Announcing The Live Your Legend ‘Unofficial’ Music Video!

The Live Your Legend Music Video

Believe it or not, Live Your Legend has a music video…

And it’s not the one of me pathetically trying to break dance (which, unfortunately, you can find on YouTube - in the interest of focus, I’m not linking to it. :)

But yes, we actually have a music video. In fact, we have a lot of them – dozens from cities and countries all over the world.

So today, I want to show off your work.

When we first launched Live Your Legend LOCAL, our in-person communities around the world, I threw down a 30-second dance contest challenge asking each group to film their own dance that embodied what it meant to do work that mattered, and to surround themselves with like-minded, inspiring (and kinda crazy) people. I promised the winner that we’d feature their group’s video and any related projects on LYL to share with all of you.

I shouldn’t have been surprised when the videos started to roll in, but I was.

From Australia to Dubai and everywhere in between, the show of vulnerability, creativity, passion – and dare I say talent – left me in awe. I expected some funny videos, but I did not expect music videos, trains and choreography. I should have known better!

It’s been a little while since our January 7th global meetup, and hundreds of groups have met since then, which is incredible. I thank you for your patience. We quickly realized choosing a winner was impossible, so instead we tried to base our choice on “most creative”, which left us with two standouts…

The winners of our 30-second dance contest are Ben Walker from Brisbane, Australia and Linda Buchner from Kansas City, Missouri!

Filming a video is not easy. Nor is dancing in front of strangers. Then try filming a dance video with people you just met in a bright room with little or no alcohol – for the world to see – and suddenly you’re on a totally different level.

We talk a lot about how authenticity and vulnerability are at the heart of genuine connection - both with those around you and those observing (i.e. your audience). That’s what I’ve loved most about seeing our communities around the world do their thing. Ben and Linda are star examples.

As for the other submissions, have no fear - we’ll be showing off your rhythm when we debut our LYL Local video montage at the World Domination Summit LYL pre-party and beer tasting we’re hosting in Portland on July 11th. Our first 150 spots filled up, but I just released a few more, so if you’re anywhere near Portland (you don’t have to be attending WDS), come join us for my favorite LYL and Connect With Anyone reunion of the year! 

For now, let’s focus the well-deserved spotlight on Ben and Linda’s dance moves and passion projects as we get ready for the fun to come. Press play, then spend a little time with their work to see how you can help further the cause – because as we know, no one does anything alone…

Dance Party #1: Live Your Legend LOCAL Brisbane, Australia – Hosted by Ben Walker

Email readers, click here to watch video

Now here’s a little about what Ben’s working on, in his own words…

Inspire Cafe: An Entrepreneur’s Hideout & Coworking Cafe Built in the Office of an Accounting Firm!?

Ben WalkerA few months into starting an accounting firm in the complete opposite direction to the industry’s norm, I wanted to create something really radical! What we came up with was a cafe at the centre of our accounting firm, which also acts as a coworking space and entrepreneur hideout for the business community.

Fitting with my vision of connecting and equipping entrepreneurs to grow, Inspire Cafe took form. Now we’re hosting a massive range of events, from meeting room and boardroom rentals to book launches of local authors, networking events for local business groups and LYL Local!

We’re a totally gluten free and organic cafe too – we know allergies, and don’t like it when people feel left out. We created Inspire Cafe just to be that hideout, where you know other entrepreneurs are in the same boat all together.

Our ideal accounting clients are entrepreneurs and business owners in creative industries and professional services, so the fit is perfect. And since launching in February of 2013, we’ve grown by over 10x!

How you can help: 

If you’re ever floating through Brisbane and looking for a place to relax with your laptop, hook up to Wi-Fi and punch out a blog post or a few hours of work on the road, be sure to drop in!

Also, we’ve recently written a free guide to help entrepreneurs and business owners understand and manage their cash flow. You can download it on our homepage. Hope it’s helpful!

Learn more about our coworking space here: Inspire Cafe

Fun fact about Ben: My fiancé reckons that I do a really good impression of a goat!!

