Change the world

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”

-Mark Twain

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Now let’s get into today’s action:

In case you haven’t noticed yet, I believe in taking the road less traveled. I believe it will always make all the difference. It certainly has so far…

Last week we heard from 57 Living Legends who were spending their time putting their unique dent in the world. But how did they get there? What do they do differently than the rest of the world?

Their stories blew my mind but the habits and beliefs that got them there are where the real magic is.

In a word they simply do things differently.

Over nearly the past decade, I’ve made a deep study of the tenets that guide their actions. Those same beliefs now guide all of mine. Over the coming months we will examine, test and experience them in deep detail. For now let’s start with the road map. If we are going to change the world by doing work we love, then the below are requirements.

I call them a way of life.

These are our guiding principles – an Operating Manifesto of sorts.

They make up the foundation of Live Your Legend. They’re the beliefs that guide every Living Legend I’ve met.

Make them your own and watch what happens.

Note: This is meant to be a reference piece going forward. With almost every habit below I’ve included links to an article or two I’ve written on the subject. I hope you’ll spend some serious time with this. I want you to fully understand our foundation for why we do what we do here. Enjoy.

The 17 Habits of People Who Change the World (aka The Live Your Legend Operating Manifesto)

1. Try new things. 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. Consider your life a series of experiments- big and small. Always be testing. Live outside your comfort zone and don’t underestimate the importance of being a beginner.

2. Measure against your 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 to others. It’s almost surely apples to oranges and you’ll either feel overly confident or overly disappointed. Either way it’s less than useful. You are your own comparison. Define your success and own it.

3. Know who you are. The better you know yourself the more likely you are to do work that matters. Simple as that. Study your strengths, know your weaknesses, identify your values, define your success, learn the things that excite and those that terrify you. Take all the tests and evaluations you can find. Begin to live a life congruent with your values, strengths and purpose and you’ll never look back. But do things for the wrong reasons and there’ll be nothing but disappointment. Kind of like how business school killed the entrepreneur. No sleepwalking allowed!

4. Learn from those around you. Every interaction is a chance to either learn what fires you up or what makes you want to put a wet finger in a light socket. Knowing one is just as crucial as knowing the other. Embrace your surroundings. Observe closely.

5. Realize you’re already free. Freedom doesn’t come from huge financial achievement or the ability to live in some little hut over a Tahitian lagoon. Go out and survey the average guy rolling in cash and I bet you’ll find them to feel a lot less free than you think. Freedom in it’s purest form is the ability to choose the way we interpret what happens to us. We can either see life’s occurrences, good or bad, as reasons to pursue what matters or excuses to sit on our ass. The choice is yours. All the freedom you’ll ever need is already here. Start acting like it.

6. 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 Mark Twain quote at top). None of you are here for average. If you do what everyone else does, that’s all you’ll get. Constantly ask how else could things be done. Ask why.

7. Believe in what you 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.

8. Constantly seek adventure and explore. Nothing adds more clarity to most of life’s confusions than seeing new things. Get out and explore foreign worlds. Spending too much time in one environment makes us feel like that’s the only way. I assure you it’s not. Notice how different cultures do things differently.

Some of my most defining moments have come from the top of a camel in the Sahara Desert, attempting to run a business in Spain, ordering lunch in a mountain town in Oman, navigating a rental car up the coast of Croatia with my wife or discovering Patagonia with a fly rod. Whether it’s seeing a town across the world or across your state, adventure has to be a priority. Your mind will never be the same.

seek adventure

9. Be authentic. The world is run off personal connections. No one wants to connect with someone who’s fake. Know who you are and aren’t and be open with those around you. People’s B.S. meters are much too high for anything else. Make genuine connections. Be vulnerable and begin creating rapport with anyone.

10. Be a constant learner. Commit to going to bed each day at least slightly wiser than when you woke up. The results will add up. Learn like crazy. Read books, take courses, work with experts, do it all. Do nothing but this and I guarantee you’ll do work that lights you on fire.

11. Pick your surroundings wisely. This is the holy grail. 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 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. Rule #1: Surround yourself with passionate people. Nothing is more powerful.

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

– Jim Rohn

12. Focus on the process, not the outcome. Stop worrying about getting there. You never will anyway. All the fun is along the trail next to you. It’s impossible to enjoy it if you’re dazed by the blurry horizon that never actually gets any closer. Embrace persistence. Learn to love the process and everything becomes epic.

