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74 Unconventional Stories, Ideas & Beliefs for Making an Unforgettable Impact in a Conventional World (#WDS 2012)

74 Unconventional Stories, Ideas & Beliefs for Making an Unforgettable Impact in a Conventional World (#WDS 2012)

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“Most will say you’re crazy to try. Find those who say you’d be crazy not to.”

Jenny Blake

Being in the Right Place

Every year I dedicate at least a few weekends and a few thousand dollars to being in the right place.

To attending events with people who see the world in a similar way.

In a world where most people encourage complacency, we need a sanctuary where people understand why all of us interested in living meaningful lives, do what we do. I go to belong. To be inspired. To find ideas I’d never discover on my own. To find people who hold me to a higher standard.

Because in that environment, magic happens. 

There is no more powerful component to doing work that matters, to making a difference and to Living Your Legend, than putting yourself around the right people. It also happens to be the #1 ingredient to connecting with anyone.

Last weekend was a perfect example. Chris Guillebeau hosted 1,000 people in Portland at his second annual World Domination Summit.

For a weekend 1,000 of us got to feel at home.

Humbled by Greatness

As I read through 20+ pages of notes from the weekend, I noticed one phrase I had scratched down on almost every page: holy shit, these guys are doing insane things.

Every talk, every conversation and every interaction, left me thinking the exact same thing.

Don’t get me wrong, I am extremely proud of what I’ve built, both at Live Your Legend and other parts of life. I am proud of the impact I’m having and the way I’m helping. In fact, between last year’s event and this year, there’s probably never been a period of more business and personal growth.

Yet… among these folks I almost felt like I was playing small ball.

Not in the “damn, I’m not enough” sort of way, but in the “damn, how much bigger could I be thinking?” sort of way.

As a result, my vision of where Live Your Legend is heading, completely blew up. It was awesome (and I can’t wait to share it with you later on).

When surrounded by people making a genuine and unique difference, while doing exactly what they want to be doing, you can’t help but wonder, what level am I operating on? How much bigger, more focused or clever could my impact be?

A few of the stories I loved hearing were:

    • Stephanie who decided to donate to a different charity every day for a year.
    • Nate who thought it’d be fun to walk from one side of America to the other to inspire folks to go after big dreams.
    • Chantelle who started One Girl, a charity to provide education to young girls in Sierra Leone.
    • Adam and Grant who assembled a film crew and did a 4-month sprint across the country to profile the tragedy of complacency in our society and do their part in getting the world to refuse the scripted life. Their documentary “I’m Fine. Thanks.” premiered on Saturday night. Had the room in tears.
    • Jodie, a recovering lawyer and travel fanatic who’s just about to publish her first book, on eating cheaply and safely abroad.
    • Scott, an ex New York club promoter, who decided his time was better spent solving Africa’s clean water problem (and fixing the broken charity model), founded charity: water, and is solving both likely better than anyone else on the planet.
    • Brandon founded Kids of the Gulf to document the effects the gulf oil spill has had on kids, and give them a venue to speak out.
    • Marianne, a humanitarian turned virtual yoga and presence teacher who spends most her time hosting workshops around the world.
    • And 992 others…

The stories, ideas and lessons are enough to fill a year’s worth of articles, but for now I wanted to share the ideas straight from the people creating the disruption. Below are my most impactful takeaways from the last few days (at least according to my notes – I surely missed some gems).

74 Unconventional Stories, Ideas & Beliefs for making an impact in a conventional world.

ideas to remember

Brené Brown, vulnerability author and famed TED speaker

1. No one belongs here more than me. When in doubt of your surroundings, this is the mantra.
2. The ultimate currency is being uncool. Be vulnerably you and watch how you connect.
3. The opposite of scarcity is enough. Be confident that if you’re doing work that matters to you, you are enough. There is no comparison.
4. Unused creativity is not benign – it turns into grief. Do something with it.
5. Get in the arena, show up, do your thing and don’t be afraid to get your ass kicked a little bit.
6. Who you are will always trump who you think people want you to be.
7. You can’t control if someone loves you back. Love them anyway.

Scott Harrison, founder of charity: water

8. There’s no power or redemption in guilt.
9. You can spend $16 on a margarita or feed a family of four for a month in Liberia. You get to choose.

Josh Kaufman, bestselling author of The Personal MBA

10. The key metric is how much value have I added to the people I care about.
11. For everything we don’t like to do, there’s someone out there who’s really good, wants to do it and will enjoy it.
12. You can be successful without ever hitting any of the credentials people say you should care about.

Scott Belsky, bestselling author of Making Ideas Happen

13. The second chapter is a little more difficult to write than the first. Keep writing.
14. Most people quit jobs because they are not fully utilized. Find a job or career that allows you to be as much of who you are as possible.
15. Pure focus on organization and execution trumps most everything. Dreaming is only the first step.
16. The #1 ranked supply chain company five years in a row is Apple. Process matters.
17. Nothing extraordinary is ever achieved through ordinary means.

