Scott Dinsmore: How to find work you love
Scott Dinsmore - Writer, traveler
Scott Dinsmore founded Live Your Legend, a career and connection platform to inspire people to find their passion. Full bio
what this would feel like.
I got the worst career advice of my life.
you like the work you're doing now.
from living in Spain for a while,
I thought, "This is fantastic.
big impact on the world."
And within about two months,
I had this strange urge
through the monitor of my computer.
that all the competitors in our space
this sage advice to build up my resume.
to jump out of and change things up,
from Warren Buffett, and he said,
is the same as saving up sex for old age."
and that was all I needed.
and I left with one intention:
That's how tough it was.
It didn't matter what it was.
that I wasn't alone:
of the people around
that Deloitte has done with their studies.
what is it that sets these people apart,
the other 80 percent
doing this inspiring work,
on purpose and career and all this,
really for the selfish reason of --
that I couldn't not do,
more and more people started to ask me,
Can we sit down for lunch?"
But I would have to warn them,
my quit rate was also 80 percent.
80 percent would quit their job
that I had any special magic.
one simple question.
the work that you're doing?"
told me I'm supposed to."
people around us
that someone tells them to climb,
against the wrong wall,
these people and saw this problem,
create a community,
could feel like they belonged
to do things differently,
where that was encouraged,
what I now call Live Your Legend,
I noticed a framework
world-changers have in common,
or if you're just, you know,
the bakery down the street.
that embodies who you are.
so we can use them as a lens
and hopefully the rest of our life.
passionate work framework
and understanding yourself,
what you're looking for,
is going to do this for us.
on passion and purpose and career.
a required double major,
picking out a dorm room TV set
and your area of study.
it's on us to figure that out,
we need a way to navigate through this.
finding out what our unique strengths are.
loving to do no matter what,
the things that people thank us for?
is a book and also an online tool.
what it is that you're naturally good at.
or our hierarchy for making decisions?
our family, health,
all this stuff?
to make these decisions,
to some cause we don't give a shit about.
We learn things every day, every minute
what we're terrible at.
paying attention to that
it's all for nothing.
every month of every year
just reflecting on what went right,
and what do I want to repeat,
as you see people, especially today,
things where you say
I want to be like him."
Open up a journal.
that inspires you.
everything about their life,
this repository of things
and have a more passionate existence
to put these things together,
what success actually means to us,
of the compass, it's impossible.
we have that scripted life
going up this ladder to nowhere.
if anybody saw that,
the big Wall Street banker CEO,
Everyone's got a number,
they'll leave it all."
of most of the people
understanding what matters for them,
that doesn't mean anything to us,
said we're supposed to.
the things that make us come alive.
could come and hit you in the face,
you might throw it away
a way of identifying it.
that's congruent with my strengths,
I'm going to do something with it,
and try to make an impact with it.
and the movement we've built
this compass to identify,
and make a difference with."
we're never going to find it,
this framework, this compass,
and that's not me up there --
and pushing our limits.
why people don't do things.
they can't do them,
tell them they can't do them.
or we never start in the first place.
until somebody did it.
every new thing in the world,
it was a physical impossibility
in a foot race
16 people broke the four-minute mile.
that we think are impossible
waiting to be accomplished
your physical body and fitness
because we can control that.
you can run a mile or two,
or whatever it is,
into the rest of your world.
of this a little bit with my friends.
We go on physical adventures,
in a kind of precarious spot.
that same fear
Jaws 1, 2, 3 and 4 like six times
I can already feel it right now.
it's fresh water, totally unfounded fear,
I find myself on this tugboat
and people are getting sick on the boat,
and I'm looking out the window
I'm about to swim to my death.
across the Golden Gate.
might have done that before.
who had talked me into it,
and he could see the state I was in.
what's the worst that could happen?