13. Welcome change. How else are you going to get to where you want to be? Change is going to happen no matter what, so you might as well get used to it. Adopt these beliefs and you can be sure the change to come is for the better.

14. Model excellence. For just about every goal someone has, there is likely at least a handfull of people who’ve already done it. Don’t reinvent the wheel if you don’t have to. Find the people who live the life you want to live. The one’s who’ve experienced the dreams you’ve always had.

Warren Buffett is my model for my investment business, Leo Babauta is my blogging guru, Tim Ferriss keeps lifestyle design close in mind and my family reminds me of what I want to build with my wife.

Find models for everything. Take note of the good and the bad. Adopt the former and drop the latter. With the right model’s you can do anything.

15. 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 physically as it is with business. When we start to do things we didn’t used to think were possible, the new found 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?

My most powerful experience with this was when I gave a shot at my first barefoot ultra-marathon last year. If something seems impossible to you, find those who have done it, learn from them and try it. You’ll start to impress yourself. Then watch out. Go on and do something impossible.

16. Take notes. Life is not meant to be passive. Keep a file, notebook, journal or blog of all you learn and experience along the way. The things that fire you up, the things that scare you, the lessons, the people, the huge dreams you have, all of it. The more we can get things out of our head the more likely we can make them reality. Have a weekly or daily routine. Record all you can.

17. Act on what you learn.

None of the above matters if you don’t get out and actually do something with it. It’s not just about finishing a book, reading a blog post or having a chat with a wild new person. The magic doesn’t happen in the learning. It happens in the action you take as a result.

Learning is an important step, but it’s still just the first one. Everything we do at Live Your Legend comes back to this. When in doubt, do something. Anything. You have to start.

Habits define outcomes.

These are the habits that separate the legends from the rest of the world. Practice these daily. Make them routine. They are the foundation of what’s to come.

Get them right and the outcomes will start to blow your mind.

There is no more later. It’s time to get rolling.

Now your turn – Give us your thoughts…

I may publish the content here but you all make this community what it is. I take comments very seriously, respond to all of them and often include your ideas in future articles. Please share at least a sentence and add to the community. It goes a long way.

What beliefs do you live by? What do you need help with? Leave it in the comments. I’m here to help however I can. 

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104 Responses to “The 17 Habits of People Who Change the World (aka The Live Your Legend Operating Manifesto)”

  1. I have lived by your manifesto and have never looked back. To the outside observer, my choices may have seemed reckless and impulsive, but they have each been made with great inner deliberation and consideration. The difference, is that I have taken action. The most important lesson that I had to learn on a different level and put into action this year, has been to let go of the negative and doubtful people in my life. Some have been long-time friends, but I realized I was wasting valuable time and energy defending my choices with them or trying to convince them I know exactly what I’m doing. When they couldn’t just accept and support me, I was sad to have to let them go–but, I did, and am ultimately the more successful, happy, and free for it. It has allowed positive, helpful, encouraging people into my life that I otherwise would never had had the time to even see. Love the manifesto. I’m currently revamping my two sites–www.AdventuresInJumping.com, which chronicles my leap of faith out of a miserable work environment and advises others how to do the same; and http://www.10MinuteParenting.com, which is my love and passion for helping families create stronger, healthier, positive relationships with their children.

    Keep up your great work!

    Maria

    • Scott says:

      I genuinely believe who you surround yourself with is the most important one to get right Maria. Sounds like you nailed it! Everything starts with that foundation. Love the sound of your two projects too. I actually toyed with the name Jump Training when thinking of what my new site would be — it all comes down to having the courage to take that step, that small leap. Can’t wait to see what comes of both your sites!

    • bhushan says:

      Excellent way to follow good habits in life to live live different way.
      Good habits follow good personality and excellent life
      Bhushan

  2. Bookmarking this in my reader, Scott. This will make a terrific reference. Congrats on the launch, and the new format. The site looks great.

    • Scott says:

      Awesome Joe. I bet you’ve seen a lot of this stuff one way or another but I think it makes a great refresher if nothing else. Glad you like the new digs!

  3. What a great list! I’m bookmarking this page too so I can come back to it often.

    I’ve found that the hardest part for me is taking the action, so I love the line “The magic doesn’t happen in the learning. It happens in the action you take as a result.” I love to learn – to absorb everything around me from a variety of fields. I just have to keep in mind to be sure to apply what I’m learning.

    Thanks for an awesome post and blog!

