August 10-15, 2016 | Portland’s quirky culture, public transportation, and epic donuts will surely lure us back in the not-so-distant future.
One of the bloggers that I started to follow a few years ago was Chris Guillebeau. I liked his writing both for his tips on travel as well as for his insights on how to live an unconventional life. Chris founded this annual conference called World Domination Summit, and though Jenni and I loved the name of the conference for the tongue-in-cheek humor, we also were very attracted to the core question that the attendees seek to answer each year: “How do we live a remarkable life in a conventional world?” Naturally, we decided to attend.
Over 1,000 people from around the world traveled to Portland, Oregon in August to listen to dynamic keynote speakers, engage with other attendees, and have fun. (And how could anyone pass up the opportunity to arm-wrestle a T-rex?!) Without a doubt there were some really cool people from all different walks of life, and I think a common denominator for all attendees was a genuine interest in learning from others. Ralph Waldo Emerson said that “Every man I meet is my superior in some way, and in that I learn from him,” and I truly believe that all the WDS attendees were open to learning something new about a personal growth tactic, business opportunity, new travel destination, or something else.
Highlights of the conference:
- Pete Adeney a.k.a. Mr. Money Mustache and his financial wisdom
- Zach Anner and his hilarious view of the world
- Emily McDowell and her greeting cards for real people
Turns out we really like the city of Portland, too! And no, not just for the donuts. (But that always helps…)