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World Domination Summit 2012

I recently had the privilege to attend Chris Guillebeau‘s World Domination Summit in Portland. The theme was “How to live a remarkable life in a conventional world,” and this certainly was a conference full of remarkable people. I’ve never felt more connected, engaged and inspired than I did that weekend. I have found my people.

WDS 2012

Chris Guillebeau and J.D. Roth at WDS2012 – Photo by Chris Guillebeau

What does it mean to live an excellent, purpose filled life?

That is a question I have been asking myself for a long time. I once thought I could find the answer in consumption. A new car, house, electronics, and other forms of materialism can bring temporary satisfaction, but it never lasts. At least it didn’t for my wife and I.  Travel is also very enjoyable, but even that is a fundamentally selfish act.

After spending a weekend with such remarkable people in Portland, the answer to the question that has been haunting me for years has finally become crystal clear.

A great life is about connection and contribution. That is what it fundamentally means to be human. Everything else is secondary and superficial.

The Amazing Chris Guillebeau

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The Secret to Finding Your Passion

Papa Roach Concert in Amsterdam

The Secret to Finding Your Passion

Most of us are searching for a life calling that is financially, spiritually, and emotionally rewarding. Wouldn’t it be great to get paid to do what you love? Imagine being excited to get started on Monday morning, rather than dreading the start of another soul killing week. Here is the solution, but first we need some background information.

The Problem with Passion

There are some problems with the popular views of finding your passion, that likely get in the way of finding an occupation you truly enjoy:

1. Not every passion will earn you a great salary.

You might have a passion for watching movies, reading, eating potato chips, shopping, or even drinking coffee. While it is not impossible to earn an income doing those things, it is unlikely. You might be able to find related work, but it definitely won’t be doing the enjoyable part of those activities all day long.

 2. Passion is not enough.

Really enjoying an activity is not enough. For example, you may have a passion for playing guitar, but that doesn’t mean you will automatically become a rock star. You also need the image, charisma, distribution, marketing …