I want to introduce the Live Your Legend movement and Scott Dinsmore. I found his TED talk a while back already but had lost track of it while speeding along the clutter of the information superhighway. Luckily I have rediscovered it and with it, its greatness and importance.
First things first: here’s the TED talk of Scott Dinsmore, the founder of Live Your Legend. I should note that Scott unfortunately passed away in September 2015 while climbing the Kilimanjaro in Kenya. (While doing what he loved).
What he founded lives on and many people are joining the so-called revolution. Currently Live Your Legend (LYL) is joined by 200.000 people from 186 countries who are on their journey to finding fulfilling work. ‘Change the world by finding work you love!’ An amazing feat and creed which I fully support. By signing up with your email address you’ll receive regular tips and tricks on how to do this. Don’t underestimate the usefulness of these tips, they benefit anyone who is open to them!
We’ve all heard people say “If only I could do this for a living!” while doing something they like or love. Live Your Legend strives to inspire people to find exactly that, to turn their passion and enthusiasm into work that suits them and makes them happy. Scott went from a job that made him miserable to discovering and doing that which made him the happiest he ever was. Now that’s quite a radical notion and the situation+solution is different for each person. The point is, you need to start finding and doing what you love to do. Not what’s OK or what’s fine, what you LOVE. What’s the work you can’t not do? See it as a cliché but life’s too short to spend your time not doing what you really want to do.
Scott thought of a framework for finding work that you genuinely care about and doing what you love doing. This framework consists of three simple rules Scott lived by:
1) Be your own self expert.
You need to know what you want to do, find your strengths, passions and opportunities. “If you don’t know what you’re looking for you’re never going to find it.”
2) Do the impossible.
Find your edge, push your limits. You can do much more than you think you’re capable of. “Everything was impossible until somebody did it.”
3) Surround yourself by passionate people.
People push each other forward, they can help you as you can help them. People inspire possibility. “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
For most people (myself included) this can’t be done overnight. Nor will it just happen to you, or happen ‘someday’. Someday is now. Start taking steps right now and see where they take you. Start with baby steps if that feels right, as long as you’re moving in the right direction.
Hint: a good first step would be signing up for the LYL Free Toolkit!