09 Jun

A Room Full Of Inspiration

**All Photos Credited to: Amarosa Studio

Without fail, every time I sat down, the person next to me would turn, look me in the eye, warmly greet me (often with a hug), introduce themselves and ask me about my story.

Do you know how powerful that is?

I spent the weekend in Portland, Oregon at the World Domination Summit. A gathering of remarkable people who are each stepping out to live unconventionally. There were plenty of travelers represented but also lots of entrepreneurs, fitness types, small business owners, on-line marketers and some very big names in the blogging world.

The most remarkable thing about all these people though was how un-remarkable they were. Egos checked at the door; sales pitches left in the hotel; shyness pushed aside. It was completely egalitarian and flat with people mixing and mingling at will regardless of on-line stature, wealth or fame.

It was about as ‘Chris Guillebeau’ as a gathering organized by Chris Guillebeau could be and was truly a testament to the message he spreads about authenticity and the power of yourself.

It really brought Pam Slims’ message of “anytime you feel uncomfortable, no matter where you are, greet someone. Make a connection” to the forefront. I was uncomfortable, overwhelmed and nervous but making the connection made all the difference.

Danielle LaPorte highlighted my most recent learning…“Be impeccably you. Boldness means pushing. Innovation’s messy. Enjoy it.”and cemented my whole ‘it’s not supposed to be easy’ philosophy.

My favorite was by John T Unger: “The difference between disaster and opportunity is to decide to make it an opportunity.” Which he shared after telling a story of having a nutbar holding a gun to his head!

There really are too many quotes and messages, underlying themes and overt comparisons, to do the weekend justice. I can’t say I learned anything brand new but I certainly came away with a stronger sense that I’m headed in the right direction and that living ‘unconventionally’ is not a solo path.

At the end of the weekend Chris revealed that there is a plan for WDS 2.0 and offered up a pre-pre-registration. We signed up immediately; not to return and attest to the changes we may or may not make in this coming year, but to meet more remarkable people and re-calibrate.

There is an early registration list; I urge you to put your name forward. You won’t regret it. I promise.

PS…I can’t believe I got through the whole post without saying the word AWESOME because, really, it was probably the one word that I kept using to describe the whole weekend. It seems like such a hokey term. But the weekend really was AWESOME!!! And we learned how to Bollywood Dance. See…AWESOME!!




13 thoughts on “A Room Full Of Inspiration

  1. The speakers, the people, the stories, the food, the beer, the total feeling of being welcome and valued, the ability to freely approach and talk with anyone…that was the spirit of WDS and you summed it up very well. So glad that we finally got to meet. You two are AWESOME!!

    Bollywood dancing was so much fun!
    Matt recently posted..What I Learned at the World Domination Summit

  2. I’ve read a few posts about this conference now and it sounds like an incredible couple of days. Back when I used to attend quite a few each year for work I always got really nervous about the networking – it always seemed to false – but it sounds like WDS would have been a great way to get past that and build up confidence!
    Megan recently posted..Taking a breather in Rishikesh

  3. I got to meet Kim from So Many Places this week and she told me about the conference. Her assessment was the same and she said meeting you was awesome as well. :) I will look into that summit. Sounds like a great experience.

  4. Gillian, you did such a good job of summing it up. I haven’t been able to put it in to words so I haven’t written about it yet. SO GREAT! I would have signed up for 2.0 ASAP but I’m not quite sure we’ll be on the continent :)
    Kim recently posted..The Crotchless Shorts Story

  5. Well done Gillian! I just wrote my first, after post and touched on different bits. But we all got the experience as Matt says above “the total feeling of being welcome and valued, the ability to freely approach and talk with anyone…that was the spirit of WDS” Amen!

    Sorry I didn’t meet you but I will be back too!

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