Live Your Legend – a Tribute to Scott Dinsmore

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The other day I mentioned Scott Dinsmore in a post. Back in 2012, Scott delivered what has turned out to be one of the most popular Ted talks of all time, “How to Find Work You Love“.

In the video, Scott talks about the company he started, “Live Your Legend”, which has as its mission to help people “to live each day making your unique dent in the world, using your natural strengths, passions, and talents.”

Prior to starting Live Your Legend, Scott had been running a blog site called Reading For Your Success. He wrote personal development book reviews for four years straight, while it grew by exactly zero percent. The only real people paying attention were Chelsea and his mom and dad. Dinsmore notes that it was very frustrating, but it allowed him to find his voice.

And find it he did.

Live Your Legend now has over 100,000 members from every country in the world who use its career and connection tools on a monthly basis, and there are free monthly Live Your Legend Local meetup groups in over 150 cities in 48 countries.

In a post he wrote about his background, Scott points out the eight beliefs that drive most of his actions. One of them was:

Exploring and getting out on adventures adds clarity to most of life’s confusions.

Such a belief helps explain why he and his wife decided to spend all of 2015 traveling the world to host Live Your Legend Local dinner parties and visit as many local communities as possible.

On his blog post of September 4, 2015 documenting his trip, Scott wrote the following:

For the next two weeks I’m taking my first digital sabbatical (in five years!) as I head to Tanzania to attempt to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, track the Great Wildebeest Migration and do some volunteer work at a local school and orphanage. 

On September 15, the following was posted to his web site:

It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we write to let you know that the incredible Scott Dinsmore has sadly passed away after being hit by falling rocks while nearing the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. He was traveling with his wife, Chelsea, who is uninjured and has safely returned to the United States.

His father said that, “he lived more in his short 33 years than most do in a lifetime.”

According to his wife Chelsea, “Scott always said, ‘I want to live a life of no regrets,’ and he did. He left us in one of the most beautiful places either of us have ever been, he was so happy he was disconnected from everything other than nature and me. It’s a tragic loss.”

Scott was the epitome of someone who walked the talk, who lived his legend. He talked about living life with passion, of finding what you were meant to do, and then he went out and set the example for all his followers.

I wish I had found out about Scott and his work earlier, but it looks like his life has become a legend, and that his work and his ideas will continue on.

And for that I am grateful, and I look forward to learning his lessons.

 

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Jim Borden

Accounting Prof. at Villanova; happily married for 30+ years; father of 3 outstanding young men; vegan; interests: fitness, creativity, education, blogging, social media.

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