My wife and I just had the opportunity to spend another amazing weekend in Portland at Chris Guillebeau‘s World Domination Summit (WDS). Just as last year, I left feeling inspired and transformed. It is truly an amazing experience.
Portland is a beautiful city full of great restaurants and cafes and the conference has many inspirational speakers and workshops, however, the greatest personal value I get is from the opportunity to meet so many talented and motivated people. This is one of the best places in the world to meet with people I’ve known online, connect with old friends and discover new like-minded bloggers and entrepreneurs.
Going to WDS feels like returning home to a small town where every one is friendly and helpful. We all seem to share similar beliefs and it feels like we are resonating at the same wavelength while the rest of the world is way, way out of tune.
It’s great to be around so many people where I don’t have to explain why I live the way I do or why I work towards my crazy dreams. These people get it. These people are my people. It’s the rest of the world that is so confused.
The Value of Relationships
We all know that rich personal connections are critical to business and career success, however, it’s not always so easy to follow through on establishing and strengthening those relationships. The World Domination Summit brings together the highest concentration of my peers in one location at the same time. (I also love Chiang Mai for that same reason.)
Connections are invaluable for employment and entrepreneurial opportunities, but it’s about much more than that. Rich personal relationships with other people are what make life worth living. In fact, after health, nothing is more valuable then quality time spent with friends and family.
Unfortunately, so many people seem to make work and lifestyle decisions that degrade their health and limit time spent with loved ones. Working 60 plus hours a week in a job you hate is not for the sake of your family. Your spouse and your children don’t need a giant house, fancy cars and consumer items to be happy. They need you. If you are not there, you are not working for your family.
In our society, human interactions are all too often viewed as transactions where opportunists try to suck as much out of the connection as possible. At most networking events, far too many people throw out business cards as if they were confetti at a wedding.
The World Domination Summit is not like that at all. People talk and interact for the value of the conversations. Those human interactions have value in and of themselves. Imagine talking to a stranger, because you want to talk to a stranger. That doesn’t happen too often in everyday life.
My weekend in Portland has cemented old friendships and has established new ones. It has opened up new opportunities and improved my view of the world. Those few days at the World Domination Summit have made me a better person.
Thanks Chris Guillebeau, J.D. Roth and the entire WDS team of staff and volunteers that worked tirelessly to put on another mind-blowing event. It’s obvious that endless hours of planning and hard work are required to make the conference such a success every year. My wife and I bought our tickets for next year and we are already counting down the days.
Who else is going to be there?