You can join Ben’s LYL Local Brisbane group here

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Dance Party #2: Live Your Legend LOCAL Kansas City, Missouri – Hosted by Linda Buchner

Email readers, click here to watch video

Now check out what Linda’s working on, in her own words…

At-Risk High School Students Build Efficient Electric Vehicles and Take Them on the Road Showing America that the Next Generation of Innovators Are Where We’d Least Likely Look

LindaFour years ago, I co-founded MINDDRIVE, an after school program for at-risk high school students. Our model, which includes heavy involvement of volunteer mentors from all walks of life, involves approaching education from a hands-on, experiential way.

We encourage creativity, innovation, problem solving, teamwork and collaboration through projects specifically related to the environment. Our primary projects have been the design, restoration, and conversion of gas-powered cars to being fully electric.

To date, we’ve converted 2 Indy Champ cars, one Lotus Esprit and 5 vintage Volkswagon Karmann Ghias. To prove their efficiency and celebrate their success, we take the students on an annual trip where they share their story with their peers and the general public as we travel places they’ve never dreamed of going!

How you can help:

We’ve seen the impact that can happen when adults get involved in the education of the children of their community. It’s huge! Especially with the at-risk, lower income, minority communities where role models may not be prevalent, a strong voice of encouragement goes a long way.

So come join our Raise Your Hand Movement by signing up on our “Click to be Counted” campaign. We want to create a community of like-minded people who believe that together we can move the needle in education.

Learn more here: MINDDRIVE

Fun fact about Linda:

I used to be afraid of most inner city high school kids. I don’t have any kids of my own so I felt like a fish out of water – who am I to start such a program?! Seeing the lights come on in the eyes of these kids has changed my life and my heart!

You can join Linda’s LYL Local Kansas City group here

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When aligned, crazy people come together, interesting things start to happen.

That is something I’ve come to know as a certainty.

Yet I’m still in awe every single time it happens.

That’s the beauty of what our community of Living Legends here has become. Most of the people dancing in those videos had never met. They didn’t know who’d be in that room when they showed up to their first LYL Local event.

But they did know one thing – that they’d be entering a room of unmet friends.

They knew they’d be coming from the same place. They understood that they shared the belief about the difference that can be made if we’re intentional – and we decide to hang around the other people who believe and prove it’s possible.

That is when things start to get fun.

And those are just two videos. Linda and Ben are just two stories.

There’s plenty more where those came from. That’s what I love so damn much about this community.

The living and sharing of stories paves the way for more of the same.

I can’t wait to be a part of it with so many of you in Portland in a few weeks (grab your LYL ticket here).

And for the rest of you, come join a Live Your Legend LOCAL event near you (or become a host and start your own!).

Thanks for showing up the way you do.

That’s where everything starts.

Happy dancing,

- Scott

For the comments: Show a little love to Ben and Linda for dancing the talk! Give some support and tell ‘em what you thought of their moves!

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The Trust & Give Method for Doing Authentic Business: Lessons from the Greeks

Yiannis giving some love in Paros

I travel for a lot of reasons.

My favorite reason is not knowing. Not knowing the people, stories or ideas that might come, but being certain of one thing – that I’ll be surprised.

The last three weeks I spent exploring Greece didn’t disappoint.

It was as if every local we met was running off the same unspoken rule – to trust and give.

And since it happens to be the same rule we talked about last week, today I thought I’d share a few personal experiences from our travels to give you a feel for how refreshing it is to be on the receiving end of things.

Imagine if the rest of the world showed up the way these people do…

Lessons on Trust, Generosity and Connecting – Greek Style

Yiannis, the owner of the cafe below our apartment in Paros, offered to give us the local’s tour of the island during his day off – even though he works full-time by day and runs his bar six nights a week, often closing after 2am. (His boat-themed bar was by far the coolest we saw all trip. It’s a must if you’re ever in Paroikia town). The guys’s smile is contagious – see above picture.

A fisherman had just come out of the water with a haul of fresh octopus and sea urchin. I asked a few questions and took some photos as he cleaned his catch. “You like seafood?” he proudly asked, as he handed me the freshest whole sea urchin I’ll surely ever try.

When George, the baker down the street, couldn’t make change for the 20 Euro bill we used to pay for our breakfast, he just gave us the bag of warm pastries and told us to come back and pay some other time.

