The 15 Rules of OUR Revolution (Are You In or Are You Out?)

Written by Scott November 8, 2013

“This is totally awesome!”

– Ben Opiyo, our Live Your Legend LOCAL Host in Kisumu, Kenya, during their first monthly meetup on January 7th, 2014 – where 150 LYL meetups were hosted by 226 hosts, in 48 countries, all on the same day. Meetups have been held monthly every since.

Welcome to Live Your Legend!

I’m Scott Dinsmore, Chief Explorer around here. But let’s be clear on one thing – while I may have started this community, you are the ones who make it what it is. It is not mine, it’s OURS.

I see my mission as pretty simple: To Explore.

To explore the world, to explore ideas, to explore new ways of doing things, to explore myself, and to help others do the same – so we can better find and do the work that makes us come alive.

That comes from a lot of little (and sometimes big) experiments along the way, and a deep desire to have some type of an impact on the world around us. That’s why this community at Live Your Legend has come together. That’s why we’re all here. And if you’re stopping by for the first time, whether you realize it or not, I have a feeling you’re here for the same reasons.

At Live Your Legend we believe that doing work you love and making your unique impact is a fundamental human right.

You just have to be willing to do the work, make the discoveries and surround yourself with the people who make it possible. If we commit to doing that, the ‘impossible’ starts to become our new normal. That’s when everything begins to change.  

That is what this community is designed to do for its members – for YOU. For all of us.

So in case you’re wondering what we stand for around here, this is a breakdown of what we believe and how we live at Live Your Legend. If it resonates, I hope you’ll stick around. This is just the beginning…

How an Idea Begins to Change the World

In the last few months and years we’ve had tens of thousands of people join our movement. About 5,000 new folks join us every month!

We now have over 100,000 Living Legends (from every country in the world!) who make up our community here.

It’s hard for me to believe the momentum this has taken on.

We are actually being the change.

We are inspiring people to find and do the work that makes them come alive. And because of all you, it’s actually starting to make a difference.

So it’s time we made this official.

First off, every movement needs a name – as do its members.

A few months ago, we wrote a post titled From Message to Movement, where I asked you all to chime in to name our movement. After looking through countless comments, it became quite obvious.

Every day this community changes the world, and as of today, we have an official name for that change…

The Revolution: Defined as a forcible overthrow of a government or social order in favor of a new system. A dramatic and wide-reaching change in the way something works or is organized or in people’s ideas about it. Sounds about right for us!

The Living Legends: A member of our revolution – all of you. Someone who’s willing to step into the arena and fight the good fight. Who leads each day making your own mark on the world, no matter how big or small – using your unique strengths, talents and passions to help the people around you.

This might seem obvious to many, but it took hearing it from hundreds of you for it to finally feel like home. I just love the ring to it – don’t you?!

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It’s hard to believe – but with every day that goes by, the word “Revolution” seems to be more and more fitting.

You gotta watch this to get a feel for why we call this a Revolution…

Every community, movement and revolution has a set of rules & beliefs by which it stands.

We have very few rules here, but the fact that all of us have committed to embracing them is what has made it possible for us to lead this revolution in the first place. Given how much we’ve grown in the past weeks and months, I figured it’s about time we officially go over the ground rules that so many of us follow without even knowing.

**Today I’d like you to read over these and think for a minute if you can commit to living them to the best of your ability. If the answer is yes, then take five seconds and leave a comment below saying “I’m in!” 

The 15 Rules of OUR Revolution

#1. Once You’re In, You’re in for Life.

If you commit to being intentional about the impact you want to have on the world, you will always be welcome here. Living Your Legend is a way of life. This is your home and we have your back any way you need it.

#2. This is OUR Revolution.

This is not mine. This is not yours. It is all of ours. We all contribute and make the Revolution positive and possible. There is no guru. We are just a group of people passionately committed to making our mark on the world. It’s everyone’s responsibility to grow, share and spread the impact we’re creating.

#3. We Take Our Environment Very, Very Seriously. 

