Leah and Naz speaking on main stage World Domination Summit 2016

Community is Connection.

With each bond we form, each connection we make we sew together a tapestry that goes further and wider than we could have ever imagined.  And as we deepen and strengthen those connections we deepened and strengthen our entire community.

We consider ourselves two of the wealthiest women alive.

It wasn’t always this way.

Five years ago we were both completely bankrupt.

Not financially bankrupt.

Bankrupt in a way that we weren’t even consciously aware of.

Empty, alone, isolated, depressed, stressed out and completely exhausted.

We had hit rock bottom.

As we started to slowly claw our way back, we started to realize there’s a heart-breaking myth that we’d been fed by this world and maybe you have too…:

That money is the most powerful and influential currency there is.

Actually, what we discovered is a currency even more powerful: the Currency of Connection.

Now, there’s nothing wrong with money, it’s important, we all need it….But it simply can’t bring a richness to your life the way connection does.  Connection brings fulfilment, aliveness, joy, belongingness, and happiness. And not just that, it’s a way for you to experience things you can’t even imagine are possible right now.

But the crazy thing is…most of us have either completely forgotten about it or just lost sight of it along the way.

See in the world today, on one hand we seem more connected than ever before, with access to social media, 24/7 information and the online world, and yet on the other hand we’ve never been more disconnected, more lonely or more isolated.

The villages and communities of old are rare. Gatherings like WDS, of like-minded people who share values and beliefs, are rare. And even when we do find our village or community where we feel like we belong, we find ourselves having completely forgotten the art of connection and there still remains a barrier.

And when we come to amazing events like WDS it’s easy to make the mistake of thinking the only connections that matter are the well-known speakers and experts. When in fact, your most important connections are sitting next to you, in front of you, and behind you. That means you can start connecting TODAY.

But often we don’t know how to connect with others, where to start, and what on earth could we contribute?!

We tell ourselves lies like:

  • I have nothing to offer
  • I don’t know how to share my challenges, ask for help
  • I’m scared to put myself out there & be vulnerable.

 

So we want to help you get the currency of connection in action by sharing with you 3 Powerful Connection Hacks.  And we would suggest that even if you just decided to do one of these things your life would be forever changed.

Leah and Naz at WDS main stage

Connection Hack #1 – See strangers as friends you haven’t met yet

Naz:

It was a Saturday in 2012, and someone told me I had to look up this random guy named Chris Guillebeau….I’d never heard of him but was told he was amazing, inspiring and had something important to say.   So I took a gamble, looked him up and noticed he happened to be in Sydney the very next day at a book signing.

I decided to go. It was over an hour train ride into the city on a Sunday night. No one goes into the city on a Sunday night.

When I got there I felt incredibly sick, anxious and like this was DEFINITELY not a good idea! I mean, I knew no-one at this event. I was so nervous, I even walked around the building twice before deciding to finally go in. But then I remember a tip a friend once taught me ‘Just see strangers as friends you haven’t met yet!’

As I approached the top of the escalators that voice in my head started screaming at me.  This is a really bad idea.  You need to turn around, get out of here!

I reached the top and instead of going back down I reassured myself. No!  He is just a friend you haven’t met yet.

As I walked down this very long corridor with the ugliest carpet I have ever seen this guy appeared at the other end.  I felt immensely awkward but I decided to push down those feelings and greet this strange figure just as I would any friend.

And I am so glad I did.

Strangers are just friends you haven’t met yet.

How does it feel to realize you are sitting here is a room filled with 1000 of your closest friends?

Connection Hack #2 – Underthink it!

Leah:

How many times have you been in a situation where there was someone you wanted to talk to, but you completely overthought it and either totally messed up the conversation and it was really awkward, or you just abandoned the idea all together?

One of the biggest killers of connection is when we overthink it.

Back in 2012, I met Naz in an online course, now I’d never seen this woman or spent any time with her apart from a couple of audio calls, and we lived 12 hours’ drive apart, but after one week of knowing each other, she calls me up and says, ‘Hey, I was wondering – do you want to start a business together?’

And before my brain could even engage, I found myself saying, ‘Yeah, sure!’

Now, we had zero clue what this supposed business was going to be about and zero experience as entrepreneurs, but the magic we get to create in the world today would never have been possible if I hadn’t have underthought it.

Imagine what would happen if you simply said yes to something, instead of letting your overactive brain analyze every single decision?

Connection Hack #3- Show up

Naz:

Back in 2012 after being a police officer for more than 12 years, I was feeling completely dead inside. I came across this quote that said that life begins at the edge of your comfort zone. I thought, well if I want to feel alive again, the fast way to do that is to get out of my comfort zone. So I decided to say yes to every opportunity that came my way for an entire year.

It was that same year that we decided to travel across half way around the world to attend our very first WDS. I knew nobody.  Not even Leah.  I mean we had only met in person for less than 3 hours by that stage.

That year, I said yes to take part in world record attempts, crazy challenges that had me racing around town singing to strangers, buying kids’ ice creams, attended ad hoc and planned meet-ups.

I even somehow managed to end up on the Main Stage with complete strangers competing for first place in this crazy adventure..  I was so scared. I had 20 seconds of a limerick to complete and I went completely blank.  Yup.  Blank and standing in front of 2000+ people.  At that moment I wished the floor would open and swallow me up.

But it didn’t.  Instead I pulled a piece of paper from my back pocket and read my lines out loud.  The crowd went crazy and instead of being ostracized, I was embraced.  Immediately afterwards, people kept coming up to me and congratulated me on my courage.  All of a sudden I wasn’t invisible.  I was seen for one of the first times in my life.

And even better than that, those to strangers – Oliver and Kristy.  We made a connection.

See an unexpected side effect of showing up is connectedness.  Connections don’t happen in your hotel room, from behind your laptop or by liking someone’s Facebook post. They happen in the flesh when you show up.

That year, I’d never felt more alive. All because I decided to show up and get uncomfortable.

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We are inviting you to join us on a mission of connection. Why?

Because no community can last, without having connections that last.

Plus we know this is the fastest way to experience fulfilment, aliveness, joy, belonging, and happiness.

So we challenge you to try out one of these hacks at your very next opportunity:

  • See strangers as friends you haven’t met yet
  • Underthink it!
  • Show up

And remember, the fastest way to solidify the connections you make this weekend, is to follow up, to check in, and to genuinely care about the journey of others long after your initial connection.

Because it’s only by using the currency of connection that, who knows, maybe you too can become the wealthiest person you know.

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