    • Scott says:

      Right on Carol. Glad you stopped by. There’s a reason why taking action was the final point. It’s so easy for all of us personal development crazed folks to get stuck on the easy stuff–opening books and paying for seminars. At the beginning of this year I actually had a resolution to ‘read less’ believe it or not. So that I could do more…

  4. Kurt Swann says:

    Scott!

    Each item resonated . . . nice summary! Noticed that sometimes life experiences hit several items on your list at the same time. For example, after reading about Joel and all the people who went skydiving at WDS, I started taking lessons. Yesterday on the 6th jump, I did a back flip (not pretty) but . . . #1 Try New Things? Definitely. #8 New Adventure? That too. Also, # 10, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17. For me the more habits I use at one time, the more the memorable the experience is.

    Kurt

    • Scott says:

      Agreed. Stack as many habits as you can. The more powerful they’ll become and more likely they are to stick! Combine intense emotions with each and you are really rolling. Congrats on the Jump Training you’ve been doing. Sounds pretty bad ass. Nice work on that back flip too!

  5. Rorey Risdon says:

    The last one, “Act on what you learn” is the most important to me right now. I also think that it is important to “say yes” anytime something comes up. You might end up having experiences you would have never imagined. Thanks1

    • Scott says:

      The experiences that have happened as a result of the things I almost didn’t do (because I thought I was too busy, too tired, or some other weak excuse) have blown my mind. Could not agree more!

  6. Scott Fox says:

    Hi Scott,

    Great compilation.

    There are 2 surprising things to me about this wisdom:

    1. So little of it is taught in schools. In fact, much of school seems to emphasize the opposite of this good advice.

    2. Like so many good ideas many of these insights are obvious. But that’s only if you can shake off convention to look at life and its opportunities objectively. (See #1 for why that’s harder than it should be.)

    Keep blogging my friend, great stuff!

    • Scott says:

      You nailed it Scott. It’s scary how true it is that very little of this gets taught in schools. In fact that they teach against it. School no doubt has an incredible place in one’s life but don’t for a second think that it’s the full life education you need. It’s just the beginning. It’s on each of us to get the education on ourself and life that’s really necessary for epic living. Good thing there are so many awesome (and usually free) resources on the web for that. I plan to write a lot on free and creative education in the months to come.

      It’s all about shaking off that convention!

  7. FANTASTIC text! Congratulations Scott!!

    Cheers from Brazil ;)

  8. J says:

    I disagree with the sentiments of #11. The people around you can only create you if you let them, and I think “shape” is more appropriate than “create”.

    “If they depress you, you’ll be depressed” is a detrimental conclusion to reach. If you operate from within instead of from without, it won’t matter who or what you’re surrounded by. That’s what you should aim for: independence from surroundings. If you allow your surroundings to dictate your feelings (or simply affect them too much), then good luck the day you’re thrown in a detention camp and surrounded by people who will no doubt depress you.

    Secondly, some people may have nothing to offer and, though you might not think they could do anything for you, you must consider what you could do for them. Perhaps you could be the one to inspire them and bring a light to their life, even if they dim your flame a little. However, like I said above, if your flame is unaffected by others, then it wouldn’t be a problem and you could reach out to those people who could use a bit of light.

    Basically, I’d say 1) Create yourself* to become environment-proof, and 2) See what you can give if you can’t find anything to take (/compassion).

    What are your thoughts?

    P.s. I feel that “stop worrying about getting there. you never will.” (#12) kind of contradicts #7’s “believe in what you do”. I think that you really have to believe with your whole being that whatever you believe in is possible. Never say never.

    • Scott says:

      Great points J. “if your flame is unaffected by others, then it wouldn’t be a problem and you could reach out to those people who could use a bit of light.” –this is really well said. And that comes back to the comparison point as well. My biggest point with surrounding yourself with the right people is even if you don’t ‘need’ their energy, the inspiration and possibility that can come as a result can be unreal and unimaginable. Not to mention, everyone could use an extra dose of passion!

      As for the folks that you could help much more than they could help you, this is a fantastic opportunity to find what they have to offer that you don’t. You definitely want to bring people up as high as you can by using your unique strengths but it’s also important to remember that everyone has something inside them that can help others. A lot of folks just don’t know what it is yet. So maybe instead of avoiding something who seems to drain energy, you could first understand who they are and what they could offer to the world. Obviously a big project but so worth it if you get it right!

      btw, you can deeply believe in what you do and still not be focused on getting there. For example, you want to change the world by making people live healthier, then working with folks one on one each day, speaking or writing or whatever is huge success along the journey even though you may or may not convert the whole world.

