So I started recapping the World Domination Summit about a month ago, and then I went on a bunch of trips and started writing about all these other things and got off track, but wanted to get back to it. One of the highlights of the WDS for me was getting to meet Danielle LaPorte. I’ve been a long-time fan of her website, White Hot Truth: because self-realization rocks, and so much of what she spoke about really struck a chord with me.
The focus was about pushing more, about being on your edge. She spoke of impeccability–not about being without fault, since we all have our chinks and our cracks, not about being perfect, but about engaging in the messy and unpredictable art of innovation with an unsullied, unbridled version of who we are.
“When do you not go the extra mile?” Danielle asked. When do you rise above fatigue and push through it? When are you truly present rather than just showing up? Certainly demanding nothing but the best leads to nothing but burnout, and yet it’s easy to fall into the trap of doing just enough to scrape by rather than giving our full effort.
Danielle spoke about taking radical responsibility for our own choices, and owning our own decisions. This includes claiming your decision to accept other people’s wisdom as your own and to act on it. Owning your choices is a sign of leadership, and LaPorte spoke about softening into the roots you came in with; letting the efficiency of that pull you forward. For me this applies to giving full effort. If I choose to accept a job that is not ideal because it doesn’t pay as well as I’d like or has a tighter deadline than I’d like or whatever, I have to own that decision–and if I decide to do the bare minimum for that assignment, I have to own that as well.
She spoke about articulating how you want to feel in order to get some clarity around that, divided loosely into different categories. One was rest/relaxation/body/wellness. One was job/vocation/money/entrepreneurship. And one was fashion/art/car/home/things you own. Narrowing down what you want in each category to three to five sensations, motions, values or specific feelings and then figuring out what you must do each day to generate that. I’ll admit that this seems impractical to me, having spent a lot of time dreaming of ideals which rarely come into fruition. But listening to Danielle speak makes it hard to not reignite that fire and start thinking about those dreams again…
Danielle, who is great at posing questions that really push the envelope, asked this: If you trusted that your art was going to support your life, how would you live? She promised that the universe is an ever-expanding bubble, that the stuff of life, the mesh of our cosmic order is designed for you to make progress. And so we innovate and lead, on the edge, focusing on our strengths and our openness.
Much of what LaPorte shared had to do with paying attention to the spirit of what you bring into the work you do, no matter what container it’s in. This could be giving away work for free (“charge a lot or give it away for free” was the mantra–doing gigs for free is not a risk, she said, but is essential) or about NOT doing less. Stop undercharging, stop taking red eye flights, and value yourself and your work enough to hire a real web designer rather than getting your cousin to do your website.
She spoke about art as a desire to be of service or a desire to self-express. Your self-expression is divine just because you show up, she said. There’s an interesting juxtaposition between just showing up and constantly working to push the envelope that I’m working to wrap my head around. Anyway, I’m not sure this quick summary does Danielle LaPorte justice, but I don’t think any summary really could.
- Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t by Jim Collins
- The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick) by Seth Godin
- The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment by A. J. Jacobs
- Transformational Speaking by Gail Larsen
- StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath
- Marie Forleo
- And, of course… Danielle’s website, http://whitehottruth.com/.