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EVO’10 Opening Keynote

We kicked off EVO’10 in an amazing way this year with 4 fabulous speakers focused on the theme “Evolution Defined”. Nirasha Jaganath (, Stephanie Quilao (, Wendy Sachs ( and Heather Spohr ( left us inspired and in awe.

I’ve had lots of requests to post up the quote that I used from Laird Hamilton – here it is:

“Water always finds the path of least resistance. It flows. You never see square turns on a river. There’s always curvature. . .

“When I think of my life, I feel like I’ve always been given the absolute right experiences to help create who I am. If I hadn’t grown up in Hawaii, cut my teeth at Pipeline, and been surrounded by the era’s greatest surfers throughout my childhood, I don’t know where I would have ended up. I don’t want to know. I’m grateful for all the twists and turns of fate that have brought me here.”

As long as you somehow think you are in control of everything, you are always going to be struggling and striving. That’s the opposite of letting things flow. Ask any martial arts mater: The power isn’t found in resistance. Strength comes from yielding to what is. Counter-intuitive though it may be, fighting puts you in a weaker position.”

Danielle Smith helped us put together an incredible slide show from our speakers that gave us glimpse inside each of our speakers’ journey. We originally had it set to Dave Matthew’s “Where are you Going” but to be all lijit and legal we had to add some stock music to it before it went live on the internets.

Heather Spohr summed up the conference theme perfectly with one of her closing remarks:

“Today I am a very different woman than the one I imagined I would be when I wrote my first blog post at twenty-two. But very few, if any of us, will travel a course in life untouched by the unexpected. In nature, the species that refuses to change when faced with the unexpected dies off. The ones that evolve, that find a new, different version of themselves, survive. Likewise, if we are to make the most of our lives, if we are to be the absolute best women we can possibly be, we must be willing to evolve no matter what life throws at us. To find purpose even when presented with a version of life that, in the present, seems impossible to live. Each day I work to find that purpose – both as an individual and as a blogger – and I entreat all of you to do the same with your lives as well.”

Thanks for an amazing evening!

(photos taken from the EVO Conference Flickr Stream from shelleblok)

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  2. BenSpark 07/21/2010 at 5:39 am

    Excellent recap of that opening keynote. I am sure that there were no dry eyes or cold hearts at the end of that session. The strength and passion of each of the speakers was infectious. I loved every minute of learning about their stories and hurt so much hearing about their struggles and sadness but cheered for their healing and perseverance.

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