Alptitude things I learned

aspiringarc
Jun 2, 2015 · 3 min read
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Lac Blue to Chalet Le Badney

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.

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A little piece of heaven

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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.

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.

Giving

Yep giving; that about sums it up

Alptitude

A summit for ideas.

aspiringarc

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Dad, Sociotechnologist, Business Model Adventurer, Digital Architect, Hopeful Optimist

Alptitude

Alptitude

A summit for ideas. Where innovation meets Utopia. 25 entrepreneurs · 7 days · 1 life affirming experience

aspiringarc

Written by

Dad, Sociotechnologist, Business Model Adventurer, Digital Architect, Hopeful Optimist

Alptitude

Alptitude

A summit for ideas. Where innovation meets Utopia. 25 entrepreneurs · 7 days · 1 life affirming experience

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