My favourite notes from WDS

These are some of the words I have taken away from WDS2015. They are notes I have written down, but I apologize if they are not exact quotes. So many good turns of phrase. Inspiration! My notebook feels like a little piece of gold, thought it might be nice to share.

  • “How do you live a remarkable life in a conventional world?”  -Chris Guillebeau
  • “If you stay in MOTION, you don’t have to face the things that make you EMOTIONAL.” -Jon Acuff
  • “Flip the epic switch.” -Asha Dornfest
  • “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” -Maya Angelou, (used in Vani Hari’s presentation)
  • “Be not a superhero, but a super human.” -Lewis Howes
  • “Real relationships cost you something.” -Jon Acuff
  • “We want painful emotions to be better and when they can’t be fixed we get the message that grief needs to be silenced.” -Megan Devine
  • “What if I was worthy of my own trust?” -Asha Dornfest
  • “Is there anything I could do that would make you not love me?” -Lewis Howes
  • “If you want to be awesome, treat people more awesomely.” -Kid President
  • “Give life permission to break your heart.” -Lissa Rankin
  • “Even elephants are born small.” -Derek Siver
  • “Sometimes the tapestry has to come completely apart in order to be re-woven.” –Tess Vigeland
  • Inspired by Kurt Vonnegut, “Karass – a group of incarnated beings whose job it is to bring into existence, a holy idea.” -Lissa Rankin
  • “Nobody knows the future.” -Derek Sivers
  • “I use WDS to remember who I am, not the roles I play.” -WDS2015 attendee from Japan
  • “Don’t be a know it all.” -Wes from Armosa Studios
  • “Creativity is the new literacy.” –Chase Jarvis
  • “Gen X is missing deep conversation today, long form communication.” -Jonathan Fields

I don’t suppose this qualifies as long form communication, but I very much agree with Jonathan Fields. Something I will be trying to do more of.

Learning from The 100 Year Old Man

I’ve carried this book with me on so many trips over the past year, yet never started it. Both my husband and son read it, enjoyed it and assured me I would as well. Of course I did not fail to recognize it is a best selling title, so many other people around the world have also enjoyed this book. Finally, on the flight down to the Baja, I started.

Needless to say, many hours of sitting in the sun, a good book as your steady companion, is a must. My choice did not disappoint, I only wish to have stretched it out a little longer, (not going home for a couple more days!)

Even though this is pure fiction, I really think I learned a few things from Allan the Swede. The ideas or lessons which the book kept circling back on are central themes of human existence. Nothing new. But I very much enjoyed the way they were told. The entitlement, impatience and expectation, which seems to pervade society today were completely removed. The characters suffered far greater hardships than most of us have or ever will. Allan in particular kept a positive attitude the whole time.

For me, the whole story was believable because these things do happen to people. Of course, not all these events have happened to the same person over a single lifetime. But in our own way, we could all reach inside ourselves and behave a little better in the tough spots.

Enjoy this selection of quotes. I am adding some of these, maybe all of them, to my list of “mantras”. And when I remember the context of these words from the book, I’ll smile.

“But as long as we think positively, I’m sure a solution will appear.”

“…you’ll see that things will turn out like they do, because that is what usually happens – almost always, in fact”

“People could behave how they liked, but Allan considered that in general it was quite unnecessary to be grumpy if you had the chance not to.”

“Things are what they are, and whatever will be, will be.”

“How can I help?”

― Jonas Jonasson, The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared