I was run down and sick. I was struggling to sleep and just had a short phone call with my Mum to get some desperately needed 31st birthday wishes. My throat felt raw. I had pushed, drank, cajoled, listened, and dared to be with some of the most intrepid and interesting people I’d ever met and I felt worn out. I willed past my jet lag and faded away before the last day.
But as if I was going to let that ruin something called the World Domination Summit.
A meeting of unconventional minds
I first came across Chris Guillebeau via a friend’s Tweet to the “brief guide to world domination” (you can still find it here).
In it, Chris talked about themes that really resonated with me, like living with a purpose, avoiding average, and changing the world. I immediately read and followed as much of his stuff as I could. It was fun to follow, and great to see that not only did he put thoughts into words, but he backed up those words with what he did. I read his book The $100 Startup, heard about the 2013 World Domination Summit, and was disappointed when I wasn’t in a situation to get a ticket or get there.
Life carried on, my work situation made things a bit more feasible, and when tickets were announced for 2014 I purchased one in an instant via my mobile phone, having just woke up in Sydney, Australia and seeing the Tweet.
— Chris Guillebeau (@chrisguillebeau) September 25, 2013
I was working at Google in late 2013 and noticed that Chris was travelling to Sydney. I dropped him a note asking him if he’d like to drop by for lunch and he graciously accepted. It was great to meet someone further along on their journey and that you look up to, and Chris’s humility and gratitude were both great to see:
Went to lunch at Google Sydney today, courtesy of @marshwah. New goal: free Google lunch at campuses around the world.
— Chris Guillebeau (@chrisguillebeau) November 15, 2013
There was a lot going on in my life at the time, and the conversation helped with my impending decision to leave the company and try other things.
Unexpected bumps in the road
Things didn’t go smoothly, as this blog details, I tried a business but bit off more than I could chew. I took on a new role with an amazing company and was committed to making it work out. When I flagged that I had a trip to the summit planned but was ready to let it go, my manager was extremely understanding and helped make it work out.
Then things started to flow, I prepped my internal flights, booked accommodation, and by the time I hit San Francisco, I was ready to hit #WDS2014 in force.
I made it
Despite feeling run down on the Saturday night, I got to the summit and relished the opportunity. I’ve been searching for some inspiration and guidance and the summit for me was the catalytic kick up the arse I was looking for.
Scott Berkun, one of the many great speakers, did a solid summary of the content here.
What that didn’t capture was the meetups, interactions with like-minded people, and energy that you felt every where. It was electric.
What this means for me
Well I’m back to blogging again, I’ve tweaked my digital home, and have a list of projects I want to get involved with around the framework of self-learning, digital, and development. These conversations are already taking place and I’ll be blogging about them as I learn and grow.
But I’ve also given myself the objective of writing another book. Writing Being Bi-Bi was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had. But there’s more I want to say, and to a different audience. So with that in mind, I’m going to write an unconventional guide to your 20s by someone who is in their 30s. You can help the process by visiting this link: http://bit.ly/newbooktitle and letting me know what title hits a note.
I’m pretty happy with the afterglow I’m riding, and even though I had to travel far to source that inspiration, I feel like the best parts of the journey are still ahead.