Pause for Pregnant Thoughts – 2/3

Last week I posted the first of three summaries from our recent trip to the World Domination Summit (#WDS2015) in Portland OR. I’ve been to numerous conferences but the energy and engagement at WDS is indescribable.

Following is my summary of five more of the presenters I learned from…


“View people as people and NOT a platform.” – Jon Acuff

Jon Acuff (@JonAcuff) on finding your voice:

  • Are you willing to face the fear of today to avoid the regret of forever? Regret has a much longer shelf life than fear.
  • Once you see people as only your platform, eventually you’ll only view them as something to stand on.
  • Trying to get everyone to like you is the quickest way to hate yourself.
  • Your voice is never really lost. It’s just waiting for you to come find it.

Kid President (aka Robbie Novak) (@iamkidpresident) on making the world a better place:

  • Don’t hide your magic!
  • Don’t just share content, share opportunities.
  • Always look for the awesome.

Racheal O’Meara (@romeara1) on the importance of taking ‘pauses’ in your life:

  • Recognize a ‘pause’ as being any intentional shift in your behavior.
  • What three things could you shift to incorporate more quiet reflection into your life? More ‘being’ and less ‘doing’?

Screen capture from Megan Devine

Megan Devine (@refugeingrief) on having patience with others’ pain:

  • When people can’t trust you with their pain and suffering, they can’t fully trust you with their love and joy.
  • Become aware of your impulse to jump in and help solve others’ problems, to try to make things better.
  • Don’t try to ‘fix’ people or their struggles. Instead, learn how to be patient and simply be with them in their pain.


Lewis Howes (@LewisHowes) on becoming great:

  • Although most people desire to be great, most of them don’t believe they’re good enough to do so.
  • Men put their primary focus on becoming the “King of Diamonds” (money), when they need to focus more attention on being the “King of Hearts” (emotions).