A Declaration Of Interdependence

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Happy July 4th to everyone in the U.S.

I’m writing this to you in Portland, OR as I’m here for the World Domination Summit. It feels good to be on the learning end of things. I actually feel like I’m going to Summer Camp. It’s going to be great to meet up with people I know like Chris Guillebeau, Ishita Gupta, Jenny Blake, Jonathan Fields, and Jodi Ettenberg. It’s going to be great to finally meet people I’ve only chatted with online like like Scott Belsky and Pam Slim. It’s going to be fabulous to meet people I’ve admired but never had the chance to converse with or meet yet like, Chris Brogan, Leo Babauta and a zillion more people.

After Portland, I’m honored to be presenting and teaching at the Bold Academy. I can’t wait to reconnect with a dear friend: Antonio Neves and also share high fives and hugs with Amber Rae, Nathaniel Koloc and Evan Walden.

When I spend a lot of time mixing and matching words together on a keyboard utilizing the opportunities that independence brings, it leaves me at times, not sharing moments with other people. As someone who coined the slogan for his company as: “Together. Be Better.”

  • I’m excited to be immersing myself in a collective soup of genius and curiosity over the next week
  • I’m excited to meet people who I couldn’t imagine not knowing before this weekend
  • I’m excited to make connections and  help people get through a rut I never knew they had before actually meeting them
  • I’m excited to learn things I never knew I didn’t know from people I’ve never met
  • I’m excited to remember that I’m not going about this life journey alone
  • I’m excited to meet the “Bolders” and hopefully inspire them to be more accountable and to live more intentionally

Always be a fan of those who inspire you. Always be learning from those around you but be sure to take a break from being busy and truly enjoy someone’s company.

The independence of individual choice leads to on ever increasing interdependence of one another.

Community and the shared experience is what we’re all striving for. If you’ve been indoors too long or if you haven’t rubbed shoulders with new people lately, let today be a reason to do so. Go to a meetup group, go to a new bar, go to a new park. Say hello to someone. You never know if that person might have the key to a problem you’ve been stumped with for weeks.

Get lost in the people around you today (and this weekend). Hear their stories, chime in, laugh and be present,  Yes, America has its faults but today I’d like to admire the things that America does do right and the blank canvas it provides all of us who has a dream. I’m thankful for those men and women who created and fought for a country based on the idea that we all had the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness…together. What gave them the audacity to even think it was possible is beyond me, but I tip my hat to the unfathomable amount of endured hardships along the way.

Wherever you are, let’s raise glass to anyone, who by being brave, allowed us to independently chase our dreams, to tinker away at our hobbies and to find meaning in life beyond merely earning a buck. And let’s be sure to celebrate this freedom by recognizing the joy that comes from experiencing this freedom collectively.

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If you haven’t read the Declaration of Interdependence I wrote yet, you can do so here.

What are your plans for this 4th of July?