Living a remarkable life in a conventional world is no small task. Even so, every year the streets of downtown Portland are teeming with people from around the world who do just that. Brought together by the World Domination Summit – a gathering of creative thinkers who value service, community and adventure – these like-minded souls have made alternative choices in life. Because of these choices, various corners of the world benefit.
As a four-year WDS veteran, I came home with new friends, new swag, new memories as well as the same information overload that happens every year. However, in those pages of notes lay a few key questions that jumped off the notebook. For me, these five questions are the foundation for navigating a remarkable life:
1. What do you want out of life?
Several people have asked me to write an improv book. Others have encouraged me to become a nomadic improv teacher. While both of these sound like amazing ideas, I realized I don’t want either of them enough to make the sacrifices necessary for these ideas to become reality – even though I see other people having successful books and tours. It’s easy to be envious of others in today’s oversaturated social media world. However, think about what you really want. If you’re jealous of a location independent blogger, do you want to give up your house and pets and put your belongings in storage to live out of a backpack for an extended period of time? If you do, great – get on it then. If you don’t, then you really don’t want location independence for your life – you merely like the idea of it. Think about it – what do you want badly enough that you’re willing to take risks and maybe even make some sacrifices?
2. What can you uniquely offer the world?
My students who have taken improv classes in other cities tell me that my classes are so different than what they’ve experienced in the past. Of course! My voice is different than that other teacher’s. If these same students go to another city, they’ll tell the new improv teacher the same thing. Just because you spend time – whether it’s work or play – doing the same thing as someone else doesn’t mean you have the same voice. Only you have your unique point of view.