Walking from Lac Bleu back to Le Chalet Badney through a meadow; Spending time with people I don’t know locked in a chalet in the alps; Throwing myself into the unknown and making it up as we went along —yes without an agenda.
You call this a conference
2015 has been if nothing else an “interesting” year. My sudden return from Dubai, a rebirth of a business, reconnecting in Ireland etc etc. And then along came Alptitude. I had applied without any anticipation of getting selected. Surprisingly I got the nod from @kungfucarlos and @welovelean and waited expectantly. But what was I waiting for; I struggled to articulate my reason for attending the conference to others “a summit for ideas” or “a refuel” didn’t even get close.
And then Alptitude happened to me
So what did I learn
We are powered by stories
Everything is powered by stories, stories we tell ourselves about the world, about ourselves and about each other.
Terry Pratchett (RIP) had a wonderful word narrativium. Narrativium is the element that ensures everything runs properly as a story, it encapsulates the narrative force that powers the universe.
Spending time with people who have consciously chosen to tell themselves new stories about themselves and the world is incredible, from Ruth who is reinventing supermarkets, @kungfucarlos and @welovelean building a community where purpose-driven entrepreneurs can hang out, Jack building Dream Valley and having adventures, Martine and Young Happy Minds bringing the science of happiness to kids and all of the rest. Each one is building new stories to tell the world about themselves and about the world. Thanks Charlie and I love it.
We are creatures of flow and there is no turning back
A passage from a book The Rise of the Superman kept coming back to me, the essence was that ‘flow’ tends towards disruption and flow is itself a disruptive technology. Everyone at alptitude was seeking flow, but in that they were seeking a life of unorthodoxy. Lao Tzu is quoted in the book on the 2 paths. The right hand path will keep us safe and leads to a life a orthodoxy, it’s full of “thou shalt nots”. The left hand path is an ecstatic path, with little guidance and less security. Lao Tzu warned that a left-hand path is best never begun, and once begun, must absolutely be finished.
We all had to turn left to get to alptitude so no turning back now.
Rule 6: Don’t take yourself too seriously & live life
Richard brought us rule 6. When asked about the other rules…. well they don’t really matter. This lesson was reinforced by our mountain guide Bruno. After leaving an automotive career to pursue a life of adventure in the mountains with his family, Bruno has absorbed some mountain wisdom. As we walked and talked he told me (adopt a cool french mountain guide accent) “these mountains are 200 million years old, where I am from the mountains are 600 million years old, we are nothing”. Makes one think. @kungfucarlos summed it all up, he explained about an exercise with an ikea paper tape measure. Take a tape measure with 100 inches, first tear off the last 15 leaving you with 85, next tear off your age, now tear off 1/3 of what’s left for sleep, now tear off 1/3 for work, what’s left is your life: LIVE IT, but please don’t take yourself too seriously.
Yep giving; that about sums it up
In the end I spent 7 transformative days with amazing people, and I have love for each of them (you), and I love it and it’s ok.