      Belief and journey are one in the same. If you can’t find a deep deep reason for doing something, you’ll likely never enjoy the path you’re on, let alone the destination. It’s like a pro surfer buddy of mine, Shaun Tomson, once told me: Excellent surfers don’t just love riding waves, they learn to love the paddle, because that’s all you’re doing 99% of the time anyway.

      May we all learn to love the paddle of life!

  9. Kris de Leon says:

    Hi Scott,

    Thank you so much for this article, which has really helped me move forward with my project. I’m planning to do something similar to what you’re doing, which is interviewing people around the world with their inspirational stories. So I’m already following point number 14 by following what you’re already doing :) I sent you a FB request, so let me know if you’d like to connect. Looking forward to learning more about what you do.

    Kris

    • Scott says:

      Awesome Kris. Good to have you side by side on the journey. Happy to help as I can. Will get to those FB requests soon. Been a whirlwind since the launch!

  10. John Beadle says:

    There are too many good things to comment on, I’ll only pick a few.

    I missed your post on Croatia, glad you linked the article. It’s amazing how much of your daily routine you can overlook. Traveling really is the best way to find a new perspective.

    I really like your method of modeling behavior. I think that there is a big psychological barrier to action and success (BJ Fogg helped me understand this, google him if you haven’t already heard of him). Adopting good habits is a great way to outline your goals and get over that hump. I am a huge fan of automation, especially when it comes to health, finance, and setting goals (which I’ve also modeled from Tim Ferriss and Ramit Sethi).

    Another interesting thought- I heard somewhere that jealousy is a great way to determine your own passions. Didn’t think much of it until I realized it actually works. If you’re jealous of a friend who works in a movie studio, try taking a class on film. It’s kind of a bizarre idea but I’ve found it’s a great way to explore and find things you care about.

    Thanks for the post Scott.

    John

    • Scott says:

      Awesome point about Jealousy John! I just wrote it down to include in the passion book I’m writing. Thanks for that!

      Modeling is ridiculously powerful and I’m so glad to hear you’re already doing plenty of it. I hear you on automation too. Tim’s my model for that I am definitely planning to do more of that and outsourcing soon!

  11. Hugh says:

    Great list, Scott! While I try to work on all of these, either consciously or subconsciously, I need to make a better effort at improving upon all of these in my life on a consistent basis. For that reason, I’m hitting the print button right now and keeping this in my personal development folder.

    Also, love the re-brand and launch of LYL!

    • Scott says:

      Love to hear it Hugh! Better yet, pin this baby on the wall. Those folders can be tough to remember to open ;). Thanks for the huge support!

  12. Wade Arave says:

    Scott,

    This is great. I’m working through some similar articles on my my website, a bit of a different approach but similar content. I’d love some feedback if you get a chance.

  13. Bob Holmes says:

    Seriously, Some of the best writing is being done right now. I’m inspired to seriously up my game.
    Thanks Scott!

    • Scott says:

      Yeahhhh!!!! Now we’re talking Bob. Glad you’re loving reading it as much as I’m loving experiencing and then writing it. Great to have you on the adventure!

  14. Paula says:

    I enjoyed reading your list and plan to spend some time reflecting on the additional sources you suggested with each point. In future posts, I would enjoy reading more about your ultramarathon adventures. I have pushed myself to do a 50K two times now, but I can’t seem to find the desire or time to focus on doing more. I’d be interested in reading how you relate to these adventures in your life. Thanks again for the great site and content!

  15. Ilinca says:

    Hi Scott!

    Thank you for this inspirational post! I’ve also explored many of the other articles you suggested – they’re simply great!

    In this post, I especially liked the points Nr. 5 (about freedom), Nr. 8 (about adventure) and Nr. 9 (about authenticity).

    I’ve subscribed to your site last week, and this post was the first thing I read in the morning. It’s a wonderful way to start a new day! :)

    Thanks again!
    Ilinca

  16. @cdstern says:

    Scott. I appreciate number 17 the most. Life starts shining when that can be done. If I may, I would emphasize the practice of throwing ourselves into the present moment. We are at our best when our thoughts, passion, breathing, and physiology are completely aligned with our current task. This is a moment to moment challenge.

    • Scott says:

      So true. Presence is huge and really a prerequisite for so much of this stuff. My wife is a yoga teacher and constantly reminds of the importance of being right here. Great point!

