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Escape to Reality

It's a fairly typical island, as these things go. It took a while to make it here, with connecting flights through Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur. It operates on island time, where breakfast goes until 11am and happy hour is at least a four-hour period beginning in the late afternoon and continuing indefinitely.

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On the Road: First Week in Asia

When I awoke in Kowloon harbor at 4am, I knew it was a good sign. The previous day I had flown 13 hours from San Francisco to Hong Kong with only a brief nap on the flight. Arriving at 8pm local time, I went to my hotel, settled in, and crashed out well before midnight.…

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Starting in the Middle

Amy wrote in and said she was struggling with writing her book. “I know I have something good to share with people!” she said. “But I’m having a hard time just getting started.” I’ve written about working through process a few times before—see how to make decisions, starting a business, and how to finish, for…

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Ready Or Not

If you want to get something done, don’t give yourself enough time to finish. Keep it short and tight. Give yourself a fixed deadline. WDS is the ultimate fixed deadline for our team, because there’s no way in the world it can be pushed back. Thousands of people book plane tickets and hotel rooms for…

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WDS 2013: A Partial (and Impartial) Recap

We did it! Ten days ago, nearly 3,000 people descended on Portland for the third annual World Domination Summit. Everyone asks what WDS is, and here’s what I usually say as a brief answer: WDS is an annual gathering of creative, unconventional people from all over the world. This brief answer doesn’t tell the whole…

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WDS 2013: Still Working On It

I had hoped to write up my comments on last week’s adventure with 2,800 people, but I’m still in recovery. There’s just too much to process, at least for me as the host. I hope to do so more next week in some fashion. In the meantime, here are a few posts that are making…

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World Domination: Achievement Unlocked

Over the past few days I’ve had very little sleep at night and an amazing time from 5am to midnight. Working with an incredible team, we welcomed 2,800 people to the Rose City for an adventure like no other. Several hundred initial photos are now available on our Flickr stream. I’ll be back on Thursday…

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Offline for World Domination

WDS 2013 Ambassador Orientation Photo by George Mihaly *** Greetings from Ground Zero in Portland, Oregon. Today and tomorrow, thousands of people (yeah) are arriving in town for the third annual World Domination Summit. We knew there was a lot of interest in WDS when we first started back in 2011, but the level of…

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Spring Cleaning (In Late June)

It’s been a jam-packed week here at World Domination HQ. We have thousands of people coming to town in just a few days, a sentence that sounds odd even as I type it here in the WordPress interface where this blog is published. Nevertheless, it’s true! Next week we’re also attempting to set a WORLD…

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Practical Ways to Burn the Ships

You may be familiar with the story of Hernán Cortés and his arrival in Veracruz. In order to prevent his crew from turning back from battle out of fear, he ordered them to burn their ships. That way, there was no return—the only way out was through. No going back! There are a least a…

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Free Presentation on CreativeLIVE: Today at 10:30am

Greetings from San Francisco. Later this morning (10:30am PST) I’ll be presenting a one-hour interactive session based on The $100 Startup. This session is produced by my friends at CreativeLIVE, a fantastic online platform for sharing educational content through remote learning. The entire session, along with many other great sessions from other speakers today and…

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Worth It All

Sometimes it’s hard to know if it’s all worth it. You’re out in the woodshed, slaving away on this thing you love, night and day. But does anyone else care?Will anyone else care? At times, you may be tempted to pack it in. You’d like to return to normal, to the way things were before…

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