When I walked in the Park Hyatt in Zurich last December, the overwhelming beauty of the incredible sculpture in the lobby deeply touched my soul. This gorgeous art installation, called ‘Networking’ created by Swiss artist Martina Vontobel, has thousands of very thin copper wires woven together in unique massive shapes, exposing light and transparency. It is said to represent the connecting of people, bringing them together. The material used, and purpose of design perfectly foreshadowed the intent of my visit – to attend Robin Sharma’s Titan Summit, an annual event drawing scores of fascinating people from around the world in the common pursuit of becoming icons and legends, and making the world a better place with the contribution of their individual gifts. My entire experience in Zurich, the hotel and attending the Titan Summit, changed me in the very best possible way forever, like copper connecting.
Copper is an intriguing element in our planet. It can be used directly in its natural metallic form and has been used by humans, since c. 8,000 BC according to Wikipedia, as building material, decoration, jewelry and currency. Copper has evolved in the significance of its use in modern times, primarily as an electrical or thermal conductor in cars, computers, and microwaves; and it continues to be used in architecture because of its corrosion resistant properties. It is also an essential element to human health, particularly as it is required for normal metabolic processes to occur in the human body. The longevity and complexity of the multifaceted use of copper in our human existence is truly remarkable. It truly is a conductor, of the finest human symphony, keeping things and people functioning, moving forward – quite a powerful distinction to hold, like the effects of the Titan Summit on those in attendance.
Given the powerful properties of copper as a conductor, naming this captivating installation, ‘Networking’, is compelling. Through it flows the energy of like-mined individuals looking to connect and develop mutually beneficial associations or relationships. The copper sculpture allows for human electricity to be generated, fueling personal and professional growth. This connection, this binding or joining together, requires a person to act. Whilst the copper stands still, energy flows only when humans press the button, turn it on, or as implied by its namesake, initiate contact with other humans. Conductors, like copper, are all around us in various forms; it’s the action of connecting through these conductors that we as humans have the capacity to initiate thus unleashing power, or rather, positively charged outcomes.
Have you ever been in a room of people where the vibe was totally electric? Where you felt good energy flowing through all of you? And whilst soaking in the rays of positivity, you realized that you made the best decision of your life? That’s how it felt for me at my first Titan Summit, facilitated by the strongest conductors of human energy in existence today, Robin Sharma and his vibrant faculty. Within four life changing days, I made personal connections with over 30 incredible human beings, and professional associations with many more. This diverse, open-minded, kind hearted group of individuals, or Titans, from all corners of the world, and from all walks of life – business leaders, artists, professionals from all disciplines, humanitarians, and inspiring entrepreneurs – aspire to be the very best human beings possible in their pursuit of leading a giant life.
Titans push and encourage each other to climb individual mountains through discipline, self-love, mastery, and incredible bravery like that found in the upper echelons of the greatest human beings of all time, e.g. Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa. They act and are always in forward motion, looking to improve their performance each year and maximize their contribution to society out of deep love and respect for humankind. Collectively their individual energy is powerful enough to cause significant shifts in how others think, behave and act – quite profound is their force on humanity, and it is growing stronger and more influential each year.
With the spirit of a hero and the heart of a saint, Titans infuse their glowing energy on all who have the joy of being in their presence. You’ll have the very best conversation with any one of them. These beautiful people, through their hard work and discipline, have abundant clarity about their innate talent, strong passions, and what their gift is to the world. Spending four days engaging with this eclectic crowd certainly fires up your game and polishes your perspective on life. More importantly, you will come to understand who you really are and where you need to go, and will have the support of giants to get there.
Sitting in my stylish room at the Park Hyatt Zurich before the event, I was full of fear and doubt, while at the same time I was very excited to be there. I wasn’t sure that I belonged in this high performing world-class group of accomplished and inspiring individuals. Given I’m a Type A personality with a lot of heart, I swallowed hard, took a deep breath, trusted myself and my core social strengths, and plunged right into the fear of the unknown. Wow! I’m forever grateful that I pushed myself forward. At the end of day one, I had a little cry in my room – a happy cry, because I knew that I found my tribe, finally. As soon as I first introduced myself to someone I did not know (which was pretty much everyone!), I knew right away that, based on the verbal exchange and connection that ensued, I belonged.
These glorious conversations will forever be imprinted on my mind and have been a source of light in my life ever since. Conversations full of bigger, richer perspectives about the world, overwhelming compassion and understanding for all, encouragement to pursue your true self, sharing and listening without fear or judgement, acceptance of vulnerability, letting it all out, i.e. whatever is wearing you down, and emptying the darkness in your mind. Talk about copper connecting – just amazing what spending four days with incredible people can do to energize your heart, mind, body and soul to move forward in pursuit of your life’s purpose.
Inspired and moved by the beautiful copper sculpture called ‘Networking’ sitting quietly and elegantly in the lobby of the Park Hyatt in Zurich, I changed the conversation of my life by forging meaningful new life-long relationships with a group of people called Titans, my new tribe. These conductors of all that is great in the human spirit helped unleash my mind, open my heart, invigorate my body, and feed my soul. In connecting with them, I have come to know my own purpose and now have the clarity, relationships and tools I need to leap forward with my life.