3,000 Dissatisfied People in Portland (World Domination Summit 2014)

Tonight I’ll land in Portland, Oregon to gather with 3,000 people for the World Domination Summit. It’s not as threatening as it sounds. As bombs drop in Syria, Iraq, Ukraine and other parts of our world we’ll be gathering to find common ground. I have never seen such diversity coexist in peace.

WDS Jeff Goins

A picture from last year with my friend Jeff

Our common thread
Our common thread is strong. We encourage each other. We treat each other to drinks. We assume the best of each other. Our common thread is that we’re all dissatisfied. It’s required to come to WDS.. You have to be hungry for more. Awesome is the new average at WDS. Awesome work, awesome relationships and awesome conferences are what we expect of ourselves.

3,000 journeys
The World Domination Summit is 3,000 people on 3,000 journeys toward better selves and collectively toward a better world. It sounds like we’re going to Woodstock but most of the event is the traditional conference setting where you sit and listen to people who you want to be like. That’s where the traditional ends though.

The speakers don’t get paid.
Speakers that command $25,000 a speech are working for free. They do that because they’re dissatisfied too. They want more from life and they know that WDS is a place where they can come give and get filled up. The speakers don’t leave. They come early and sit in the audience like the rest of us.

WDS is a non-profit
The founder (more on him in a minute) could have made this a huge money maker. The scale of the number of people coming is massive. It sells out every year, even when though they’ve doubled the amount of tickets, twice. WDS attendees aren’t against making lots of money, it’s one of the things we probably all have in common, but the fact that WDS is a non-profit gives us all a sense of ownership. There’s a collective expectation to make it better.

The founder is just like us
No one is more important than anyone else at WDS, even the founder Chris Guillebeau. We know each other because we know Chris but he’s not the celebrity, the community is. We’re friends. We’re adventurers. We’re sojourners.

Here’s to world domination, the good kind.

When Setting Goals Never Make This First or Last

Money Calendar

Goals are scary, powerful and necessary but before you set them remember what happens when you make money your first or last goal. The results are eerily similar.
Money Calendar

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When Making Money is Your First Goal

Bad Clients
We work with anyone even if that person is annoying, impatient, unprofessional, dishonest or lazy.

Bad Service
We under deliver on our service because the profit is the goal, not the product.

Unequal Treatment
We treat our projects and customers differently based on how much profit we are making.

Poor Work
Our work ethic will be inconsistent.

Never enough
We will feel like we never have enough money even if we really do.

Poor Partnerships
We are less likely to partner with capable people because capable people don’t work for cheap.

Money Complicates Things
We will talk about money too early in the relationship which is more likely to hurt the chances of landing the deal.

Poor Work Boundaries
We will have poor work boundaries because we are always pursuing more profit.


When Making Money is Your Last Goal

Bad Clients
We work with anyone even if that person is annoying, impatient, unprofessional, dishonest or lazy.

Bad Service
We under deliver on our service because the profits aren’t motivating us to work diligently.

Unequal Treatment
We treat our customers and projects poorly because they aren’t giving us a sense of worth.

Poor Work
Our work ethic will be inconsistent.

Never enough
We will literally never have enough money.

Poor Partnerships
We are less likely to partner with capable people because capable people don’t work for cheap.

Money Complicates Things
We won’t talk about money until we’ve made too many promises then under-deliver because we’re not making enough money.

Poor Work Boundaries
We will have poor work boundaries because we’re always pursuing more profit.

Have you made a financial goal for next year? Did you make the mistake of making money the first or last goal for your business?

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If Your Dream Is Worth Something It Will Certainly Cost You Something

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I was just finishing lunch and she had already put in an eight hour work day.

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Lessons from the best conference I’ve ever been to – #WDS2013

WDS Jeff Goins

You only need one thing to connect people.
3,000 people came to Portland, Oregon because we had one connection, Chris Guillebeau. We were entrepreneurs, artists, authors, moms, dads, unmarried, non-profit and for profit, gay, straight, rich, not as rich, young and old. We came together and got along beautifully because we had one thing in common, Chris. You were pre qualified if you were at World Domination Summit because you followed Chris’ writing and goal of designing a life instead of accepting the one the world gives you. You only need one thing to connect people and if that one thing is strong enough you can have a tremendous amount of diversity and still make beautiful experiences together.

A clear leader but it’s not about him
This was not a conference about Chris Guillebeau. This wasn’t about his business or his products or his world travels. He brought us together and then got out of the way. I believe every great movement needs a clear leader but that same movement needs to be about more than the leader. As a Christian I live this out every day. Jesus doesn’t live here anymore and He was clear that His message should go forth through His followers. I’ll be the first to admit we don’t do a great job of communicating His message to the world sometimes but the true measure of a leader is the power of his message when he’s not on the stage. Chris wasn’t there to pontificate and educate us. He just hosted the party and invited the right people. WDS is not about Chris Guillebeau, it just happens to be held in his town.

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