Positivity Summit Movement - creating lasting impact
The Positivity Summit was born on December 15, 2015. The reason I can tell you the exact day of it’s creation is because I remember exactly where I was when the idea came to me. I was sitting in Boca Raton Florida at Tony Robbin’s Date With Destiny event. At the time I was in the beginning of my career as a professional speaker, and my second book was just being published.
I was gifted a ticket from a friend to go, and my number one objective was to observe Tony Robbins as a speaker. I was informed that he was “the best speaker in the world”, and I’m very competitive so I wanted to see whom this person was that is supposedly better than I was.
The event had over 4,000 people in attendance, and it was obvious how impactful it was to the audience. While I was sitting there was one question that kept coming to mind, why can’t I? Why can’t I run an event that brings people together, and creates a lasting impact? Why can’t I have a purpose driven event that brings humans together instead of dividing them?
I knew what I wanted my event to be. I knew that I wanted it to be different. Most event models are based on the show. There’s music, bright lights, celebrity guest, and a lot of glitz and glamour to attract an audience, but what happens after it’s over? What happens when everyone goes home? Where does the inspiration, motivation, and positivity go?
So how do you sustain that feeling? First I wanted to make the ticket price lower so almost anyone could afford to attend. I also wanted to create a feeling of community. I wanted to focus on connectivity. So I decided to make the Positivity Summit one day of speakers/workshops, and one day of community outreach and giving back to those that are less fortunate.
So now my next question was how do I make this happen? I had no team, no sponsors, no investors, and no upfront capital to run an event. But what I have always had was vision, and work ethic. So I ran our first event in my home state of New Jersey. From there we took the Positivity Summit to New York, Los Angeles, and just recently London.
No matter where on the globe we run our event the takeaway for me has been the same. We need each other. The bonds that have been formed from our events are what has help redefine my definition of impact. Being impactful is more than just words. It’s more than just a celebrity endorsement. It’s creating a community for those that want to see a change in the world through positivity, connectivity, and community.