"Notice the sparks. Follow them. The next big thing may be the small thing right in front of you." - Darren Rowse
Rule #1: Put All the Crazy People in the Same Room (or River)
Last Friday morning Chelsea and I grabbed some fresh Portland coffee, walked down to the Willamette River, stripped down to a bikini and board shorts (I was in the shorts) and hopped in a couple inner tubes with about 618 other friendly folks. A few minutes later we broke the Guinness World Record for creating the longest human floating chain (old record was 542 in Viareggio, Italy in 2008). Hat tip to Tyler of Advanced Riskology
for orchestrating the seemingly impossible feat.
It was fitting that the first official event of the World Domination Summit
involved hundreds of people sloshing around in a river for a few hours wearing next to nothing. Something tells me that little vulnerability exercise wasn't a coincidence. Also wasn't a bad way to meet a few new friends.
And it set the perfect tone.
For those of you unfamiliar, WDS is an annual gathering put on by Chris Guillebeau
of The Art of Non Conformity. The event's core theme is "How do we lead a remarkable life in a conventional world?" This year 3,000 people from 30+ countries descended on Portland, Oregon to share in that vision. Their stories were proof of what's possible.