Let’s say that again: Wow.
I’ve mentioned before on my main blog that my mission statement in life is “To do cool shit with cool people.” And I’d just like to say that the Badass Project conference, which we held for free last Thursday and Friday, was the perfect embodiment of that mission.
If you were there, you know what I’m talking about. We hosted 18 speakers — folks who are some of the best, smartest, most badass thinkers online. The conference itself was like putting on a rock concert. It was like riding a rocket sled down a hill. We switched presenters every 20 minutes and the time absolutely flew. I was inspired and on a high the entire time, and that feeling has persisted. If you were there, I’ll bet you felt the same way.
If you weren’t there, that’s a serious bummer because we’ve run into some tech issues with the recording. So far, we’ve only managed to save four of the sessions. We’ve got our fingers crossed that we’ll be able to get ahold of some of the others, but no promises. But we’ll let you know when we know for sure.
But here’s something cool… we recorded two ADDITIONAL sessions that weren’t aired live. One is with Chris Guillebeau, talking about “What’s wrong with potential.” The other is with Brian Clark, on “Resistance.” (Brian was supposed to be on live, but tech failed us yet again. I actually prefer it this way because we’ll actually HAVE his recording this way!) We’ll let you know when these are ready, too. Give us a few days.
I don’t know how to thank everyone enough for making this event happen. It exceeded my best expectations.
Thanks to each and every one of our amazing speakers: Jon Morrow, Thor Holt, Anissa Mayhew, Carole Brown, Tommy Walker, Amber Rae, John Unger, Amber “Miss Destructo” Osborne, Seth Godin (on day 1) and Charlie Gilkey, Jonathan Fields, Leo Babauta, Matt Glowacki, Julien Smith, Joe Hall, Maggie Ginsberg-Schutz, Warren MacDonald (on day 2), and Chris Guillebeau and Brian Clark whose interviews are yet to come.
I also want to give huge props to Bill Graham of SpeechText Access for donating captioning for our deaf and hard-of-hearing attendees, and to Francisco Philibert, Margaret Downs, Wendy Greenlee, and StreamText for donating their time and effort to a cause they believed in. And huge thanks to Karen Putz for introducing us and making it all happen in the first place.
Thanks to our on-air co-hosts Rebecca Kellogg and Adrian Varnam, and to Tommy Walker (again) for all of their help as solid Badass Project cohorts, or whatever you’d call them.
Finally, my co-founder Jessica Commins is THE reason this event happened. Literally. This would NOT have happened without her. That’s not me being humble. That’s me being honest. Jess’s tireless efforts carried this entire thing and I can’t thank her enough.
And all of you out there in internetland? You all rock. Everyone who attended, chatted with us, tweeted and Facebooked the event, told your friends, sung our praises… you are all badasses.
This was an amazing, amazing thing for me, and I’m so glad to have been a part of it. Because this event was IMPORTANT.
It’s IMPORTANT to show people how to overcome their self-imposed limitations, destroy their excuses, and achieve the amazing things that are inside of them.
It’s IMPORTANT to eliminate even a little bit of the blame, whining, and phony excuse-making bullshit in the world.
It’s IMPORTANT to raise expectations.
And while I’ve said over and over again that The Badass Project is not a disabilities website (it’s a “living without excuses” website), it’s nonetheless IMPORTANT that we helped — in maybe a small but meaningful way — to bridge that mental gap that some people have about disabled people.
Matt Glowacki talked about overcoming low-expectations, meaning the low expectations people have of what he can do because he was born without legs. That’s what all of this has been about. What low expectations do you have for yourself? What low expectations do others have for you — regardless of how “able bodied” or “able minded” you think you are? And… how can you overcome them?
I wrote on my own site about how it’s important for your life to have meaning and to believe that what you are doing makes a difference.
Well, for everyone who helped create this event, who presented at it, who attended it, and who spread the word about it… you have made a difference.