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Benny Lewis

“Don’t ask if you should give up, ask if you should try something different”: Benny Lewis at WDS

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Here’s our next superhero from WDS 2017:

Benny Lewis is the language hacker, National Geographic Traveler of the year, author, YouTuber and charming Irish lad behind the hugely successful Fluent in 3 Months blog and international best selling book. For a decade and a half he has traveled the world, immersing himself in local cultures and learning local languages. He can speak 7 languages fluently, and can get by in many more, despite the fact that he only spoke English at the age of 21.

In his opening keynote for WDS 2017, Benny Lewis emphasized that logic trumps luck. Luck is actually beating the odds, seeing the whole picture, and having an open mind. Benny encourages people to make their own luck, to gravitate to situations with unpredictability, and to use math and reasoning to understand situations—rather than listening to the universe or relying on destiny:


“Extremely improbable events are actually commonplace”

“Sometimes when the universe is sending us a message, what we need to do is ignore it”

“Ask yourself, ‘should I try something different’ instead of ‘should I give up’?’”


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Want to know more about WDS and how you can join us?

Every summer, over 1,500+ people travel from all over the world to Portland, Oregon for this immersive experience in life, work, and travel. With main-stage keynote speakers, hundreds of attendee-led meetups, more than a dozen workshops known as “Academies,” two big parties, and a ridiculous number of new friends high-fiving you on street corners, it’s a truly engaging and life-changing experience.

And the best part is you! What will you bring to the WDS experience and community?

Tickets are now on sale—come join us!

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