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How to Be More Awesome: Kid President at WDS

Next week we’ll release another round of tickets for WDS 2016, a global gathering like no other!

But first, we’re rolling out a different speaker video every day. Brad Montague and Robby Novak, creators of Kid President started a movement online that has been viewed and shared more than 80 million times.

Appearing on stage at WDS 2015, they taught us some awesome dance moves and spoke about their "joyful rebellion." Check out the ultimate Pep Talk!

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“Pain Deserves Acknowledgement, Not Repair”: Megan Devine at WDS

Next week we’ll release the first round of tickets for WDS 2016, a global gathering like no other!

But first, we’re rolling out a series of speaker videos from the 2015 event. Megan Devine, author of the audio book, When Everything is Not Okay: Practices to Help You Stay in Your Heart & Not Lose Your Mind, challenged us to approach life's challenges differently for ourselves and the people we love.

Check out the video!

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“Your Heart Will Always Lead You Home”: Lissa Rankin at WDS

Soon we’ll release the first round of tickets for WDS 2016, a global gathering like no other!

But first, we’re rolling out a series of speaker videos from the 2015 event. Lissa Rankin, physician and New York Times bestselling author of popular books like Mind Over Medicine and The Fear Cure, spoke to us about listening to our heart to find our purpose.

Check out the video!

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“Most of Us Have a Deep Desire to Be Great”: Lewis Howes at WDS

In just a few weeks, we’ll release the first round of tickets for WDS 2016, a global gathering like no other!

But first, we’re rolling out a series of speaker videos from the 2015 event. Lewis Howes, host of the popular podcast The School of Greatness, shared his own story about how he found the secret to greatness.

Note: In this video, Lewis shares a number of personal stories for the first time, including one that contains sensitive information.

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What Happened at WDS 2015? Unfiltered Attendee Reviews, Round II

Here's Round I.

After spending hundreds of hours in preparation and then hosting a week-long adventure for thousands of awesome people, I don’t usually say much about it afterward, at least not on the blog. I’m a writer who doesn’t do a writeup.

Thankfully, our attendees do a much more thorough job—and wouldn’t you want to read the unfiltered reviews anyway?

Every year we see hundreds of blog posts from attendees. Here’s the first second round of unfiltered reviews and opinions on a variety of topics related to WDS.

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Join Us for Sunset Yoga in Pioneer Courthouse Square on Saturday, July 11

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Pioneer Courthouse Square is the main city square of Portland, located right in the heart of downtown. It's a crazy thing to rent out an entire city block, but that's how we roll.

WDS is teaming up with our friends YogiNation and Jill Knouse Yoga for this unique Portland experience—and your presence will make it even better. Come say farewell to the setting sun, breathe, and meet all your future best friends.

Bring your own mat!

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WDS 2015 Tickets On Sale Today at 9am

Hey everyone, today's the day!

For five years now, our volunteer team has produced a global adventure that takes place every year in Portland. This year will be our best event yet—and we'd love you to join us for a very special anniversary event this summer.

Here’s what you need to know:

*This is the FINAL ROUND of ticket sales for WDS 2015. We offer all tickets on a first-come, first-served basis, and we don’t hold back any tickets for sale at the event itself.

*We operate WDS as a non-commercial event. There are no corporate sponsors, and all costs go toward the event or our new Scholarships for Real Life foundation.

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First Notice: WDS 2015 Tickets on Sale Wednesday, March 18

14640874552_81a5fc3f97_z For five years now, our volunteer team has produced a global adventure that takes place every year in Portland. This year will be our best event yet—and you should be there!

Here’s what you need to know:

*We’ll begin the FINAL ROUND of ticket sales for WDS 2015 on Wednesday, March 18 starting at 9am PST. We offer all tickets on a first-come, first-served basis, and we don’t hold back any tickets for sale at the event itself.

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One Log Cabin and 800 Yoga Mats: Some Unconventional Tax Deductions from My Life in 2014


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My tax return is complicated for a lot of reasons. First, I run several different businesses which all have their own set of accounting. WDS, our annual gathering, has its own legal structure, including a foundation that is completely separate from all my other projects. Last year we started an all-new event that also has its own legal structure.

So yeah, it’s complicated. It takes about 20 hours just to prepare all the info for my accountant, and as with most tax-prep tasks, it’s not usually a fun process. But I do enjoy seeing some of the charges on my statements from the previous year. They remind me of the crazy life I have, and the many fun experiences that I'm fortunate to participate in.

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“Scholarships for Real Life” WDS Foundation Is Now an Official Non-Profit

In 2013 we announced that all profits from WDS will go toward our new foundation, featuring Scholarships for Real Life.

In 2014 we announced the first grantees and $60,000 of initial awards to three individuals working on sensitive, important issues: a “kids-first” ADHD movement, LGBT empowerment, and life-skills training for youth.

Minddrive The process of gaining 501(c)(3) status is cumbersome and often takes more than a year. I wish it took a bit less time, but I do understand the reasoning. The IRS wants to make sure that non-profits are legit, so you have to work for it!

Anyway, I was excited to hear from our foundation’s Executive Director, Katie Hurst, that we are officially legit. All donations to the foundation are now tax-deductable, though for now we aren’t actually soliciting deductions—we’re just funding the account through any surplus WDS revenue.

The next phase of applications for this year’s awards will open next week.

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WDS 2015: First Round of Tickets Now On Sale!

Link: Registration Now Open — I’d love to invite you to an adventure like no other. Next summer in Portland, Oregon, we’ll be hosting the fifth anniversary of the World Domination Summit… and you’re invited! There will be great speakers. There will be a world record (we can’t say what it is yet, but it…

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