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How the World Domination Summit Changed My Life. No, Really.

World Domination Summit 2014

 

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I’m going to be very candid with you. I went into World Domination Summit with zero expectations. I hadn’t read Chris Guillebeau’s Brief Guide to World Domination. I didn’t know 95% of the people who were going to this and I didn’t look at the name of speakers. There were maybe a couple of people I knew I wanted to meet there, but even then, I wasn’t feeling pumped about trying to make plans happen.

I just wanted to let it happen. I thought, at most, I would meet a couple of new people, hear a few good speakers and that would be that. It was just a conference, right? How much could it really have an impact on my life?

I really thought I’d spend most of my time exploring Portland when I wasn’t in sessions. Kelly and I were supposed to leave Sunday around noon to come back home. So how is it that we stayed there until Monday night, and how could a conference I knew very little about change my life?

Very, very sneakily, it seems.

What is World Domination Summit?

As my awesome friend Kit (who I met at WDS, btw) puts it: “It’s a gathering of thousands of people – entrepreneurs, travelers, writers, activists, and artists – in one place to exchange cool ideas. Basically everyone comes and says what they’re working towards, and everyone else helps them achieve it in some small way.”

If you’re like me, you’re probably thinking “THAT TELLS ME NOTHING. WHERE’S THE AGENDA? WHO’S AT THE EXPO HALL? WHERE’S ALL THE SWAG?”

The short answer is “There is none.”

I’ve been to conferences, and even in my limited conference experience (compared to some people), I’m already sick of them. I’m sick of big crowds. I’m sick of the expo halls. I’m sick of all the swag.

There, I said it.

So, that’s another awesome way WDS wins at life. There are no corporate sponsorships. There is no swag. Additionally, I could give immediate feedback to the brains behind the conference because they were always around, and always approachable. Special thanks to Sean Ogle – and a huge thanks to the entire team behind World Domination Summit. You guys kick ass.

There is just people. Stories. Inspiration. Yearning. Wanderlust. Kindness. Curiosity. Being in the moment. Connection. Dancing like the world’s not watching. 

Berrak at World Domination Summit

What about the speakers? They were great! I didn’t take notes but Scott Berkun did and they’re awesome.

So, really, how the hell did it change your life? Stop beating around the bush.

Well, aren’t you bossy? It changed my life because I went in there uncertain. I was afraid to tell people what I do for a living because my impostor syndrome may be in remission but the sneaky bastard is always there. The first day, whenever I met people I would tell them “I’m a writer. And I do freelance community management – oh and there’s this blog I’m launching in September.”

By the end of it, I had identified myself as an “Amplifier.” So when people asked me what I did, I told them I was an Amplifier, and my big passion project was an awareness blog launching in September. What’s an Amplifier, you ask? It’s someone who believes that people’s passions, stories, and successes deserve attention. It’s someone who wants the world to be aware of the unique, the real, the struggles, the pain and everything in between. In a nutshell, me.

For the past few years, I thought I had found my calling as a community builder, and that was not the full story. I didn’t realize that I could create a new title for myself, but that’s what I did. Everything I do with my writing, the passion I have for bringing people together, and helping businesses find a way to shine – that’s everything that makes me an Amplifier. It wasn’t enough for me to say that I’m a writer, while doing this stuff on the side.

No.

I’m an Amplifier, and everything I do falls under that.

But wait, there’s more…

WDS taught me to take risks and say yes. 

WDS taught me that my voice matters. 

WDS taught me to be bold and say my dreams out loud.

WDS taught me to dance like no one is watching, even when everyone is watching. 

WDS woke up the wanderlust inside of me, reminding me that I do not want to settle – for anything.

But more on those later.

What’s next?

Between now and the next WDS – yes, I already bought my ticket – here is what I’ll be working on.

Philanthropy Quest. You’ve heard me mention it here and there. I haven’t boldly talked about it but that’s over. I’m launching the blog in September and I’m looking for contributors. In the mean time, you can follow the updates on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. (Or alloftheabove). Yes, you’ll notice that my title is Chief Amplification Officer. It just sounds right, doesn’t it?

My writing. If you missed it, HelloGiggles published my essay on body image. My goal for the next year is to amp up my writing, both blogging on my personal site and also paid gigs.

Freelancing. For the first few months of this year, I didn’t want to take on any new clients. That changes now. If you know of anyone looking for a freelance writer, content strategist, community manager or social media strategist, let me know. It has to be remote. You can direct them to my landing page with all of my information. 

This blog. I had an identity crisis. I forgot about my own voice. I worried about the comment count – but none of that matters. As always, I write because I want to share my story. So this blog will be the hub for all of my writing, and that will include my professional experience once in a while. I hope you’ll stick around and keep reading.

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  • Chris Guillebeau July 20, 2014, 5:31 pm

    Thanks for the great post, Berrak. WDS has changed our lives too. Really glad to have you with us!

    • Berrak July 21, 2014, 5:58 am

      Thanks, Chris! I’m truly grateful to have WDS as a part of my life now and can’t wait for next year!

  • Lynn Grogan July 21, 2014, 8:22 am

    Thanks for sharing, Berrak! I’m still processing my WDS experience and I definitely see some overlap from your list. Also, I think we met the sam Kit… she’s an excellent human being 🙂

    • Berrak July 21, 2014, 9:36 am

      Thanks for reading, Lynn! And yes, Kit is pretty amazing 🙂 I’d love to read your post when it’s finally up, so feel free to tweet at me or leave a comment with the link here!

  • EllyKlein.com July 21, 2014, 4:33 pm

    Berrak, it was a pleasure to meet you at WDS 2014! You’re a great writer, a bubbly spirit, and I’m totally on board for Philanthropy Quest. Looking forward to contributing some pieces to your new venture, especially about youth mentoring and effective altruism. Keep in touch.

    • Berrak July 21, 2014, 5:19 pm

      It was SO great meeting you! And yes, let’s stay in touch 🙂 <3

  • AC June 6, 2015, 8:12 am

    This looks like fun!

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