Chris Brogan, bestselling author of Trust Agents

18. The opposite of fear is not courage. It’s giving up. Fear and courage live side by side. Surrender is the killer.
19. The more willing you are to look dumb, the better you look.
20. The only real plot is “Who Am I?”
21. Untangle from other peoples’ scripts. They weren’t written for us anyway.
22. Take the criticism with the praise. You can’t accept one without the other. Say thank you to both. Then keep moving.
23. Confidence comes from trying things. From learning, doing, failing and experiencing. Start doing.
24. You will succeed the weirder you get. Be uniquely you.
25. If you don’t earn it, you don’t get it. Work your ass off. (It’s no surprise that Chris Brogan and Chris Guillebeau write between 1,000 and 4,000 words every day.)
26. There are no shortcuts.
27. Don’t settle: Don’t finish crappy books. If you don’t like the menu, leave the restaurant. If you’re not on the right path, get off it.
28. It’s not who you say you are, it’s what you do. The only way to be an author is if you write. A painter means painting. A musician means playing. There’s no substitute.
29. Understand why people do what they do. Incentives have incredible power.
30. It starts with empathy. Remember names. If it’s difficult for you then practice.
31. No one is going to die. Don’t constantly check your phone and email as if it’s life or death. It’s not. Get something meaningful done.
32. Find a Super Team. Solo acts never win. We need more bands.
33. Use your powers for good. Promote good work.

Dan Noll and Audrey Scott, husband and wife full-time world-traveling team for 5+ years straight & counting

34. Nothing worth it in this world is an easy decision to make.
35. Embrace Regret Avoidance. Refuse to look back and wonder what would have happened if…
36. There is no generosity greater than the generosity of spirit. That’s the rule, not the exception.
37. We are all more connected than we could ever imagine. Say hello.
38. Life is a team sport.
39. Follow your curiosity.
40. When your friends and family say it’s crazy, you know it’s probably the right thing to do.
41. Shared accomplishment trumps personal accomplishment.

Cal Newport, Georgetown professor, learning hacker & author of four books on unconventional school and career approaches

42. The tragic mistake is to figure things out in the abstract without getting out and doing it. There is no substitute for experience. Get it.
43. Get good at something rare and valuable. Then use it to gain experience with things that matter to you. This leads to passionate work.
44. You must have something unique and valuable to offer.
45. Once you’re an expert, there’s much more pressure to take the standard path and not follow the direction you actually desire.
46. If it’s interesting to you and will give you interesting options if you do it well, then you’re much more likely to end up loving what you do.

J.D. Roth, personal life transformation guru and creator of award-winning blog, Get Rich Slowly

47. Peoples’ lives are not dull by chance. It’s a result of our conscious patterns.
48. Say “no” to the things that don’t excite you so you can say “hell yes!” to the things that do.
49. Allocate as much money to what excites you as you can. Cut back hard on the things you don’t care about. If you love wine, then drink good wine. If T.V. doesn’t matter, then cancel the cable bill.
50. It doesn’t matter what we say matters to us. It’s the things we do that are our priorities. If writing’s most important, then write. If it’s running, then run.
51. Our society values complacency. Find the people who shun it.
52. We are a part of all we have met. You get to decide who you meet, what you experience and how you live.
53. Change yourself. Change the world.

From all of us:

54. Use the awesome accomplishments of those around you as inspiration to step up your game, not intimidation.
55. Freedom comes from providing value for others.
56. Every successful blog, movement and idea has a real and personal story behind it. A reason why, that a community can rally behind.
57. Be careful doing too much market research. All the competition you find might keep you from creating something people genuinely want and need.
58. People value it a lot more when they pay for it than when they get it for free.
59. The questions people ask you over and over is the expertise you can charge people for.
60. Real connection doesn’t come from sharing only your highlights. Practice full transparency. Share the warts.
61. Learn to be an amazing storyteller.
62. Conviction is the ultimate secret sauce.
63. Big sexy goals come from taking one small unsexy step at a time.
64. There is no cap on your potential success.
65. Most will say you’re crazy to try. Find those who say you’d be crazy not to.
66. Courage is not always glamorous.
67. Don’t compare your inside to someone else’s outside.
68. The timing is never perfect.
69. Just start. Then keep going.
70. Money is never an issue.
71. Be yourself. Do what’s fun. But show up.
72. Have a big dream and be willing to lose it.
73. Inspiration is only useful if followed by action. What are you going to do about it?

74. Believe in possibility.

The community makes it possible

We are hardwired to connect.

This is the thread that wove the weekend together. Whether the crowd knew it or not, it’s why we were all there.

