As I checked in for my flight, I couldn’t help but feel nervous and excited at the same time. I’ve never been to Columbus Ohio, let alone Ohio. I’ve also never been to an inaugural event. Who will attend? Will I meet anyone I can connect with? Will I get the most out of the speakers? These were all of the questions that ran through my head as I got on that plane. What happened next was…MAGIC!
With a blink of an eye, I was back in Vegas with a profound energy and emotional high. I conquered my fears of traveling to the unknown alone. And I conquered the The Summit of Greatness. Here is my recap:
What I Loved: Relating to my own auto-immune disorder, I loved Kristina’s struggle to success story with food. I have currently changed my own diet drastically too.
What I Loved: Matthew has some of the best stage presence I’ve ever seen. His persona is sincere, funny and intoxicating to watch.
What I Loved: I loved connecting with Ryan personally as parts of his success story mirrored mine. I also loved his constant engagement with individuals beyond the stage.
What I Loved: Danielle gave some insight on what it was to be a feminist and that it does not always apply to women. I loved her edginess.
What I Loved: I related to his story about being an immigrant coming to America without any possessions and not speaking the language. His raw passion was very clear on stage.
What I Loved: Her perspective and insight on the modern age relationship and that two people can love one another and not be together.
What I Loved: In-Q interacted with the audience by delivering his powerful rhymes while walking through the audience and even on top of backs of chairs and section dividers.
What I Loved: Learning the importance of inner beauty as well as outer beauty. Stacy’s vulnerability on stage was very moving and allowed for her audience to deeply connect.
What I Loved: How an average everyday kid with a passion and drive took the Miami music scene by storm. I love his humility on stage and when he’s behind the decks.
What I Loved: Everything! His story, courage, passion, sheer will and inspiration to achieve and help others achieve greatness was very emotional to watch.
What I Loved: A true great. Christian is Lewis’ brother and so talented. His violin seemed like an extension of his arms that he controlled with ease to create breathtaking sounds.
Mmmmmm, nothing like a 5:30am (4am for some people) Cross Fit Bootcamp to fire you up for the speakers to come. My timezone was off so I was one of the few people up at 4am. We arrived to a warehouse where the likes of Steve Weatherford, Cory Gregory, and Marc Fitt awaited to torture us! The exercise wasn’t too bad considering we had almost 80 people in attendance. My personal goal was to finish every exercise as I have recently been recovering from my Colitis flare-up. The final half mile run was inspirational as all of the people that finished early ran back and cheered the lagging teammates. High fives and a search for the nearest trash can in hopes to not throw up, I could finally scream with pride “I DID IT!”
That is me on the very right barely holding it together for the picture!
The bar was definitely set high. The introductions alone are enough to top any other event. My personal challenge was to conquer my fear of attending an event alone. Not knowing a single person. Not knowing the city. Just me, myself and I. I can say with certainty that my goal was accomplished. I felt so much love and warmth around these strangers as everyone shared their vulnerable moments in an environment of support. I came out with new life-long friends, insight, and compassion and have already purchased my tickets for next year! A big thank you to Lewis Howes, his family and all of the wonderful staff that made this event so Magical. Lewis, as you so often say in your podcasts, want to acknowledge you for following your dream and having the courage to orchestrate such a memorable experience. I want to thank you for touching so many lives and bringing about inspiration and positivity to the world. In Gratitude!!!!
The man, the legend and a new friend. Thank you Lewis for everything!
Full Recap Video
Filmed and edited by Nathan Quattrini of Smooth Motion Cinema.
Tickets for next year’s event here.
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