Pause for Pregnant Thoughts – 3/3

This is the third of three summaries of the take-away thoughts I brought with me from our recent trip to the World Domination Summit (#WDA2015) in Portland OR. The excitement and follow through from the participants is amazing to me. If you want to read more from participants from other participants, I’ll have a list in tomorrow’s post.


Derek Sivers rousing the crowd to quit doing what’s not working.

Derek Sivers (@sivers) on pursuing freedom:

  • Because most people don’t know why they’re doing what they’re doing, they settle for imitating others and going with their flow instead of establishing their own vision.
  • Commit to the problem you want to solve, not the outcome you want.
  • Spend more time learning and understanding and less time preaching.

Asha Dornfest (@ashadornfest) on how to be a grown up:

  • Embrace course corrections. Often when your plans fail, you feel as if you’ve failed. That’s not true. Correct your course and keep moving.
  • Some people just seem to be able to flip the ‘Epic’ switch and huge success comes their way. Usually success comes through a million small, consistent baby steps that are not seen by others. What the public sees is the ‘win’, not stumbling process of getting there.
  • Self-confidence grows every time you keep a promise to yourself.

Lissa Rankin (@Lissarankin) on seeking your calling:

Screen capture from Lissa Rankin.

Screen capture from Lissa Rankin.

  • Give life permission to break your heart.
  • Can you make peace with what’s true?
  • Develop “Prononia”, the belief that the universe is conspiring to back your desires.



Jeremy Cowart (@jeremycowart)

  • I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Jia Jiang talking with Heath Padgett during a break in the Rejection Therapy academy.


Jia Jiang (@JiaJiang) on developing a personal rejection therapy:

  • Developing a comfort with rejection is like martial arts for your mind.
  • You have no control over whether someone says ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to a request. But you do have control over how you present yourself and your request. Focus on what you can control.
  • Decide on the number of rejections – a ‘no’ list – that you’re willing to overcome before quitting that particular endeavor and moving on. By picking a particular number – say 25, for instance – you can make the process sort of a game, knowing that you have to reach that number before quitting. Most people find success way before they reach their limit.