  17. Executive X says:

    Thanks for the article, Scott. A belief I live by is not being afraid to make mistakes. When you are afraid to make mistakes you miss out on all the powerful learning that takes place by starting.

    • Scott says:

      I LOVE that one! It goes hand in hand with a lot of the above. Rarely are the consequences of getting it wrong as bad as you think and the rewards are often mountains bigger!

      Here’s to making more mistakes!

  18. I especially appreciate the reminder about being ‘free’ already.

    Sometimes I think we’ll have more freedom when we…________. But your statement reminded me that we already have all the freedom we need (and a lot ‘more’ than most people).

    Thanks again.

    • Scott says:

      The thing is you never actually “get there”. We hope for things in the future but if those feels aren’t hear now, they likely never will be. Have you ever been in your future anyway?

      Freedom is a feeling, an emotion, more than anything. That can be experienced in a moment’s time.

  19. John Kennedy says:

    Cool website. Friend of mine posted this link on FB and I’m glad I checked it out. Glad to know that there are other people out there living like its their job.

  20. This year I’m starting to live by the saying “Be the change you want to see in the world”. It’s not always easy but it’s definitely changing my life for the better. I feel like I’m near the start of a very long journey but at least I’m actually on the road now. The blog posts that you write are always very interesting and get me thinking. I try to use some of your advice to help me along the journey as well. Thanks :)

  21. Matij says:

    Hey Scott,
    I just wanted to thank you for pouring so much love and passion in this site, you certainly are a model of how to do the things we love.
    Your blog, along with some other blogs and books, inspired me to make a change and to start leaving for my own passion.
    I will certainly share and recommend your blog and work to my friends and family. :)
    Thank you for your commitment, and I am honored to be a part of this “revolution” thats happening. :)

    • Scott says:

      It’s an honor to hear that and I love to have you a part of it Matji! Thanks for spreading the good work and for joining the cause. Lot’s of fun to come!

  22. Greg Garbinsky says:

    Scott,
    Please read “Free Lunch” by David Cay Johnston and tell me if you still feel so positively about Warren Buffett and the scrupulous coddling the super-rich and corporations get from the government. He has long-term interest free loans (28 years plus) from the government, fights hard and lobbies to secure these perks, and then still charges high rates to the customers of his utility companies in Iowa and elsewhere. I hope you don’t see that as a role model for investment worth following.

    Would be interested in hearing your feedback.

    G

    • Scott says:

      Good to hear you chime in Greg. I have not read Free Lunch but I will put it on my list. Thanks. I have done a ton of digging and learning about Warren–enough to know I would never want to be him. But none the less he is the best model out there for conservative savvy long term business ownership. The key to modeling is realizing what was required to get the person where they are and how much of that you are willing to make a part of your life. I recognize that I am not emulating him exactly and that’s because there are other things more important to me that great financial returns–such as my family, those close to me, my experiences and balance, and helping people do work they love of course. I am ok giving up a little on the financial side to be sure I keep first things first.

      And also, a lot of why he gets those awesome terms on loans, businesses for sale and all else is because he and Berkshire have earned that privileged over the decades. I think it’s well warranted given the support he is able to give various institutions when they desperately need it and there is no one else above water to help. From what I can see Warren has played his hand quite well and has done his best to use it for overall good. But one thing’s for sure, no one is perfect ;)

  23. Eric says:

    good cup of coffee, scrambled eggs and LYL. it’s a good sunday morning scott.

  24. Now THIS is a post with clarity and direction, chock full of wisdom and guidance.

    In my evolution, adventure and exploration, instead of formal education, were key. Anytime I could, I hopped an airplane to see as much of the world as I could, and even now, I’m recipient of the continual dot-connecting that’s resulted. http://offpeaklife.wordpress.com/2011/08/07/darwin-is-dead/ is just one example of how my time abroad (China, in this story) expanded my awareness and contributed to my sucess as a human being.

    Thank you for helping to introduce, inform, and inspire the community we all participate in! Bravo!

  25. Wow — a late congrats on the wedding! Loved the video. Keep killin it Scott!

  26. You hooked me in as soon as I read the “road less traveled.” My first blog was (is) called “an oft traveled road.” Seeing the ordinary as extraordinary and living each moment you can awake, aware and appreciating the wonders that surround us all what keeps me going.

    Step out and step out boldly!

    • Scott says:

      It truly does make all the difference doesn’t it Kimberly? I have that poem hanging on my wall. It’s a big time guiding light.

