I’m drawn to write about something very important.
A friend of mine recently died.
He wasn’t a close friend. We briefly chatted at WDS, but I knew he was powerful the moment we chatted.
He had a honest confidence that I can’t put into complete words.
We talked at WDS (World Domination Summit) in Portland a few years ago. I asked him about his site and he asked me what I did. He listened intently. After a couple minutes his group took off and I stayed with mine.
That was the extent of your exchange.
His name was Scott Dinsmore of Live Your Legend.
I wanted to interview him for Work Happy Now, but I never did. This I will regret. Scott seized his moments as often as he could and it's a lesson I've learned from him. We have to grab every opportunity that life has to offer.
He was a passionate and purposeful person. He was a little over halfway through his around the world sabbatical when a terrible accident happened.
Loose rocks fell on him while he was hiking up Mount Kilimanjaro.
I hope he didn’t suffer.
His site has changed thousands of lives. He’s taught people to live a life of passion and purpose. To think of every choice as a chance to live a fuller life.
He’s grown his community all over the world. It’s his inspiration that has helped me understand my mission more clearly at Work Happy Now.
At first I focused on helping companies create a happier work environment, but the reality is that it’s personal for everyone. A company can’t make an employee happy. They can create a fun and inspiring work environment that encourages open feedback and ownership, but they can't make them happy.
I want to do a better job of focusing on helping people with growing their strengths, improving their focus, and living their purpose. The first one is where most people who are unhappy should start. Growing their strengths helps you create more leverage in your career. This starts at work and at home. A side project is a great way to build strengths and confidence.
I called the strengths, focus, and purpose all together, a superpower. I’ve gotten away from this because it’s tough for people to think of themselves as super when they don’t enjoy their careers. So I’ve focused on all three individually. Lately I've focused the most on purpose because it's this driving force that will encourage you to improve your focus and strengths.
You’ve probably noticed that my content has focused on helping people understand, so they can do work that they love.
I created the Happiness Map to help you understand the importance of utilizing how you feel at work and how to do more of the work you love to grow you career. This is the 3rd email people receive when they sign-up for the e-course.
Scott’s work was amazing. I love how he talked about living your legend. He knew that projects and tasks helps us add to our legend. From consistency to creativity, each person has their own purpose. Teachers who stay late to CEOs that start a happiness at work program to the solo entrepreneur.
I see Scott’s life and the risks he took. The community he built and to be honest I felt a little jealous, but over time this faded and I admired him. I admired his passion and willingness to take risks.
I know I need to take more risks. More risks with my writing. More risks with reaching out to make new friends. More risks to grow this community. More risks with partnering with people like Tim Brownson of Coach the Life Coach.
Scott’s death is a reminder to everyone. We only have this life right now. What we do with it matters. Scott lived 3 lives in the short time he was with us.
So my question to you is what could you do tomorrow to bring a little more passion to your life? Be creative and let us know in the comment section.
RIP Scott and I know you are someplace special.
P.S. I don't want you to quit your job tomorrow. I want you to build skills that will build your confidence and help you create more leverage to make the leap to the next thing that you truly want to do. Start with a small project and see where it takes you.
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