It’s really the only reason I show up. After all, if it weren’t for the people, everything else could be learned by spending the day in a dark room in front of your laptop watching TED talks. No plane fight, hotel room or slight hangover required.

It’s not about what you learn. It’s about who you learn it from, the connections you create with them, and what you are able to do with it once you join forces. 

It all comes back to community.

Over the weekend I had the honor of giving a talk on How to Connect with Anyone, which was no doubt the most fun and proud moment I’ve ever spent on stage. I could not have asked for a better setting or audience. Thanks to those of you who were there and obeyed the ‘3-second rule’ and came up to say hi. It meant more than you realize. For the rest of you, I plan to post the full talk soon.

Believing in possibility

Just over four years ago no one had hear of Chris Guillebeau. This year he got 1,000 unbelievable people to travel from 20 countries to spend 3 days together. He had to turn down 4,500.

That was only four years ago. Two years ago there was no Live Your Legend. I didn’t know a single person on the Internet.

It’s sometimes easy to forget how powerful possibility can be.

How big of a castle you can build just by laying one brick at a time.

It doesn’t even have to take that long.

You just need the conviction to keep stacking the bricks.

As it turns out, possibility and success only have one limit: imagination.

The ultimate responsibility…

$100 Investment

As the main events closed on Sunday evening, Chris held up an envelope on stage.

He explained that while last year they lost about $30k hosting the event, this year they ended up under budget – to the tune of about $100 per attendee.

A $100,000 profit isn’t bad for a weekend event.

But instead, as we all left that evening, heads swarming with ideas, we were given an envelope.

In that envelope was a crisp $100 bill and simple instructions: “Put these funds to good use. Start a project, surprise someone, or do something entirely different – it’s up to you.”

How’s that for impact?

I’m still not sure where my $100 will end up, but you can be sure it will be someplace that matters (I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!).

We all have a responsibility. A responsibility that trumps all others. To take our possibility and see to it that we leave no rock unturned. That we do all we’re capable of doing to have the impact that only we can have.

We owe this to ourselves as much as we do to the people around us.

Let’s take it seriously.

I’ll end this the same way I ended my talk this weekend, with the definition of the Bantu word ubuntu.

I am what I am because who we all are…

You all hold me to a standard I couldn’t have dreamed of a few years ago. And we’re just getting started.

Thank you.


How about You?

Which of the above lessons was most powerful for you? If you were there, what was your biggest ah-ha? Share in the comments below.

P.S. If you were not a part of WDS this year, I hope you’ll join us in 2013. Last year tickets sold out in minutes so be sure to get on the waiting list.

And in case you missed it, here’s my 2011 World Domination Summit recap


  • Benny
    Posted at 19:49h, 10 July Reply

    Thanks for the great soundbites from WDS. Getting the 100 bucks is really great. I’m sure there will be some great stories next year about how some turned that money into something great. I’ve gotta get to WDS next year for sure.

  • Scott
    Posted at 20:40h, 10 July Reply

    Yeah I bet the stories will be unreal- such a powerful move. Hope you can join us in 2k13!

  • tahlee
    Posted at 21:57h, 10 July Reply

    Wow! Just fantasic Scott. I was so inspired all weekend watching the WDS tweets roll in and this the absolute icing on the cake (which everyone knows is the best bit. Unless it’s marzipan. That stuff is gross. But this isn’t marzipan. Yay!).
    The message that just keeps showing up for me right now is authenticity, originality & vulnerability. So many peeps have said it straight – BE. YOURSELF.

    Thanks for sharing what looks like an ahmazing weekend. Fingers crossed I can get from Australia to Portland next year. 🙂

    • Scott
      Posted at 10:16h, 14 July Reply

      So true – There is no more powerful differentiator than being who you uniquely are. Own it!

      Btw, I love Marzipan 🙂

      Would love to see you next year!

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  • Elana
    Posted at 22:55h, 10 July Reply

    Amazing post Scott! It was so awesome getting the chance to meet and chat with you this weekend at WDS. You’re one of those people a few steps ahead of me that gives me the motivation to expand things in big ways in the future!

    Also thanks for the free book, I just started reading it, will get back to you with my thoughts 🙂

    • Scott
      Posted at 13:31h, 11 July Reply

      It was a blast getting to connect live Elana. I’m super excited for you. You’re much further along than you probably realize. Thanks for the great comment during the talk too. Enjoy the Alchemist!

  • Sam Breach
    Posted at 23:13h, 10 July Reply

    Hi Scott
    I think the lessons that keep re-entering my head the most are yours. The 3 second rule is difficult for me but I’ve already started practicing (on you! At the airport!) And the comment about never thinking about a room full of strangers and to approach them instead as friends you haven’t met yet, has started to make me feel a little bit braver. Thank you.


