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“You’ve got to be unapologetically you.”: Jonathan Fields at WDS

Next month we’ll release the first round of tickets for WDS 2017, a week-long gathering of creative, remarkable people—taking place next summer in beautiful Portland, Oregon.

But first, we’re rolling out a series of speaker videos from the 2016 event. To start us off, here’s a video from our opening speaker, Jonathan Fields. A New York City dad, husband, entrepreneur and author, he founded mission-driven media and education venture, Good Life Project®, where he and his team lead a global community in the quest to live more meaningful, connected, and vital lives.

Jonathan has been a major part of WDS since its very first year in 2011, and he’s also one of my closest friends. In fact, if you search the blog’s archives, you’ll find more posts referring to him than to anyone else!

We were thrilled to welcome him back to the main stage as this year’s opening keynote speaker. Check out the video below to hear his message on how you can have a good life!


“We’ve moved into a place in life where we spend so much of our time being busy and reactive, in the name of being busy and reactive. Not only are we filling every moment of our day with stuff that we don’t choose, but we’re filling every moment of our day with stuff that other people choose to be important for us.”

“A good life is not a place at which you arrive, it is a lens through which you see and create your world.”

“Before you can be unapologetically joyful, you’ve got to be unapologetically you.”

“In that moment where we give, when we’re kind, when we’re generous, it changes everything.”


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

Every summer, thousands of 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.

Tickets usually sell out far in advance of the actual event. If you’d like to come, don’t hesitate!

Find out more on the website, and sign up to be notified when tickets become available.

Stay tuned for more speaker videos!

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