No one does anything alone. The people around you create who you are. If they inspire you, you’ll be inspired. If they depress you, you’ll be depressed. Those around you absolutely must dream as big or bigger and have as much passion or more than you do. There’s no time for those who don’t inspire and support doing the things that matter to you and the world. Get rid of the doubters, and don’t let the empowering ones leave your sight. You are the average of your surroundings. Choose wisely. Being here is a good start!

#4. Invest The Time & Energy to Know Who You Are – No Sleepwalking Allowed!

The better you know yourself, the more likely you are to do work that matters. Study your strengths, know your weaknesses, identify your values, define your success, learn the things that excite and terrify you. Live a life congruent with who you are. Become a self-expert.

#5. There Is No Failure.

The only way to fail is to never start in the first place. To let that idea die inside of you – to leave your song unsung. To never have the courage to dance. If you try, if you take your crack at making a difference, you have already succeeded. Some things will be a home run. Others will not. But everything is learning. And when we commit to taking action, it’s all a victory.

 #6. We Are All Experts. Embrace and Develop Your Knowledge.

Live your strengths. Every one of us is expert enough at something to help someone else in a unique way. Discover what that is and put it to work every day. We are all experts and we are all beginners. Constantly offer help and receive it.

#7. We Question Everything.

Always assume there’s another way. Don’t take things for granted just because everyone else does. That’s usually the best reason to stop listening (see the Mark Twain quote above). None of you are here for average. Ask why. Ask how. Ask why not.

#8. We Don’t Do Things For The Money.

Money will never motivate anyone long enough to handle the swings of pursuing an idea. Passion and the desire to make a difference will. Money is important, and we must remember that our talents, positioned the right way, can be very valuable to people. But money takes the backseat, passion and impact take the front. Rarely do people get rich because they pursued riches. They get rich because they focused their life on helping people and changing the world. Then the money starts to show up – and by then, it usually doesn’t matter anyway.

#9. We Measure Against Our Own Standards, Not Others.

All of us have different definitions of success and goals that likely have nothing to do with those around us. So stop comparing yourself to others. You are your own comparison. Define your success and own it.

#10. We Believe In Everything We Do.

If you don’t have a deep emotional reason for doing the work you do, you’ll likely never do what matters. Know your beliefs. Why do you care so much about the things you do? Nothing big happens without the right reasons. Does what you’re doing actually matter? If you can’t put your heart into it, then get yourself out of it.

#11. Our Life Is An Experiment

We constantly experiment with new people, jobs, projects and experiences. See what sticks. Without experiments, we’ll never learn anything. Without learning, we’ll get nowhere. Our life is a series of experiments – big and small. Make testing a way of life. Live outside of what’s comfortable, and never underestimate the importance of being a beginner.

#12. We Constantly Push Limits & Test What’s Possible.

We are capable of so much more than we give ourselves credit for. Most things are not as impossible as we think. The only way to find out is to try. This is as important with our bodies as it is with business and life. When we start to do things we didn’t used to think were possible, the newfound confidence transfers to all kind of other parts of life. If you just pushed yourself over the finish line of your first marathon (or 5k, for that matter) then why couldn’t you also find a way to double your business’s sales next year? Do your impossible. The fastest way to do the things you don’t think can be done, is to hang around people already doing them. Brainwash the impossible. Make it your new normal. See #3.

This explains why impossible2Possible is Live Your Legend’s official partner charity. Founded by ultra-running legend Ray Zahab, i2P’s mission is to inspire teens to push limits, both physically and mentally, by taking them on wild adventures around the world and sharing their experiences real-time with tens of thousands of students and classrooms. Once these kids realize the things people told them were impossible, are just milestones waiting to be hit, their worlds transform. 5% of all LYL’s sales go to i2P to inspire kids to do the impossible. Learn more about impossible2Possible here.

#13. We Learn by Doing. Taking Action is the Priority.

The only real way to learn is to experiment. None of this matters if you don’t get out and actually do something. The magic doesn’t happen in the learning. It happens in the action you take as a result. When in doubt, do something. Anything. You have to start.

