60 – 90 MINUTE TALK ABOUT FINDING AFFIRMATION

DO DOPE S#!7

Growing up – I found enjoyment in almost anything. There was always a sense in me that felt I could see the source code of happiness and always tried to make sure that, from every experience – happiness was at the core.

Through sneaking out, defying instruction and a general reluctance to simply mingle with the ordinary, life was able to give me experiences that would shape and mould my appetite for affirmation.

There was a concert happening a few towns over form me, I couldn’t get tickets. Instead of simply taking the ‘L’, I arrived 8 hours before doors, knocked on the door and presented, proudly, my poorly photoshopped ‘Fan Club Moderator’ badge and a clipboard with some names, dates and more.

Powered exclusively by adrenaline, my teenage brain explained that the band were going to be expecting me. The venue let me come in, the band had not even arrived yet. Making use of myself, I helped them stock the bar, and prep the venue – fetched a drink or 2 for the local crew.

As the band pulled up, I ditched my clipboard and badge, approached the tour bus and proudly declared that my name was Alex and I was a techy at the venue and would be helping to load in the gear..

MY NAME IS ALEX, I'M A TECH HERE, LET'S LOAD YOU IN.

THE LIE

My friends were on the line outside the venue – the same ones who had previously chuckled when their friend couldn’t get a ticket. Eyes darted across from the bus to the stage door as their friend walked in the doors, unchecked. The venue thought I was friends with the band, while the band thought I worked at the venue.

During the show, I was on the stage the whole time, catching crowd surfers, protecting the mic and singer’s area. As the set went on, band members would fist bump me – my friends were just looking at me with confusion.

That desire to never take the L and always make the most of a situation stemmed from that night. That single moment took me around the world, introduced me to Dan, took me around the world again and presented me with hundreds of moments in my life – moments somebody not seeking their affirmation with such devotion would notice.

Those are the moments I chase across the globe – moments people need to be more awake and conscious to find. This talk is about seeing the source code of life and using it to make sure life is lived chasing the dream.