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Comparison, Storytelling, and Age Guessing – a WDS Recap

Did I mention I was recently at World Domination Summit?

It was four and a half days filled with motivation, inspiration, connecting with others and myself, feelings of abundance and not-enoughness.

This year’s theme was ‘Build a better world’ and the slogan, Team Everybody.

I love how we can apply that on a global level and work to create a better planet full of beautiful, kind people who inhabit it. But it can also be used on a more micro level, within businesses, organizations, even a peer-to-peer group.

Here’s some nuggets of wisdom I learned during WDS 2017:

The two questions to ask someone when they’re telling a story to foster connection (and you can ask yourself the same ones when sharing your story) – what happened next? how did you feel? Thank you Marsha Shandur.

There are no shortcuts. It can take hundreds or thousands of posts, videos and tweets to find your voice and tribe in this world. But each time you take a step closer to that place. (HUGE h/t to Vanessa Van Edwards for sharing her incredibly vulnerable story. Yes, I cried.)

“Hope is the foundation upon which resilience is built” – Charles Hunt

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers.’ You will always find people who are helping.” – Fred Rogers (aka Mr. Rogers), via Branden Harvey of The Good Newspaper

Looking to do more to help the world? Consider charity: water’s The Spring.

You can’t make Marketing boilerplate. A fellow attendee had recently completed a marketing study, reviewing over 100 companies (both large and mid-size), to look at the art and science of their marketing. She found that there isn’t a template for all businesses to follow. It’s part art, part science, part feeling as to what will work and when for your business.

When thinking back on painful life experiences, you don’t need to look back in shame because “once you unpack those boxes, they’re still useful” – more brilliance from Charles Hunt

“Comparison is an addiction to losing.” – Agapi Stassinopoulos

Holy smokes does it take even longer than anticipated for me to recover from 1:1 chats with people. I couldn’t mentally function towards the end of the event.

I look like I’m 12 years old, apparently. This was ecstatically noted by a friendly LA attendee, who said I could easily star in a reboot of Glee. I’m still not sure about this one.

“Do your work. Do it well. Then ‘let go and let God.'”– Ryan Holiday, Ego is the Enemy, via Mohammed Faris

Gretchen Rubin is expanding on her Four Tendencies concept for personalities with a whole book on the subject, coming out this September. Not sure what tendency you are? Take The Four Tendencies quiz. (I’m a mix of Questioner and Upholder.)

Portland is still hands-down the best place in the country for plant-based eating.

Want to know more about the WDS experience? Write your Q’s below and I’ll be sure to leave you an A.

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