I’m a few days removed from the World Domination Summit, and still processing everything from the weekend. I’d wanted to attend WDS for years, and was very excited to make it. Rather than make this a journal entry, here’s what really stood out to me from the event.
I met my co-workers
This could have happened anywhere, but for it to happen at WDS made it even more special. ConvertKit is a remote team, and even though we talk every day, this was the first time I met Nathan, Ashley, Nicole, Violetta, David, Barrett, and Steven. They’re even better in person (and Nathan is taller than I expected).
I met internet friends in real life
People that I’ve interacted with for months and even years were also there, and it was great to meet Ryan W, Ben, Ankur, Ashley, Anthony, Ryan, Steph, Matt, Joel, Mike, John, Dana, Sean, Josh, JD, Vanessa, Tyler, Angel, and many more.
I spent time with old friends
We live all over the country, so I was also fortunate to spend time with KC, Heath, Alyssa, Kyle, Tim, Joe, Wes, and Jeff. They’ve been incredibly helpful and generous to me in the past, and it’s always a gift to hang out together.
I met new 900+ other friends
Ok not literally, but I had that feeling. WDS is one of the best communities I’ve been around, everyone is so welcoming to everyone else. THere is a sence of caring and belonging in the crowd and the breakout sessions that permeates the weekend.
How did this happen?
At the closing party, with 80’s music blaring from the front and hum of tattoo artists in the back, I talked with my friend Wes. He asked why I felt so connected to the group, what were they doing well so they could focus more on it?
“Chris creates space for a person to be the best version of him or herself.”
That was it to me. WDS centers on the whole person, not just building your business, improving yourself, or dominating the world. In fact the 3 pillars of WDS are Adventure, Service, and Community.
By focusing on creating the space for people to be themselves, and helping the core team and the ambassadors do it as well, it makes every single person there feel the freedom to do the same.
The first speaker that jumps to mind first is Chelsea Dinsmore. Her husband Scott was killed in a mountaineering accident just last year, and they were very involved in this community. Her story of dealing with heartbreaking change affected us all, and you can see the courage she’s facing life with.
Her story, along with Jonathan Field’s talk on inspiration and the 5 Be’s, stood out to me because they set my family foremost in my mind. Jonathan carries a heart that his daughter drew him before WDS a few years ago, and it’s what came to mind when he was asked “what inspires you?”.
When I arrived home, a picture my son drew was stuck to the door. I hadn’t told my wife that story yet. Pretty cool 😀
Vanessa Van Edwards held a great academy on Friday, talking about the science of happiness. My big takeaway was when you’re nervous, say out loud before the event “I’m excited!”. Studies have shown that just this positive affirmation will lessen the anxiety you feel about the situation. Are you excited?
Michelle Poler talked about facing fears, and her 100 day fear project. What stuck with me was her bravery in jsut stepping in to all of this. English is her 2nd language, and she delivered a flawless talk.
Zach Anner rolled up on stage (literally) and gave the funniest presentation of the weekend. He has a great sense of humor, and gave everyone plenty to think about in our own lives and challenges. What I heard most clearly was we all need the help of others to achieve our dreams.
Zach said one of the gifts of his condition (cerebral palsy) was how aware he is of needing others, and that most people don’t see it in there own lives. I know I don’t most of the time.
Another highlight was Saturday sight dinner. Barrett and his wife Nicole hosted us plus other friends for delicious bbq (thanks buddy). Good food, good drinks, and good people. It really felt like a family reunion, one that I was welcome at and included in. I really just tried to soak it in.
Finally, one of the fun things I always get to do is sketchnote the conference sessions. Sketchnotes are a fun way to collect big ideas and remember them more clearly in the future. I had a lot of happy feedback from the speakers and other attendees, so I wanted to share them with you here!
Food and Drink
With any visit to Portland comes lots of food and drink. In just a few days, here’s the list.
- Deschuetes Brewery
- Blue Star Donuts
- Voodoo Donuts
- Life of Pie
Breweries & Bars
- Deschuetes Brewery
- 10 Barrel
- Crystal Ballroom
- Case Study
- Powell’s Books
- Bridge Run
- US Outdoor Store
I know I’m leaving parts out, but there was so much. The closing party was great, nothing but 80’s music and happiness.
Thanks to Chris and the entire WDS ambassador team for putting on an amazing event, and to the ConvertKit team for sponsoring my attendance there. It was a blessing and I fully plan on attending next year!