One Powerful Lesson I Learned from Scott Dinsmore that Changed Everything

On Sunday night I learned that my friend, mentor, and founder of Live Your Legend; Scott Dinsmore tragically died climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. He and his wife were in the midst of making their travel dream come true with an epic world tour.

I’ve shared about Scott before, but with this death I reflected all last night on the amazing impact he made in my life and in those of others.

Here are some of the amazing things he accomplished in 32 years:

  • Delivered one of the most watched TED talk’s of all time “How to Find and Do Work You Love”. It’s been watched over 2.8 million times on youtube.
  • Grew a world changing community from 10 to 100,000 in just a few years based on the idea of finding and doing the work you love.
  • Led a worldwide movement of 150+ Live Your Legend communities, one of which I started in Charleston, SC.
  • Inspired hundreds of blogs through this “Start-a-Blog” Challenge.

His work and friendship inspired me to go beyond what I actually thought I could ever accomplish. He frequently talked about “brainwashing the impossible” and once I teamed up with him and my other friends from Live Your Legend that’s exactly what happened.

I got to know Scott over a couple years at the World Domination Summit, and he provided incredibly valuable feedback for my book, The Quit Alternative: The Blueprint for Creating the Job You Love…Without Quitting.

I even shared a guest post regarding the book on Live Your Legend almost a year ago today “How to Live Your Legend without Quitting Your Day Job”.

A Powerful Lesson from Scott

While there were many, I thought I would share with you one powerful lesson I learned from Scott that’s made a huge difference for me.

“Environment is absolutely everything. The fastest way to change your outcome is to change your surroundings.”

He loved to quote Jim Rohn, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” He had a knack for working this reminder into most of his work and It’s become a powerful mantra for me as well.

He believed in this idea so much that he led a movement to create 150+ positive Live Your Legend communities around the world.

I’ve taken this to heart and sought out mentorship and created my own inspiring supportive community both offline and online.   Indeed, it’s made all the difference in both my personal and professional life.

So I invite you today to consider your environment and your supportive relationships…

  1. Identify one person who is doing the kind of work that inspires you both inside and outside your organization.
  2. What’s one small action you can take to nurture a relationship with that person?
    • Consider sharing a supportive email, article, idea, or maybe it’s just introducing yourself.
    • Offer to help them on a project. Ask for nothing in return.
    • Send them a helpful book and highlight a few passages you found beneficial.
    • Invite them to a conversation over coffee or tea.
  3. Take action in making that first connection today.

To Living Your Personal Legend,
Ben

PS: Here’s one of my favorite posts from Scott, The 31 Habits of the World’s Best Connectors.

12 Comments

  • Ursula Jorch

    Reply Reply September 14, 2015

    Great post, Ben – I know you felt pretty connected with Scott, so I’m sending a hug for your loss. Wonderful tribute, and help to us in thinking about who is around us and what that means.

    • benfanning

      Reply Reply September 15, 2015

      Thanks, Ursula. Glad you’re here

  • Faye Riley

    Reply Reply September 15, 2015

    Hi Ben,
    This is a great post that reflects Scott’s spirit and moves us all forward into action.

    • benfanning

      Reply Reply September 15, 2015

      Thank you, Faye.

  • David

    Reply Reply September 15, 2015

    Thanks for this, Ben. I never met, Scott, but was an avid follower and was absolutely inspired by him. This post has me thinking how I can be more of the type of person Scott wanted to see in the world, connect with more of those people, and make the absolute most of the few moments we are here together.

    • benfanning

      Reply Reply September 15, 2015

      You’re welcome, David. Here, here to that

  • Ben

    Reply Reply September 15, 2015

    Thanks for the post, Ben. I sit here at work devastated at hearing the news but I know his work and spirit will live on.

    • benfanning

      Reply Reply September 15, 2015

      Yes, Ben. We are part of it too.

  • Chris Sankey

    Reply Reply September 15, 2015

    Ben,

    The news is sad and my condolences. He helped so many of us who never met him.
    The life Scott created and lived was Worth the Work. We should all be so inclined.

  • Linda Ingoglia

    Reply Reply September 16, 2015

    Scott inspired me in so many ways!!! I just read about this and am so incredibly saddened by his loss. It was through Scott that I met you. Thank you for your post, we all share your grief. Scott’s message, “Environment is absolutely everything” is exactly what I needed to hear today. I know his work and his message will live on.

  • Juan Barberis

    Reply Reply September 17, 2015

    Thanks for your post, Ben. Scott inspired and challenged many. Learned about him while living in Sydney and he had a positive influence on several leaders there who now continue to inspire and challenge others. His spirit lives on! : )

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