#14. We Are All Leaders – We Are All Followers. We Dance Together.

A revolution without people is just an idea no one’s heard of. We have come together because we believe in the same vision for the world. We believe that work and a career are something meant to be embraced and enjoyed. We believe in having a unique impact. We are all the leaders of that movement. It is our responsibility to take on the role of the leader. We need to become revolutionaries. Maybe that means recruiting one friend or rallying your own army. Lead however you want to lead.

Derek Sivers, a fellow Living Legend and Expert in our Connect With Anyone course, puts it perfectly in his TED Talk on How to Start a Movement. A crazy dancing fool only becomes a movement when that second person decides to stand up and dance alongside him. Not as their follower, but as their equal. As an equal leader who shares the same vision and that same dream. That’s when the scales start to tip. This revolution, this party of ours, would be nothing without you dancing alongside us. Be that first follower. Be that leader. Be the revolution. And most importantly…

#15. Be The Change & Embrace the Live Your Legend Pump-Up Theme Song!

If I could sum up our revolution in a short phrase, I’d borrow from Mahatma Gandhi (as I often do): Be the change you want to see in the world. No matter your vision, you are where the change begins. All of us are where it starts. Live out what you want to see the world become. Inspire the people around you by doing the things that inspire you. And to have some fun with this, let’s take it a step further. There is no faster way to infuse inspiration and change your physical, mental and emotional state than through the right music. There’s a reason boxers enter the ring to a certain song and why good musicians are so powerful and highly paid. We need a song that unifies us. That servers as an anchor to remind us why we do what we do here, and a trigger to fire us up to make a difference.

I used to listen to Tupac before every Jiu-Jitsu match back when I competed. It was like gold. I have a whole list of pump-up songs on my Inspire Me mix on my iPhone, but there is one that gets played every day on my workouts and every time before I take the stage for a big talk. I probably listened to it 8 times before my TEDx Talk. It’s a song my wife used to play when she taught her yoga classes (Thanks for introducing this one to us, Chelsea!).

It’s called Be The Change by MC Yogi. It’s a short summary of Gandhi’s life, mission and impact on the world, spun into an inspiring rap of sorts. I believe it makes for the perfect rallying cry. Click the below YouTube video to give it a listen.

Oh, and for bonus points, let me know your favorite line in the comments!

Mine is…

If you follow your heart and act real bold, next time it’ll be your story that’s told.

When I listen to this song, I believe anything is possible. I hope you agree…

Don’t see a video? Click here.

And if one theme song wasn’t enough, here’s one more that permanently lives at the top of my Inspire Me mix next to Be The Change…

Beyoncé performed this at the United Nations on World Humanitarian Day on August 19, 2012. It’s called “I Was Here.” Whether you like her or not, don’t judge. Just pay attention to the message. 

One of my favorite lines…

When I leave this world, I’ll leave no regrets. Leave something to remember, so they won’t forget. I was here.

I hope it sheds some light on your own potential and that of this community. We are capable of so much more than we realize…

Don’t see the video? Click here.

You are what makes all of this possible.

A unifying set of rules, when followed, makes our impact as a community far greater than the sum of its parts.

They are what allow us to do the work that makes us come alive.

They are what make this community the family that it has become.

They are also what allow an idea to turn into The Revolution.

And for this Revolution to begin changing the world.

Welcome to the party.

Welcome to the family.

Welcome to OUR Revolution.

– Scott & the Live Your Legend Family

For the comments: If you agree and commit to staying true to these principles, please take five seconds to say “I’m in!” in the comments (or “Hell, yeah!” or whatever you find fitting…)

P.S. Recently Michael Paradise, one of our Living Legends, created our rules into a beautiful Live Your Legend Creed. You can view the full high-resolution poster by clicking the image below. As a Living Legend and member of this Revolution, this is our gift to you. You are free to do anything you want with it. Print it out and put it somewhere fun or share it with one person you know could embrace it!

The Creed of Living Legends

So, are you in or are you out? Tell us in the comments!

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