Adventure, Spotlight, WDS

WDS Contest: And the Ticket Goes To…

For the last two weeks, amazing essays, poems, lists and videos have been appearing on the topic, Why Adventure? Today, I draw the winner from among them, and award that person a shiny new World Domination Summit ticket.

With so many great adventurers to choose from, how do you pick a winner? Well, voting and arbitrary judgement are both time-honored traditions, but this is adventure. There’s always an element of the unexpected, the unpredictable in adventure, right?

So, as promised, I used a random selection method to choose the winner.

What kind of random selection method? Well…

If you know what that is, roll twice on the Wandering Blogger table. If you don’t know what that is, I am totally not a nerd. And never was.

Of course, you have no idea if I’m really rolling the die or not. I could just “cheat” and put it on whatever number I want, and say I rolled it. But this is a low-tech operation and the best I can do is ask for your trust. Plus, if I wanted to just pick the winner myself, it’s my contest—I could just do that openly. But I think adding luck to the mix is more fun.

Other fine print:

  • I reserved the right to enter one “favorite” twice, but decided against it. I liked all the entries so much, I want everyone to have an equal chance.
  • One person entered in order to give their ticket (if they won) to their friend, Julianne. But Julianne entered too! (She didn’t know about them when they both entered, it was innocent.) So Julianne is just in the contest once like everyone else.
  • I had earlier said than Benjamin Jenk’s video response was not meant as an entry. That was a misunderstanding on my part, so he has been entered.

Here’s the final list of contenders:

(You can see their entries here, here and here.)

Who’s the lucky one that gets the golden ticket?

Fate is just a die roll away…

Clatter clatter clatter…

And the winner is:

Gregory Dsouza of Mindsightz Blog!

Congratulations Gregory—expect an email from me shortly working out the details of the ticket transfer. Your reasons to adventure were introspective, vivid, and punchy all at once. Take those qualities with you to the Summit and tell ’em the Rogue Priest says hello… You’re about to meet a whole bunch of free thinking people.

Very free thinking! Photo courtesy of Armosa Studios.

Many thanks to everyone who entered, everyone who helped spread the word and, of course, all my readers for being your awesome selves. And many thanks to Chris Guillebeau for hosting the World Domination Summit and endorsing this giveaway.

Anybody have a question for Gregory? Wonder what he hopes to do or learn at WDS? Speak up! We have to grill him now…

Adventure, Spotlight, WDS

More Essays on Adventure

My contest to give away a ticket to the World Domination Summit goes on, and more great entries are gliding in! Each of the essays below reflects on person’s take on the question, “Why Adventure?” and the value that adventure brings to us as human beings.


Dancing at World Domination Summit 2011. Photo courtesy of Armosa Studios.

Stephanie Kelly

Excitement and change; most people would probably say they like the former, but not everyone likes the latter – and change is a crucial aspect of adventure. If you know what’s going to happen, or if you stay in one place, it’s not an adventure. If there’s nothing that takes you  out of your comfort zone, that requires a leap of faith, it’s not an adventure.

Why Adventure? on A Quiet Revolution

Eric Lunsford

In the end, success came for them not because they focused on the bottom line, are really good at getting together investors, or know how to make a sale… their success came from everything they learned on their adventure. If it wasn’t for the trips they took, they would have never been able to build what they have now.

5 Entrepreneurs Show How Traveling Guarantees Business Success

Julianne Kanzaki

No one ever regretted adventure, not even Aron Ralston, who had to amputate his own arm in the isolated canyon in Utah.

Why Adventure? on SwimBikeRun

Gregory Dsouza

Get out of the 9-5 and LIVE

Why Adventure? on Mindsightz

Marvin Abisia for Julianne

This one was entered on behalf of a friend to surprise her with the ticket. As it turns out she already entered on her own! What a bunch of go-getters

I’ve come to believe more and more that life was not meant to be lived within the confines and rules of a world designed by others.

To Find Out Who You Are, Go On An Adventure

The contest remains open through midnight tonight (CST). To read the other entries, go here. To enter the contest yourself (do it!), go here.

Does one of these takes really speak to you?