he felt while working with me. It’s not that I had been some sort of divine inspiration or anything, but something definitely rubbed off when we worked together.  I literally had no idea that I had any affect on him and it was really great to hear that feedback.  I’m the first person to discount my own offerings while praising others for their brilliance.

Brandon and The Art Of Non-ConformityWhen Chris was giving his talk tonight, he reminded me that the World Domination Summit is coming up next June in Portland, and this is an event that I said for sure I would attend.  I received a check unexpectedly right before I left to go over to the party, and I’ve already carved out a portion to pay for the WDS ticket.  That’s just the way it works – things come together when they are meant to.

So, I’ll leave it at that for now.  But before I do, I’ll stress how incredible The Art of Non-Conformity is and how much I enjoyed reading it.  I recommend it to people all the time and think that every person who has ever questioned their path in life could benefit from its message. If you haven’t already read it, do yourself a favor and read it.  Now.

Special thanks to Chris Guillebeau for taking the time to do this tour and to Judi Knight for being an incredible host for the event tonight.  It was definitely a memorable evening!