A version of this post originally appeared on Medium.
“Most men [and women] lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them” — Henry David Thoreau
What did it feel like to get out of bed this morning? If you’re like 80% of people that don’t like what they do, it probably sucked a whole lot.
When I met Scott Dinsmore, founder of Live Your Legend, a few years ago, he advised me to never accept the prognosis of an average life. He advised me to take a completely different approach to introductions.
When you first meet someone, never ask them “what do you do?” or “how much money do you make?” That stuff doesn’t really matter, he explained. Instead, try a completely different approach. You should really be asking them:
“What FIRES you up?”
His justification: “We aren’t living our potential if we aren’t adding our dreams, passions, and gifts to the world.”
Over the past few years, he coached thousands of people to live their lives adhering to the following mission statement:
To live each day making your unique dent in the world using your natural strengths, passions, and talents.
When I met Scott a few years ago, he sent me this follow-up right after:
So much fun man. I must have told at least a dozen people about our tea session — seeing your fire to have an impact fired me up! I love chats like that.And man I’ve been watching your talk. Amazing work. I can only imagine where I’d be if were on a stage like that at your age. Alright Kiyan, keep going after what matters. So excited to watch it unfold!
I also reached out to Scott after I received my first job offer out of college and he told me the following:
Follow the path that is most exciting and has most potential at the current moment. Do that and it’s pretty tough to go wrong in life. At first glance, it doesn’t seem like you have much to lose.Scott tragically passed away this weekend living his passion of traveling and giving back to the world. Though we are no longer blessed with his physical presence, his spirit is immortal.
Death is a rude awakening to reality:
You will never have anything handed to you in your life.
You never know when your time will come. Today’s the day to #LiveYourLegend.
Scott, you were one of the most inspiring, selfless people I met and were taken from all of us too soon. Your legacy lives on. Rest in peace.