5 days, 35 content sessions, 12 varieties of cocktail, an endless array of delicious eats, 4 sunsets, 4 sunrises, 25 giant inflatable duckies, 8 sailing tours, 1 submarine, 19 incredible musicians, 25 staff, and 200 kind, humble & competent entrepreneurial souls willing to go out on a limb for an absolutely unforgettable experience in time & space. Impeccable organization.
Great talks by brilliant minds. Practical topics like leadership, email marketing, Evernote or instagram, but also visionary scientific presentations like Artificial Intelligence and psychedelics.
Some random quotes I wrote down:
“Intelligence isn’t enough. It doesn’t make you get up in the morning and do things. You need motivation.” Jack Alloca about Artificial Intelligence.
“You don’t have to figure leadership out. Figure YOU out and then leadership will come forth.” David Bayer.
Nate Ginsberg, one of my fellow DC (Dynamite Circle
) participants, described the event perfectly:
“Baby Bathwater Island is like entrepreneurial crack. Five days of nonstop stimulating conversations with some of the most interesting and inspiring people I’ve ever had the pleasure to spend time with. This community is proof that success and good heartedness aren’t only correlated but causally linked.“
Unfortunately this was the last year the event will take place on Obonjan island
, as it is rumored that the island has been sold to Disney…
The island is magical… Arriving on the ferry, I could already smell the pine trees. In the ‘forest’, our luxury tents were hidden. It was really ‘glamping’: inside the tents they had managed to build an entire hotel room, including bathroom and airconditioning!
My roommate was also into book publishing! Was this a coincidence or a careful orchestration by the organizers? They were definitely thoughtful about matching the right kind of people. Considerate enough, for example, to match ‘early sleepers’ and ‘party peeps’ in separate areas of the island, so each group could quietly enjoy their own wake-sleep time… 🙂
The island offered beautiful settings for the stages and presentations. On the first day, I did a morning yoga class on a wooden deck overlooking the sea. When I came back an hour later for my talk, the deck had been transformed into a presentation area. There were various other stages, blended in with nature, where the content parts of the event took place.
There was a treasure hunt to help us get to know the island and the other participants. Every day we received a few clues in our inbox.
Dinners were held at a high point of the island, overlooking the pool and the sunset. Drinks and daytime snacks (ceviche!) were by the seaside, where lounge beds, towels, hats, sunscreen, giant floating ducks and of course drinks were readily available. At night I heard there was a pizza bakery and hamburger joint somewhere in the forest, but I never made it there.
I got to speak barefoot in my denim shorts on a beautiful stage under trees and near the water.
I was the first speaker, on the first day, which is a great way to meet the other participants. From the first day, they knew who I was, so if they felt a connection, they would just approach me for a chat.
I met so many beautiful people, all so aware and open and knowledgeable about their expertise. Apart from meeting new, interesting, high-level people, I had three big take aways:
- Some of the ‘babies’ are already location independent. For others this concept is still new. I was sometimes surprised to be talking to such bright people who still live in a ‘box’. Many have achieved (financial) freedom, but don’t yet know what to do with it. Some told me they had to get back home after the event for emails or meetings. Or to see their son. “Why not work from here?” “Why not fly your son over to Europe?” My (to me obvious) questions were real eye openers for them. I was kind of surprised how easy it is to provide added value to these very successful business owners.
- I was delighted to discover that about half of the participants want to write a book and have no time and/or no idea where to start. I gave a mini presentation with my book writing tips and spoke to some participants privately, giving them my ‘start with the back cover’ advise. I even offered my ‘How to write a book in a week‘ ebook to all participants, to help them get started. So many stories to share! In the days after the event, I received messages from participants who had managed to write their back covers on the plane on their way home! I hope to be able to help some book writers during my ‘Write your book in one week’ retreat in October in Thailand. And I decided to turn my luxury writing retreat in the Caribbean in March into an exclusive ‘CEO writing retreat’.
- Many BBW participants are into energy management, purpose, productivity, focus, vulnerability etc. Lots of insights and great discussions for my new book.