    • Darlene
      Posted at 23:46h, 12 July Reply

      It was great meeting you too Sam!

      • Scott
        Posted at 10:17h, 14 July Reply

        So fun meeting both you ladies. Sam – so glad you came up to say hi. Isn’t that 3 second rule fun?!?

        Hope our paths cross in SF a bit.

  • Jen Brown ~ Sparta PT
    Posted at 05:20h, 11 July Reply

    A fabulous wrap up of the event, especially for those of us unable to be there.

    I love Chris Brogan’s point about not settling for bad books or menus. I’ve always taken the view that life is too short to read bad books or drink bad red wine! But I do find that when surrounded by people who settle for complacency (especially at work), that lesson can lose its gloss. Another reason not to associate with such people!

    • Scott
      Posted at 10:18h, 14 July Reply

      Agreed! We are so hardwired to want to finish what we started but if it’s clear it’s a waste of time then we gotta shut it off.

      Isn’t it crazy how hanging around a bunch of complacent people can have such an effect though?

  • Benjamin
    Posted at 05:23h, 11 July Reply

    YO Scott,

    I’ve been following the Wrap-ups from WDS and I loved this. Thanks for the succinct-ness.

    Brene’s message is speaking to me: “No one belongs here more than me. When in doubt of your surroundings, this is the mantra.”

    I’m wrapping up some loose ends right now & trying to BE HERE to suck up all the wisdom from this (NOT envision how awesome life will be once I’m done). Rock it!

    • Scott
      Posted at 10:19h, 14 July Reply

      Love it. Believing you belong is huge. And it’s true! Glad you found the notes succinct 😉

  • David A Moore
    Posted at 05:47h, 11 July Reply

    Great stuff. Thanks for the recap. The $100 tells you more about Chris than reading any of his content. As far as the use of it, hmmm? My first impression was to put it to use in the USA. So, so much easier to send to organization overseas that says “$8.00 a day feeds a family of 12 for a week”. DON’T DO THAT. That’s the easy way out. How can $100 have a $1000 impact? That’s a great question. Can’t wait to hear what happens next. – David

    • Scott
      Posted at 10:20h, 14 July Reply

      Yeah I agree. Is there any better example of speaking with actions than giving those $100’s out?? I agree on how to spend it. I’m still giving it some serious thought.

  • Michelle Ainslie
    Posted at 05:50h, 11 July Reply

    This was the best blog post I’ve read – EVER.
    Thank you Scott…you’re truly a legend.

    • Scott
      Posted at 13:32h, 11 July Reply

      WOW. Well thank you Michelle. I think I’m blushing ;).

      Remember you guys hold me to the standard that gets me to spend a full day writing a post. So thank YOU!

  • Sebastian Lora
    Posted at 06:14h, 11 July Reply

    Scott, they are all powerful, but the one that touched me the most was 63. Big sexy goals come from taking one small unsexy step at a time. We definitely need to get our hands dirty first… Great post, hope to make it next year, and glad that “we’re just getting started”. Greetings from Mallorca, Spain.

    • Scott
      Posted at 10:21h, 14 July Reply

      Indeed- the tiny steps are the only things that get us anywhere. And the funny thing is that taking just one is so so easy. We just need to chunk it down.

  • Paul Dennis
    Posted at 07:35h, 11 July Reply


    You talked about going to places like that to belong, to be inspired. Hopefully this comment helps in some way to inspire you as well. I wanted to tell you that it is posts like these that are my own personal World Domination Summit. It is you and your materials that show me that there are others like me here, and inspire me to keep pushing to discover my true self and my true calling. For those of us who are still on the path of finding our passions, of finding our true selves, thank you so much for bringing the lessons you learned to us. I know without a doubt it is things like this that will get me to my tipping point to have that ah-hah moment, and I sincerely thank you for it.


    • Scott
      Posted at 10:26h, 14 July Reply

      Wow Paul. Thank you for this. More than anything, my biggest goal with Live Your Legend is to provide a community where all of us who believe what we do, about doing work that matters and putting our dent in the world, have a place to come and belong. To inspire and be inspired. To raise our own standard and those of everyone around us to do things things that make the difference. You are a huge part of that. So glad we could help. It goes both ways!

  • vanae
    Posted at 07:58h, 11 July Reply

    hey scott,
    i totally missed WDS this year and because of your post, i feel that i was there. chris has done such an amazing job.

    thanks for this fantastic summary of highlights – inspiring and moving.

    glad we’re here to move mountains and help add more meaning to this life we live. cheers to what you’re doing here.

    i hope to speak at WDS some day soon.

    • Scott
      Posted at 10:27h, 14 July Reply

      We move mountains together. They’re too heavy on our own… Thanks for joining in!

