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They’re My Cousin

In early July 2014, I was sitting in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, excitedly awaiting the first keynote of one of my favorite conferences during the year, WDS. This year, A.J. Jacobs, known for pouring his everything into his life experiments and writings was the opening keynote. During his career he has done many things, […]

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Life By Choice

A favorite poem of mine is Robert Frost‘s The Road Not Taken. While some use it as a rallying call to walk one’s own path (the road less traveled by). Yet, I believe its meaning is far deeper and more sublte. It’s really about choice. Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I […]

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The Fruits of Fear

This last weekend I had the great opportunity to attend the World Domination Summit (WDS 2014). For those of you who are new to the blog, you’ll see a number of references to it made throughout the year. It’s a community of people built on the values of Community, Adventure and Service, a powerful triumvirate. […]

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Meet the WDS Attendees: Part III

[Part I] [Part II] [Part III] This is the final installment highlighting the stories of WDS attendees from this last year. In this last video, attendees were only given one minute each to tell their story (though it wasn’t strictly enforced). They talk about: Finding the right company to work for and making it happen […]

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Meet the WDS Attendees: Part II

[Part I] [Part II] [Part III – coming soon] Last week I started this three-part series of sharing WDS attendee stories. In this session, five attendees spoke of their passions and how it applied to all the others in attendance. They spoke of: Inviting those with disabilities to participate and contribute to the world around […]

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Meet the WDS Attendees: Part I

[Part I] [Part II] [Part III – coming soon] Last year I attended WDS for the first time. At this point, I’m sure there are some of my friends who are a little tired of hearing about how amazing the conference was. I bring it up here again because I’m now in the planning phase […]

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Embrace Creative Craft

Last month I posted a rather rambling piece on creativity in which I mentioned Chase Jarvis‘ keynote at this year’s World Domination Summit. He didn’t talk about photography. Instead, he expressed his thankfulness of being able to escape the trap unwittingly laid for us in our education system and society at large. This isn’t a […]

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Stepping into the Dark

I need to know I can be lost and not afraid. ~ Trip the Light This lyric, from the most recent Where the Hell is Matt? video, really resonates with me. To travel to an unknown land and to explore it beyond the bounds of the neatly curated tourist experience is truly a special experience […]

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Protecting One’s Dreams

I clearly remember one evening sitting in a restaurant across from an old friend whom I hadn’t seen in years. Our friendship had been a great one, but in the intervening years we had drifted apart and what had once been only small differences in personality and thought had grown into gulfs. But, that didn’t […]

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Jia Jiang’s WDS 2013 talk has been posted

Following in the tradition of TED talks, the first of this year’s WDS talks has now been posted for public viewing. We start with Jia Jiang’s love affair with rejection. This was my favorite talk from this amazing conference, and I’m happy to be able to share it with everyone. Jia Jiang from Chris Guillebeau […]

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