George also introduced us to Cameron, a U.S. expat and local art teacher, who offered to take us on some of his favorite undiscovered hiking trails around the island and invited us to his art show the following night. When we saw him at the art show, he continued the hospitality by inviting us over to his house in the countryside for dinner.

The cashier at a small corner market saw us examining a large jug of colorless liquid behind the counter. Without asking, he poured us each large shots of his homemade raki (aka Greek firewater). Then we all toasted over the cash register. The stuff wasn’t even for sale. And it was barely noon. Unsolicited free booze offers were more frequent than you’d think.

One morning, we realized we were a day off in our apartment booking, causing us to have to move out in 15 minutes instead of the next day. Penelope, the mother of the apartment owner, gave no more than two seconds of thought before demanding, “You must stay in my guest house tonight, free of charge. I insist. We have to fix this. You must have a home.” The energy in her voice made me think she was happy for the mishap. Almost as if she’d just been waiting for a reason to extend an invite.

We told the owner of a wine bar in Crete that we’d just be having a glass of wine, but not any food. His response: “Well then, I’ll bring you some fruits on the house.”

Simos, the owner of our apartment in Hania, picked us up from our delayed bus arrival at midnight. During the drive home, he told us about the physics exam he had at 8am the next morning. Then he finished our apartment tour by giving us one of his cell phones for “whatever you might need during your stay.” He texted us each day to see how he could help.

On a morning walk towards the old harbor in Hania, Chelsea and I poked into a taverna, curious to know about the sign out front that read “vegan and vegetarian biofood.” Within 30 seconds of our questioning, a gray-haired old man slightly resembling Santa Claus (but even more jolly) pulled us into his kitchen to give us a proper answer. Stelios then dipped a wooden spoon into every warm pot and dish he had prepared that morning, giving us enough samples to easily cover a hearty meal. After a short private lecture on cooking with love (instead of recipes), he sent us on our way, never pushing for us to sit down and order.

Later that afternoon, we came back for lunch. When the bill came, we found out they didn’t take credit cards and we were all out of cash. Stelios didn’t even pause. He just smiled and said to come back to pay before we left town. We returned three more times. (His food was like nothing we’d tasted all trip - Stachi is a must if you’re ever in Hania, Crete.)

After buying a few bowls from a family’s pottery shop, the father told us to go pick out one more piece, as his gift to us. It wasn’t part of some deal or sales pitch. We had already made our purchase and hadn’t asked for anything special. He just figured, why not?

Near the end of a late dinner around 1am, our waiter introduced us to a Greek man who had lived in California for two years. He spent the next 20 minutes drawing us napkin maps of the town and island and explaining his favorite restaurants and beaches, mentioning multiple times how it was best to explore the island by car. That’s right about when he said we were welcome to borrow his ride anytime during our stay. He wrote down his email and cell and took off.

Chelsea and I joked about his offer, knowing he couldn’t be serious (who would ever lend their car to two foreigners he met at a late-night restaurant/night club??) … until we ran into him again the next day, and he reminded us that his free rental car offer still stood.

And this is just a taste. I could go on and on.

No drink was served without some free food to go with it. Every dinner was followed by dessert and nightcaps – all on the house. They didn’t even try to upsell us.

Every day someone surprised us with the kind of trust, generosity and hospitality that I’m used to experiencing as the exception, not the rule.

They weren’t doing it to sell us. In many cases, there was no transaction involved at all. There was no mention of money, and when we insisted on compensation, some even seemed to take offense.

For them it was as if they couldn’t help but share a little bit of who they were. Their pride and confidence in the value they had to offer led them to consistently and excitedly offer whatever help and experiences they could provide.

And this is exactly what last week’s post on connecting through giving and helping was all about. I’d never seen so many real examples in one place until I started hanging around some new Greek friends.

That’s what was so surprising.

It’s refreshing to spend time with someone living this way. The trust creates trust. The generosity makes me want to give.

And of course, it made me like them. It made me want to be around them. It made me want to support their cause and tell others about their work.

It also made me want to live a bit more in the same way.

And that’s what keeps me traveling.

-Scott

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