That’s a tip of the hat to caffeine, here, and the copious amounts of coffee I’ve been downing, but also a nod of recognition to something deeper — something surprising, inspirational, and all-around life-changing in a way I honestly didn’t expect.
You could bundle it all up and call it WDS. The World Domination Summit rocked Portland, Oregon in spectacular fashion, collecting some five-hundred of my favorite people in the world in one great place. I’m still trying to process everything that happened there (and still trying to catch up on the terrible sleep debt I raked up as a result), but I wanted to steal a moment now to rant and rave in semi-delirious fashion about my biggest takeaway from the whole incredible event.
You can probably guess it.
I’ve lost track, now, of every person I met. I have a big stack of business cards in my backpack, thirty-something new friends on Twitter, and the memory of shaking every hand I could find, but one realization stands well above the rest: the simple act of connecting is what made all the difference in the world.
I’m inspired, now, in so many ways, and I’m still running on the combined energy — the combined enthusiasm — of every brilliant person who attended. That’s the value, I think, in surrounding yourself with people you know and respect. That’s the value in surrounding yourself with like-minded people, and that value is exactly what I stumbled into this past weekend at WDS: five-hundred people with similar ideas, ideals, and desires, the combination of which has left me stronger and happier than ever before.
Ready for the kicker?
I could have met just one person and left the same way. I’m lucky to have met so many incredible people, but the real value lay in what every single one of those connections came to offer: respect, support, and friendship, which are — at the end of the day — what we truly all need to thrive.
The number of connections, in other words, doesn’t mean a damn thing. I could have met one person, or I could have met a hundred, and in either case I would have rode the train back to Los Angeles with a satisfied (and terribly sleepy) smile.
Again: I’m inspired. I’m reminded of the incredible good this world has to offer, and I’m reminded, further, that even the smallest taste of it can make all the difference.
That’s my big takeaway from WDS, and likewise the Big Damn message of this post: connect. Find at least one person in this world who supports you, who understands what you want to achieve, and let them build you up as high as possible. The more the better, of course, but even one true friend is more than enough to help you become the person you want to be.
That’s what I found at the World Domination Summit. That’s why I have every intention of attending next year, and that’s why I hope with all of my heart that you can find your own support group to carry you where you want to be.
And hey! If no single person comes to mind, don’t hesitate to contact me. I’m happy to help, and I’m even happier to offer my support in whichever form you need it.
A Few Final Words
I’m just grateful.
I’m battered, bruised, and more exhausted than I’ve ever been, but I can’t even express how incredibly happy I am to have met so many wonderful human beings — so many people who challenged me, inspired me, and maybe even jumped out of a plane with me at 13,000 feet (more on that soon!).
In a few words, then: thank you to everyone who attended the World Domination Summit, and thank you to every person who didn’t — the wonderful people online who have reached out to me in the last year, and the new friends I made while blundering my way through California and Oregon.
I’ll be running on this energy throughout the next few weeks, I’m sure. Three New Leaves, in an exciting twist, will be relaunching soon, with a brand new design and something of a refined message to accompany it. Keep an eye on this space! Roots will officially go on sale, too, alongside an exciting contest to reward every wonderful person who reads this site.
Good things, my friends, are headed your direction!