You're not going to sink.
just hop on one of the 20 kayaks.
why are they going to pick you
So thanks, that helps.
just have fun with this. Good luck."
and I felt this total feeling of calm,
Jonathan was 13 years old.
the ages of nine and 13.
your world differently
you could swim a mile and a half
from Alcatraz to San Francisco.
What would you have tried?
I get to Aquatic Park,
are already finished,
and they're all excited.
if anyone's ever swam in the Bay,
and I'm watching people finish.
something didn't look right.
before he slams his head back down.
were watching too,
the same thing I was:
swim from Alcatraz.
run up and grab him,
and they're dragging him like this,
they walk a few more feet
insane show of victory I've ever seen.
and the energy on this guy
in his wheelchair.
going to be in 20 years?
do that, that he would die if tried that?
you prove yourself wrong,
little incremental pushes
the fastest marathoner in the world,
to accomplish those,
with passionate people.
you don't think can be done
with people already doing them.
you spend the most time with."
in the history of the world
to where you want to be
to put in your corner.
and it's a proven fact.
with a bunch of cyclists,
around the track in a group,
in the group would cycle faster.
in all kinds of walks of life since then,
and environment is everything.
because it can go both ways.
who don't like the work they do,
not in this room, but everywhere else,
from pursuing the things that matter to us
they poured their heart and soul into,
so badly want to call it a business,
and it doesn't make a dime?
to build this Live Your Legend movement
cared about and that inspired them,
three people paying attention,
my mother, father and my wife, Chelsea.
it grew at zero percent for four years,
to meet some pretty interesting people
lifestyles of adventure,
and helped people in a meaningful way.
now, he has a family of eight,
writes for twice a week.
in Europe, all of them together.
How does this even exist?
by seeing this,
I decided, let's take it seriously.
to spend my time,
trying to hound these guys,
and workouts, whatever it was.
of hanging around these people,
grew by 10 times.
it grew by 160 times.
from 158 countries
on a monthly basis.
that community of passionate folks
that I dreamed of
and this is why --
I knew nobody in this space,
that people could do this stuff,
and everyone around me was doing it.
from how could I possibly do this
that switch goes on in your head,
your standards go from here to here.
You just need to change your surroundings.
being around this whole group of people,
on the way to work, whatever it is.
that inspires possibility.
to spend together and plenty more.
in terms of these three pillars,
more than anything else.
you can't learn about yourself.
you can't push your limits
and push that.
surround yourself with inspiring people
who bring you down.
or getting in a car accident.
if we decide to do something about it.
on a widespread level.
reported for the first time
had quit their jobs
but it's happened three months straight.
it's kind of a tough environment,
to this scripted life,
say you're supposed to do,
and do the things that inspire them.
are waking up to this possibility,
possibility now is imagination.
what passion, what hobby.
someone who is killing it knitting,
to learn from the folks speaking,
on Live Your Legend every day,
are doing the extraordinary,
or Steve Jobs, doing something crazy.
that matters to you,
that only you can make.
he was a recovering lawyer,
something that mattered to him,
that I absolutely live by.
then they laugh at you,
until somebody did it.
who tell you it can't be done
who inspire possibility,
to show the world
can become that new normal.
to do the things that inspire them.
and make those discoveries.
of people love the work they do.
How would you treat the people around you?
I have just one question to ask you guys,
question that matters.
you can't not do?
but for everybody around you,
to change the world.
About the speaker:Scott Dinsmore - Writer, traveler
Scott Dinsmore founded Live Your Legend, a career and connection platform to inspire people to find their passion.
Why you should listen
Entrepreneur Scott Dinsmore left life at a Fortune 500 company to help others do work that they love. After researching what thousands of employees truly wanted out of life, he founded the organization Live Your Legend. As the Chief Experimenter, he not only supplied practical career tools but connected more than 100,000 people worldwide to encourage each other's dreams -- putting community at the center of success. Dinsmore died in September 2015 while on a year-long trek around the world. His legacy will live on through his passion, dedication and strong community of dreamers and doers.
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