I just got back from Chautauqua in the UK. Chautauqua is a special meetup where a group of FI minded folks gather out for a week. In between conversation about passions, VTSAX and the meaning of life, Chautauquans eat good food and tour exotic places.
UK Chautauqua 2019
I arrived in London at about noon on Saturday. First, I headed over to Tower Bridge:
I then went to the London debut of Playing With FIRE:
About 200 FIRE fans attended the debut including these two goofballs:
After a night at a staging hotel, we headed over to Ettington Park. In my day-to-day life, I’m not above budget chains like Motel 6. Attending Chautauqua is the opposite of the Motel 6 experience:
In between talks and deep conversation, we toured this beautiful corner of the UK:
And we ate amazing food:
What makes Chautauqua special are the interactions. Where else can you get together with 30 new friends and talk about your net worth, your fears, and your dreams late into the night? (Sleep, what’s that?)
In between talks:
And a roundtable where we discussed our next steps:
Attendees shared great conversation. And this is where the magic of Chautauqua is. It’s wonderful to visit a new place and eat fancy food. It’s also amazing to meet folks like JL Collins and Mad Fientist. However, connection with new members of the tribe is what attendees will come to value most.
It’s not often you can open up to someone about your net worth within 30 minutes of meeting them. Most fellow humans just wouldn’t understand. But this happens all the time at Chautauqua.
However, life is about so much more than money. Money is a tool and nothing more. The most interesting bits about Chautauqua come when folks start to figure out what the rest of their life is going to look like. It’s amazing to see it unfold.
I’m confident that lives will be changed as a result of this week. Some may not know it yet, but they will go home and take a course of action that they wouldn’t have if they hadn’t attended Chautauqua. Maybe they’ll start that photography business, start painting or move to Longmont (I nudged this one along with more than one attendee!). This week will have been an inflection point.
I know this to be true because Chautauqua changed my life. I met Alan Donegan at my first Chautauqua. He inspired me to take up public speaking which has turned me into a different person. I’m no longer shy and timid. I can meet new people and not freak out. I’m more confident and a better person. All because of one week at Chautauqua.
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