  • BrightLittleSocks
    Posted at 08:45h, 11 July Reply

    Two things really spoke to me:

    28. It’s not who you say you are, it’s what you do. The only way to be an author is if you write. A painter means painting. A musician means playing. There’s no substitute.

    63. Big sexy goals come from taking one small unsexy step at a time.

    Thanks for bringing these things up, all of the points you mentioned are definately valuable, but these two just made something click for me. 🙂

    Thank you for your awesome work at LYL, I can’t believe you just got started in 2011!

    • Scott
      Posted at 10:30h, 14 July Reply

      This means more than you realize. Thank you. And in full disclosure, while LYL is just coming up on its first birthday, I had been writing, learning and experimenting for plenty of years before that. LYL just ended up being the perfect way to laser focus it in a way to help as best I could.

      As for authors writing, I’ve adopted a daily writing habit ever since WDS. At least 500 words a day. So far it’s gotten me writing an extra 4,000 words just this week. If you’re an author then write. Check!

      Amazing how powerful the momentum can feel.

  • Electra Ariail
    Posted at 08:46h, 11 July Reply

    Hey Scott,
    It was great to meet you at the WDS opening party (over your empanada w/Corbett) I am marinating in all the goodness of the weekend, and these highlights are a fantastic recap. Although I haven’t decided how to I’ll multiply Chris’s $100 investment, I wanted to take some sort of immediate ACTION within 24 hours of arriving home, so I started a Kiva lending team for the WDS2012 attendees so we could track the collective giving of the group! Whether you’re a new kiva lender or you’ve been lending for years, if you are feelin’ it, hop on over and join our group. You can belong to multiple groups, and each loan you make, you have the option of picking the “group” that loan goes under.​world_domination_summit_2012/​by/electra6813
    I’m excited to watch the recording of your talk!
    Keep shining 🙂

    • Scott
      Posted at 10:33h, 14 July Reply

      So fun meeting you too Electra. You were no doubt the best dressed last weekend! I love your Kiva idea. I was going to check it out right now but I actually had trouble using the link. Any ideas?

      So glad we connected!

      • Electra
        Posted at 15:34h, 20 May Reply

        Can’t BELIEVE I missed your response. Well nearly a year has passed, but I’m excited to share how our WDS Kiva Lending team has grown. Those WDS dollars have spread hope all over the globe. Come see for yourself! (Appreciate the compliment & I have to reflect one back to you- your TEDx talk ROCKED!!!!! Congrats on a phenomenal job!!!) This link works! 🙂
        All my best,

  • Jon Wilburn
    Posted at 09:03h, 11 July Reply

    Scott –

    Hey, I’m making a public announcement on Live Your Legend. “I am going to be at #WDS next year.”

    2 gems stand out:

    1. You will succeed, the weirder you get. Be uniquely you.

    2. If you don’t earn it, you don’t get it. Work your ass off.

    Awesome list.


    • Scott
      Posted at 10:33h, 14 July Reply

      Yeah Jon! Can’t wait to see you out there.

  • George Mihaly
    Posted at 09:08h, 11 July Reply

    Awesome list Scott. My recommended additions…(SPOILER ALERT-three of them are from you)
    #75-“If you don’t take positions and create strong content, nobody cares.” -Jonathan Fields
    #75-“Connecting is not a box that you check, it’s a way of living.” -Scott Dinsmore
    #76-“You can’t do passionate work unless you surround yourself with passionate people.” -Scott Dinsmore
    #77-“There is no networking, there is only friendship.” -Scott Dinsmore

    See you at 2013. Cheers -George

    • Scott
      Posted at 10:35h, 14 July Reply

      Love it George! Nice to see someone was taking notes ;). Those were possibly the three most important points I had wanted to make during the talk. So awesome that you picked up on them.

  • Jeff Orr
    Posted at 09:15h, 11 July Reply

    Couldn’t make the summit, but thanks for sharing the summary. #73 stood out to me. So true. I have been inspired many times throughout the years only to find that nothing was ever done due to my own inaction. We all need to be around people who inspire and motivate us to a higher purpose.
    Thanks Scott!

    • Scott
      Posted at 10:37h, 14 July Reply

      That’s no joke the biggest life hack I’ve ever come across. And it’s so simple and so in our control. Surround yourself with the right people. Our community here isn’t a bad place to start. So glad you’re here!

  • Casey Berman
    Posted at 09:59h, 11 July Reply

    Great list Scott, just what I needed this morning.

    I’m going next year!


    • Scott
      Posted at 10:37h, 14 July Reply

      Would love to see you out there!

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  • Kevin
    Posted at 12:00h, 11 July Reply

    Yo scott!

    All of the tidbits were awesome inspiration, but #55 hit home with me. Provide immense value and you will be truly free. I can’t believe your mission here only began 2 years ago, that right there is a powerful statement in itself.

