This is another post from my 2013 United States trip. Apart from a bit of fun travelling around, the main purpose of my trip was to attend the World Domination Summit in Portland, Oregon. More information about the Summit can be found by following the link below. I hope you enjoy this post.
I write to you tonight from another US location – Portland, Oregon to be precise. I have arrived a few days before the World Domination Summit in order to settle in and check out the sights (and do a wee bit if shopping!) before things kick off on Friday.
Amongst its other many fantastic draw cards, one of the greatest aspects of the Summit is the opportunity to meet some very cool, totally engaged, interesting and like-minded people.
It’s in this context that I have been thinking about how important for growth it is to spend time with people who are on the same page, and the equal importance of finding opportunities to meet and spend time with these people. We all have friends who we’ve met through a variety of circumstances – school, work or other interests. These may be amazing people but perhaps just don’t understand you as well as you’d like to be understood. You’re interested in so many things, not least of which is your desire to live a happier and more fulfilling life, and you are perhaps on a path to uncovering some of this. You want to share what you’re learning but are just not having the conversations you’d like to have in order to further explore all this brilliant new stuff.
I know I’ve felt like this. I’ve been learning about some incredible, life changing things and sometimes when I share this with my people I can see their interest is just not there, or I feel their genuine support that I’m all fired up but they’re not really on board.
I also know the thrill of meeting or talking to someone who totally gets it. Suddenly I’m sitting up straighter, feeling animated and riffing off the other person with all these crazy and exciting ideas of possibility. These interactions give me such a buzz and help me to know I’m on the right track with some of my ideas and the direction I’m taking my life. More of it I say!
This is why it is key to connect with these like-minded souls, and to find ways to meet new people who are interested in similar ideas. These don’t necessarily have to become or replace your best friends but they sure can make great lunch buddies! It is also really worthwhile to foster these relationships in the online world if that’s where the cool kids are. A fantastic way to do this (but then, you probably already know this!) is to find a place of ideologically aligned folk gathering together online. Blogs are ideal as there are so many different sites to check out that you’re bound to find something that floats your boat. Indeed, it was the beginning of the reason why I’m now sitting here in Portland!
This is one of the key purposes behind this blog and why I am so grateful for the people engaging in this community. It is why I am also genuinely interested in hearing more from you and about you. I’d love you to share some examples of people you’ve met who serve this role in your life or ways you’ve met folks who just get it. Or just feel free to stop by the comments section below to say hi!
Here’s to making great connections.