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Two days of inspiration in one small burst

[ 1 ] July 31, 2012 |
World Domination Summit globe on stage

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A few weeks ago, I attended the World Domination Summit. It’s hard to find an experience with more inspiration packed into one weekend than WDS. Here are some highlights of the things that spoke to me.

On being real

“The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you say to someone when you’re being uncool.”
– Almost Famous

On wholeheartedness

People living and loving wholeheartedly believe and know they’re worthy of love and belonging. They’re willing to be vulnerable.
– Brené Brown

On waiting for the other shoe to drop

Nothing is harder to feel than joy because we’re so afraid it won’t last. We try to keep from getting caught off guard because we think that will make it hurt less when bad things happen. Instead of dress-rehearsing disaster, practice gratitude.
– Brené Brown

On creativity

There are no uncreative people. There are only people who use their creativity and people who don’t. If you don’t use your creativity, it doesn’t just disappear. It becomes grief, dread, or something else unpleasant. Much better to use it for creating.
– Brené Brown

On belonging

Belonging and fitting in are not the same thing–they’re opposed. Trying to fit in leads to shame if it doesn’t work out. If you’re being yourself and it doesn’t work out, the worst you’ll feel is disappointment. Who you are will always trump who you think people want you to be.
– Brené Brown

On organization

Creativity * organization = impact. It’s not just having great ideas, it’s executing.
100 creativity * 0 organization = 0 impact, but
25 creativity * 2 organization = 50 impact.
– Scott Belsky

On business

If you need money, raise your personal energy. That will attract people, which in turn generates income. If you’re burned out, your business will also drag. Take care of yourself. Your personal energy is mission critical and sets the culture for your business.
– Jonathan Fields

Compassion means you can give people exactly what they want because you already understand the conversations in their head.
– Jonathan Fields

On action

Focus on deliverables.
– Chris Guillebeau

On confidence

Confidence is the sexiest sexy sex thing. You don’t have to know anything if you’re confident. Ok, not really, but confidence goes a long way. You’ll get way more confident by trying and failing than by sitting on the sidelines and researching.
– Chris Brogan

On risk-taking

Embrace regret avoidance.
–Daniel Noll and Audrey Scott

On criticism

Accept criticism from people who are also in the arena getting their ass kicked. Everyone else can suck it.
–Brené Brown

When someone criticizes me and I feel punched in the stomach, I ask myself, ‘Do you really believe what you said?’ If I don’t, then I know it’s time to learn or change. But if I do, I can feel ok despite the criticism.
– Susan Caine

If someone’s disappointed in you, that means you didn’t do what they thought you would. It has nothing to do with you. Untangle from other people’s scripts for you–that includes criticism and praise. Just say ‘thank you’ either way. You will succeed, the weirder you get.
– Chris Brogan

If everyone says you’re crazy, either you’re really crazy, or you’re onto something. Take courage from doubt.
– Scott Belsky

On success

You have to earn success. Start. There are no shortcuts. Don’t settle.
– Chris Brogan

On adventure

Our lives are dull because of our choices. Be open to new experiences. Just say yes.
–J.D. Roth

About Cara Stein: I'm a writer and dreamer with a PhD in self-reinvention. (Or was that computer science?) Whether you're stuck, lost, or just looking to enjoy your life more, I want to help because I've been there!

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  1. Jessie says:

    Some brilliant quotes…thank you for sharing!! Would love to have been there =)

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