    Lastly, I raise a toast to all the readers husting to make WDS a reality next year, lets make it happen!

    • Scott
      Posted at 10:39h, 14 July Reply

      Agreed! I would love to see a huge contingent of our LYL community making a showing next year. It changes the game in a massive way. In the meantime I plan to host some smaller live meetups around San Francisco. Keep an eye out for those!

      • Kevin
        Posted at 00:10h, 20 July Reply

        Taking the community to the streets, I love it! Super interested I’m only three hours away, it would be ao awesome to make the trip!

  • Rose Byrd
    Posted at 13:34h, 11 July Reply

    Scott, among others, you have most graciously filled me in on these exciting reports from WDS. Another blogging friend,Tammy Strobel, over at RowdyKittens blog, has been very involved in this summit. Would that ANY political campaign would adopt some of these ideas!

    • Scott
      Posted at 10:39h, 14 July Reply

      Ha ha So true.

      And I’ve only briefly met Tammy but I love the work she’s doing.

  • Ben Didacus Opiyo
    Posted at 15:16h, 11 July Reply

    hi scott,

    That was a truly awesome weekend! Thanks too for sieving and sharing with us the inspiring nuggets. I could pick many but the three that grabbed me are;
    10. The key metric is how much value have l added to the people l care about.
    51. Our society values complacency. Find the people who shun it.
    64. There is no cap on your potential success
    Am truly glad that am part of your wonderful community of LYL. It embraces all the three and much more!

    • Scott
      Posted at 10:42h, 14 July Reply

      It’s an honor to have you here Ben. This community means so much to me and what we’ve built. One of my biggest takeaways from WDS this year was to make this even more of a community where we can connect, help each other, trade ideas and make change. I have a few ways to take that to a new level which I’m really excited about – will update you all soon.

      But I am all ears on how else we can make this community even more closely bound. Everyone, please speak up with any ideas!

  • Nathan Entrepreneur
    Posted at 15:48h, 11 July Reply


    I’m truly inspired by your post and what transcended at WDS. There’s an entire movement of individuals, including you, who will not live a life dictated by society. Instead, you guys are paving new ways of life and making a real difference in the world.

    Again, I’m truly inspired. We all ought to think about what our legacy will be on this earth. We won’t live forever, as we subconsciously tend to think. Time is precious. Time is a very limited resource. Keep Rockin’

    • Scott
      Posted at 10:43h, 14 July Reply

      So precious! That is exactly why LYL and our community exists. To get people thinking that things can be different. Then living accordingly. It’s more possible than we think,

  • Brandon
    Posted at 18:46h, 11 July Reply

    Wow, thanks Scott! I’m honored to be included here.

    I think my biggest A-Ha moment was when Dan and Audrey were talking about their connections with people in perceived ‘unfriendly’ countries. They talked about how we come to fear people and places based on biased reports and political agendas, yet when you visit other parts of the world, most people are just friendly. It reminded me of how much my perception of the oil spill changed once I visited the Gulf coast in the Summer of 2010 and talked face to face with the people in those communities. I thought I was going to hear one thing, but when I got down there it was totally different. I have an entirely different perspective on not only the oil spill disaster, but the lives of the people that live there.

    I also loved that there was a relentless focus on taking action in the talks this year. Inspiration is one thing, but it doesn’t change the world. We change the world through our actions.

    Nice work, my friend! Thanks again for including Kids of the Gulf! 🙂

    • Scott
      Posted at 10:51h, 14 July Reply

      Of course Brandon. I love your story!

      What I love most about what you just said is that you saw first hand how something was affecting peoples’ lives and then you actually did something massive about it with Kids of the Gulf. If that’s not action, I don’t know what is! Congrats my friend. Wish we could have connected live but I’m sure our paths will cross plenty more…

  • Clayton Elliott
    Posted at 20:53h, 11 July Reply

    This is one of the most awesomely inspiring blog posts I’ve ever read, Scott! Thanks for sharing! I really wanted to attend WDS2012 but was not able to make it out this year. Reading your recap (kudos to you on the rigorous note taking btw:), I can actually get a feel for what it was like. I can honestly say that all of the lessons above were spot-on, so to pick favourites is tough. These five really jumped out to me though (after reading your list three times lol):
    15. Pure focus on organization and execution trumps most everything. Dreaming is only the first step.
    18. The opposite of fear is not courage. It’s giving up. Fear and courage live side by side. Surrender is the killer.
    23. Confidence comes from trying things. From learning, doing, failing and experiencing. Start doing.
    35. Embrace Regret Avoidance. Refuse to look back and wonder what would have happened if…
    74. Believe in possibility.
    I’ve said almost these exact phrases to myself countless times. To know that there’s a room of 1000 people who all embrace ideas like these too makes my <3 🙂
    Thanks again for sharing!

