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En route to Alptitude USA in Mount Hood, Oregon.

Why The Hardest Thing To Do Is Nothing

Create some space and watch the magic unfold

Laurence McCahill
Oct 26, 2017 · 5 min read
  • Setting
    Great ideas don’t happen in the boardroom, but in the outdoors
  • Space
    Leave room for new ideas and breakthroughs to emerge
  • Hosting
    How you show up as host shows others the way

Taking a different approach

When thinking up the format for Alptitude in 2015 we started with a simple question:

  • Despite there being no workshops, learning is all around
  • Despite there being no ‘networking’, lifelong connections are made
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Mirror Lake, Oregon

“They say heaven doesn’t exist. It does and I’ve just been there. It’s called Alptitude.” Kumaran Mani

If there’s one thing we’ve learnt over the last 5 years it’s that the scariest thing to do is when organising an event is to create large amounts of space in the schedule — and then get out of the way.

Scott Wolovich from New Sun Rising in Pittsburgh shares his Alptitude experience in Oregon

Trusting the process (and the people)

For certain problems, knowledge is best delivered from expert to student. However in this constantly changing world we live in – and particularly with the big questions we ask ourselves about life and business – we’re seeing that no one person has the answers.

“No one of us is as smart as all of us” Ken Branchard

In Oregon we got yet another glimpse of what’s possible with the right people, the right setting and the right intention:

  • Knowledge becomes power
  • Dreams turn into reality
  • Ideas become habits
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So what *actually* happened?

People often ask us this about these events. Well, here’s just some of what I can recall from those 7 days (you could put these in the play category):

  • We gazed at the starriest of skies
  • We practised yoga
  • We learnt Qigong
  • We rafted down ravines and plunged into water that was snow 10 hours ago
  • We met wildlife in the wilderness
  • We heard wolves howling
  • We hiked in bear country, visiting lakes and awe-inspiring waterfalls
  • We sang songs by the fire
  • We picked apples
  • We took part in a sound bath (no, me neither…)
  • We threw snowballs on a frozen lake
  • We visited microbreweries
  • We ate BBQ and dined on local seafood
  • We talked and talked and talked and talked
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Peer to peer mentoring

Yeah but did anyone actually get anything done?

Well, about that.

  • The 6 components of company culture
  • How to launch a podcast
  • How to grow your tribe using Medium
  • A simple framework for your elevator pitch
  • Brand strategy 101
  • Money and you
  • How to pitch and plan a book
  • The power of storytelling for your business
  • The art of listening for masterful conversations
  • Brainstorming using the Spark File technique
  • Writing your own obituary
  • Parenting and entrepreneurship
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Impromtu promo video filming

We also saw other ideas emerge

  • More than 20 peer-to-peer mentoring sessions happened on the final day
  • Someone hosted a rib-tickling pub quiz
  • Another wrote chapters for their upcoming book
  • A bunch of promo videos were filmed
  • Books, films and other brain food was shared
  • Not to mention the thousands of meaningful conversations whether over food, on a hike, on the road or river

The next Alptitude takes place in Europe in June, 2019 — just 25 places are available. Pre-register here

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Alptitude USA class of 2017

Alptitude

A summit for ideas.

Laurence McCahill

Written by

Co-founder The Happy Startup School. Building a global community of heart-shaped entrepreneurs and leaders, one event at a time.

Alptitude

Alptitude

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

Laurence McCahill

Written by

Co-founder The Happy Startup School. Building a global community of heart-shaped entrepreneurs and leaders, one event at a time.

Alptitude

Alptitude

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

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