Financial Bloggers Dominate #WDS2012 (Portland)
If one wants to take over the world using unique talents and ideas, it helps to have one’s finances in order.
So it’s no surprise that at this past weekend’s World Domination Summit (#WDS2012), many financial bloggers were in attendance and actually a big part of the program.
The World Domination Summit is a three day offline event in Portland, energized by Chris Guillebeau’s The Art of Non-Conformity community.
I grabbed up a ticket after seeing what a success last year’s event was. Call it a little conference stalking, if you will. Additionally, two #FinCon12 speakers were going to be heavily involved in #WDS2012, so I wanted to show my support.
Day 1 – Meetups and Movies
When I arrived (a bit late) on Saturday I participated in a lunch meetup for financial bloggers. Jenna from Adaptu, #FinCon11 alum and WDS Ambassador for the weekend, lead us all to the Portland food trucks. I was able to score some Cuban food (love it!).
At the meetup (and throughout the weekend), I had the pleasure of reconnecting with Jeffrey Trull, #FinCon11 alum. Jeffrey is the creator of Money Spruce and recently quit his job to move to Portland to dive head first into his freelance writing and SEO career.
I also met Stephanie Halligan of The Empowered Dollar, who has a passion for helping kids improve their financial life. Stephanie and I had some good talks on blogging, politics, and even marriage.
Finally, I met Alfonso Sainz de Bar, a financial blogger all the way from Spain! His blog is at ThinkingRich.es. Alfonso has big plans for his life, blog, and the financial start-up world.
After lunch and a few more sessions I headed to see #FinCon12 keynote speaker Adam Baker, of Man Vs Debt, who’s documentary film, I’m Fine, Thanks was set to premier at a historic theater across town.
Before the film got started I ran into #FinCon11 alum Caleb Wojcik of Pocket Changed and had a chance to meet his friend Corbett Barr of Think Traffic. I also got to meet the film’s director, Grant Peelle, who ended up being the surprise subject in the film.
The film was carefully and professionally produced and had several in the audience wiping their eyes at the end (possibly including me). Congrats to Baker and team!
The film featured the stories of many people who stopped saying, “I’m fine, thanks” and actually got intentional about living their life.
This included many you know; #FinCon11 alums Matt Jabs of Debt Free Adventure, J.D. Roth of Get Rich Slowly, Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income, M.J. DeMarco of The Millionaire Fastlane fame, Neal Frankle from Wealth Pilgrim, and many others.
These two ladies are doing big things with their blogs and online efforts, and were a blast to hang out with at the closing party the next night.
We also bumped into Mike Choi of RentingOutRooms.com, who has an interesting story about what all he’s done with his rental income.
Day 2 – More Meetups and J.D. Roth
How’s that for one day? Day two started with another lunch time meetup. This time around, Jenna, Jeffrey, Shannyn, Lora, Alfonso, Stephanie, and I convinced some others to join us.
I got to meet Joe from RetireBy40.org, who lives in Portland. Super nice guy with a great blog and life mission. I also had the pleasure of finally meeting Jaime of Eventual Millionaire, who has a fantastic podcast you should check out. Finally, I met Sophia Bera, CFP and financial planner for LearnVest, who’s doing big things for Gen Y.
After a few more breakout sessions, J.D. Roth gave the closing keynote.
He shared his story of personal change (including some of his recent changes) and gave us some takeaways for affecting change in our own life.
He opened up like never before and I learned a lot about his life story and guiding principles.
I’m excited that J.D. will be giving the closing keynote for #FinCon12 as well.
Others I bumped into included the always pleasant Justin Premick of Aweber, who is set to give an email marketing workshop at #FinCon12, the super productive James Clear, of Passive Panda and the Remora Method, as well as Love Drop’s Nate St. Pierre, who is starting an exciting new project, MixupTheWeb.com.
Thanks to Chris for a great summit and for bringing so many creative and interesting people together. The summit itself had many great speakers, breakouts, extra-curricular events, and was set against the wonderful backdrop that is Portland. All of which made WDS one of a kind.
I’ve already purchased two tickets to next year’s conference. They will go on sale to the general public soon and I’d encourage you to make it out if you can.
Images by Chris Guillebeau