    • Scott
      Posted at 10:53h, 14 July Reply

      Yeah so glad it clicked for you!

      More than anything, if I were to boil the weekend down into three words it would be…

      Believe in Possibility.

      That changes everything.

      So glad to have you a part of things Clayton.

  • Turndog Millionaire
    Posted at 23:17h, 11 July Reply

    I’m on the list for next year. I feel it will be very very hard to go, but GOD I want to!

    Frankly, it looks amazing. Just reading all the stories around the web has been amazing. Being there must have been something.

    Matthew (Turndog Millionaire)

    • Scott
      Posted at 10:54h, 14 July Reply

      Words can’t describe it. Being live takes everything, and especially your responsibility and accountability for doing something meaningful, to a whole new level. Would love to see you out there!

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    I need to include attending WDS in my must do list.
    Everywhere I turn to online, it’s always good report about WDS…. Well, maybe i can ask Chris to bring ti to Africa and get you guys fly down here – we got lovely ladies too.


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      Posted at 10:55h, 14 July Reply

      Why would I not be surprised if he hosted a mini WDS out your way??

  • Steve Baines
    Posted at 07:40h, 12 July Reply

    Just as with you summary of your Warren Buffet lessons earlier this year, I am so grateful for your ability to capture the essence of the amazing conferences you attend for those of us, for whatever the reasons, can’t be there ourselves!

    I could take each of these notes and tweet them all year long (and I just may:) They are all worth sharing! I have put my name on the list for next year – sounds incredibly inspiring.
    Thanks, again, for sharing!

    • Scott
      Posted at 10:56h, 14 July Reply

      To be honest, I just can’t help but taking massive notes, no matter what event I’m at. For better or worse. So the least I could do is share them! Glad it connected with you.

  • Kate
    Posted at 08:12h, 12 July Reply

    Wow – great list. I couldn’t pick just one of these, so much to learn here. Thanks for bringing the WDS to those of us who didn’t have a chance to go.

    • Scott
      Posted at 10:56h, 14 July Reply

      My pleasure!

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  • Marianne
    Posted at 11:11h, 12 July Reply

    Great to meet you too Scott! Fantastic job on this post. Now I don’t need to write anything 🙂

    • Scott
      Posted at 10:57h, 14 July Reply

      Ha ha. Glad I could help! Always love meeting live too.

  • Alexis Grant
    Posted at 20:02h, 12 July Reply

    Scott — Got chills reading this because I remembered that feeling of being surrounded by that community! Great to meet you. — @alexisgrant

    • Scott
      Posted at 10:57h, 14 July Reply

      Can’t beat it can you?!

  • Darlene
    Posted at 23:52h, 12 July Reply

    Scott I have to say that is an epic summary of the event which I have now shared on my Facebook wall to explain to my family and friends that do think I’m crazy, why I attended a thing call the World Domination Summit. So thank you for summarizing it in a way I couldn’t do.

    Thanks also for your talk (I have a photo of you on stage, just tell me where to email it and I will do so). I’m an extrovert so don’t really have a problem talking with people I don’t know. The biggest thing I got from your talk was to shut my mouth, and ask people about them! I actually consciously practiced that at a BBQ last night and just sat back and listened and observed. I learned a lot about the people there by doing that. I’ve made it a priority to continue to practice this, so thanks for that.

    Do go and get the Graphic Novel version of the Alchemist. It’s illustrated sort of like an old comic book (Chris Brogan would be so proud) and I think you’ll really like it. I only read that book because you suggested it and it was a great read.

    Keep doing what you do! You belong here!

    • Scott
      Posted at 10:59h, 14 July Reply

      Excellent Darlene. It was so awesome to have you at the talk and get your contributions. Would love to see that picture. Just send it to scott @ liveyourlegend [dot] net. Is it possible I saw it on Google Plus btw?

      Will check out the other Alchemist version for sure.


  • Heather George
    Posted at 09:29h, 13 July Reply

    Great list Scott, and I hope to meet you next year. So many cool people to connect with, I am blown away and honored to now be part of this tribe. Thank you for what you do!

    • Scott
      Posted at 11:01h, 14 July Reply

      Well I share in that honor Heather. I’m thinking we definitely have to do a LYL live event during WDS next year so we can all connect in person. In fact I’m going to do a lot more of those this year at least around San Francisco. Can’t wait!

  • Kristoffer Carter
    Posted at 12:20h, 13 July Reply

    Wowwy Wow WOW, Scott! Amazingly insightful & thorough coverage. I had a blast this year, and it was great to finally meet you. You’re definitely among the best and brightest in this space in terms of effecting positive change in people and the world at large.

