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Making The Right Kind Of Investments In Yourself

9239547017_da455d0098_z  Oh my goodness I just did something HUGE!!!!!!!

I managed to buy a $500 ticket to the annual World Domination Summit for Summer 2015 just a few hours ago! For those of you who don’t know what WDS is, I’ll explain:

It is an annual gathering of interesting people (who are doing great things or destined for great things) from all over the world. It takes place in Portland, Oregon and thousands of people come for an immersive experience in life, work, and travel. The four-day event consists of main-stage events with keynote speakers, many of which have delivered TED Talks; workshops that focus on specific topics, and lots of meetups, parties, and informal engagement. It was founded by Chris Guillebeau, the author of The $100 Startup and The Happiness of Pursuit. The event’s slogan is “living a remarkable life in a conventional world.”

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WDS bings the world’s movers and shakers together

This was a good investment because I know the importance of environment and “putting the right people in your corner.”

Another way that I re-framed it was thinking about how much I could spend in less meaningful activities:

  1. $200 for a 3-day festival in which most attendees are partying and under the influence of (insert here)
  2. $200 for a 1-time Skydiving experience
  3. $500 for 1 week at Burning Man or a few days at Coachella where most people are also under the influence
  4. Or $500 for a weekend of irresponsible spending on “fun” which many young people in New York City are in danger of doing under specific circumstances

I’m in no way condemning the people who choose these activities, I’m saying that they aren’t necessarily good for networking or have a high return on investment. I am prepared to feel uncomfortable now so I can experience the rewards later.

I know it won’t happen until this coming July but I have already been working on surrounding myself physically and virtually with people who bring me up and encourage growth in NYC and through the Live Your Legend community. I even managed to arrange a mini-LYL meet-up in Manhattan. I met two lovely ambitious ladies who are just as determined as I am to make a dent in the world. We also provided important knowledge to each other about other do-good groups and people.

I have to thank Scott Dinsmore for bringing this yearly event, and many other “movers and shakers,” to my attention. If it weren’t for Live Your Legend’s online tools, articles, and group participation, I wouldn’t have known about Jonathan Fields, Simon Sinek, Blogging or Chris Guillebeau’s The Happiness of Pursuit.

I just realized that the author of the book I’ve been enjoying is also the founder and ringleader of the World Domination Summit! Things in my world are finally starting to connect and come full circle!

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It’s a great feeling when all the stuff one has gone through starts to make sense. For a while there I felt like I was running in-place. I wonder if others have felt similarly.

Moreover, Chris’ Happiness of Pursuit is about his quest to visit every country in the world before the age of 35 and about the many other “questers” he met along the way. Through his interviews with hundreds of ordinary people doing extraordinary things, he reveals how anyone can bring meaning into their life by undertaking a quest.

I’m very excited about what’s to come.