    Many thanks for all you do. You just saved the labor of culling together 3 days of notes from a few different notebooks. I wrote and recorded a LOTTTT of conversations, lessons, dreams, and visions. Just a highly memorable weekend.

    Thanks for your work in bringing it all back into reach.


    • Scott
      Posted at 11:02h, 14 July Reply

      My pleasure KC. I’m so glad we got to chat live and trade some ideas. I spent some time on your site yesterday and really really like it. Awesome energy too. I can’t wait to see what that becomes. Happy to help how I can!

  • Audrey
    Posted at 14:58h, 13 July Reply

    Really fantastic round up of WDS! The stories and lessons really brought me back to the weekend. What really hit home to me was the responsibility that you mention – the responsibility to ourselves to take action on all those ideas, plus the responsibility to give back and leave the world a better place than when we started.

    It was great meeting you and hope to see you next year!

    • Scott
      Posted at 11:04h, 14 July Reply

      That responsibility is what has the power to change everything. All we have to do is recognize and embrace it. The question is how seriously are we going to take that Responsibility?

      I think you all know my answer.

      How about you all?

  • Aaron
    Posted at 11:02h, 14 July Reply

    “It’s not who you say you are, it’s what you do. The only way to be an author is if you write. A painter means painting. A musician means playing. There’s no substitute.”

    Chris Brogan
    Trust Agents

    This statement really hit home for me because I am in the process of understanding what I love to do. For me, it’s reading, talking and studying about personal behavioral finance. There really is no substitute for being in the moment whether it’s acting, managing or playing sports. You are what you do, and my hat goes off to those who know who they are simply by the work they do on their own behalf as well as for others.

    • Scott
      Posted at 11:06h, 14 July Reply

      Could not agree more Aaron! Doesn’t his quote just make you want to put your head down and start creating??

  • Dr. Samantha
    Posted at 12:17h, 14 July Reply

    Hey Scott! Loved reading this post. Planning on digging into my notes on my way to NYC next week. Feeling for my seatmate in advance, because there’s no doubt so I’ll be letting some tears fly. Being that moved that many times in such a short period of time was simply profound.

    And thanks again for your session. Just wanted to let you know that I’m paying it forward by buying 5 additional copies of The Alchemist and giving them to 5 patients who I think would benefit from the book and your website. I’m keeping mine because, hey, reading it for the 4th time won’t hurt, right?

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    Posted at 22:40h, 14 July Reply

    Thanks for the recap and the notes Scott! Wish I was there.

    I just announced my retirement after 13 years in corporate America and am excited about my new journey. I even wrote a book.

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  • Liz
    Posted at 20:30h, 15 July Reply

    Great post Scott, I’m still digesting how amazing WDS was a week later. I loved your talk and practiced my first 3 second rule to say hey and thanks to you! Probably it was more like 6 seconds, 3 seconds to suck it up and make myself do it and then 3 seconds to actually say hey. Excited to see what the future of the site holds.

  • Izzy
    Posted at 21:07h, 15 July Reply

    Scott this is a truly remarkable list you have put together. I am curious, how do you go about filing all of these notes you take?

    I remember your post you wrote about Tony Robbins and the method you use to keep you in check on your goals. Do you have any type of similar method for all of these lessons you learn (and share – thank you for that!).

    I feel like I could sit and reflect on so many of these lessons for hours on end… But 74! Bro that is crazy! Crazy in a good way!

    Your success thus far speaks for itself Scott. I am inspired not only by what you write but also by your actions expressed through your content 🙂

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    Posted at 16:44h, 16 July Reply

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this whole post. Amazing summary. I definitely want to attend the next one. Thanks for sharing this, Scott.

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    Posted at 09:43h, 17 July Reply

    Thanks, Scott!.. This post is truly one of the best and this proves that you’re a legend. Thanks again.

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    Posted at 17:18h, 17 July Reply

    Epic summary Scott! I’m with you…this was the most memorable and mind-blowing event for me in 2012. The bar has been raised…not out of reach, but definitely high enough to move all of us to take action and get out of our comfort zones.

    Thanks for compiling all those nuggets of wisdom from the summit…it brought me right back into the Newmark!

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    Posted at 04:04h, 06 September Reply

    Thanks for this recap. I couldn’t attend this year, but it’s amazing to have some powerful inspiration and takeaways all the same. I love Brené Brown’s work.

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    My favorite thing about becoming a small business owner is the support you get from other business owners. I LOVE being apart of that community and look forward to meeting with friends and inspiring one another.

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    Posted at 12:16h, 29 December Reply

    Great stuff and thanks for the scores of take away points 🙂

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    Nice words of encouragement here. Regardless of your professional goal, it’s important to give yourself a kick in the butt once in a while to keep you going. I love all of Scott Harrison’s stuff; he’s a brilliant marketer and equally superb person in general.

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