  27. Daniella says:

    Hi Scott!

    Thank you for this awesome post. My boyfriend showed it to me and we’re connecting so much due to this way of thinking and being.

    I’ve been taking Landmark Education and your post parallels everything we’ve been learning. The seminar’s intention I am currently taking is to “leave you authentically generating a world where anything is possible.” It’s amazing what opens up once you fully accept this.

    I am also blessed to be in a career I truly love. I’ve always followed my heart/passions and it’s always led me to something far greater than I ever expected.

    Thank you again and I can’t wait to read your next post!
    Daniella

    P.S. Jim Rohn is amazing! :)

    • Scott says:

      Huge thanks to your boyfriend for introducing you to the action over here and welcome to the party!! I’ve heard great things about Landmark but have yet to dive in. Soon I hope. Congrats on doing what matters!

  28. Ayaz says:

    Scott, awesome post.

    The amazing thing is much of what you’ve mentioned has been taught to me and to many by Islam. Just to mention two examples:

    1)”The people around you create who you are. If they inspire you, you’ll be inspired. If they depress you, you’ll be depressed”.

    There’s a famous saying by Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him which may interest you regarding this:

    A good friend and a bad friend are like a perfume-seller and a blacksmith: The perfume-seller might give you some perfume as a gift, or you might buy some from him, or at least you might smell its fragrance. As for the blacksmith, he might singe your clothes, and at the very least you will breathe in the fumes of the furnace.

    2) Be a constant learner.

    We have a Prophetic Tradition in which Muhammad(peace be upon him) said: “Whoever seeks a way to acquire knowledge Allah (God) will make easy his way to Paradise.”

    And then great traditional Islamic Scholars like Imam Ahmad have said: “We will accompany the inkpot until our death.”

    I’ve read a bit of your “liveyourlegend” blog and really Muhammad (peace be upon him) was such a Legend! I really recommend Martin Ling’s book called “Muhammad” and also why the historian Micheal Hart put Muhammad (peace be upon him) as number 1 in his famous book: The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History!

    I thought you’d find this interesting!

    Keep up the good content.

    Warmest regards
    Ayaz.

  29. 1) Purify the mind
    2) Strengthen the body
    3) Be a force of good in the world

  30. baidu678 says:

    Thank You for this post. Just found it on google and i have to say that i;m really really surprised Thanks again and cheers dude!

  31. Nora says:

    Great post! I think another really important factor in living a life of passion is appreciating what you have through gratitude and giving thanks. What you focus on grows!

  32. Deepti P says:

    Hi Scott,

    Thanks for the awesome post. Loved the one on vulnerability and also love all you quotes..could just start a blog on quotes from your blog. Ha ha ha.

    I have always wanted to work and earn from anywhere and felt that blogging is the right thing to do..but dont have the courage of action.

    Action and implementation have been my weaknesses. If you could elaborate more on these aspects it will be great.

    Wishing u a great year ahead.

    Deepti

  33. Ali says:

    I think Greed is the only Habit that has changed this world!

  34. Kaka XVII says:

    Hi Scott,

    Thanks for the post. I’ve been trying to overhaul my life as of the moment and I am in between jobs. Can you recommend any inspiring books or literature on management or leadership?

    It’s quite awesome how I just recently decided I want to do something similar to what you are doing. I started reading self-help books and watching videos of Tony Robbins. And then I stumbled upon you in Tedtalks. Thanks for all the free tools!

    I really, truly believe that 2013 is my year. :)

    Kaka

  35. Karen H. says:

    Oh wow, you’re real, Scott! :D Thanks for replying. I saw that video about a week ago and I took down notes from the video that struck me. Also, I’m attending a Permaculture seminar right now and it’s an amazing thing. Have you heard of that? If you haven’t (and I know your schedule must be crazy but please) try looking into that. It’s about having a paradigm shift from a degenerative life to regenerative living and designing principles based on Mother Nature’s patterns. :)

    Again, thanks for replying and great job! I really admire your work! :)

  36. One of my favorite articles. So inspiring!

  37. suzanne says:

    Hi Scott,

    There has been a slow revolution in my thinking over the past 4 months about what a life well-lived means for me. And just today, I have taken the mental leap of courage, long overdue, to take the steps I need to free myself of the fear that has kept me shackled for ages to a job that leaves me bereft. Only today I have stumbled onto this article and your Tedtalks as well as Leo Babauta…and finally that last stubborn, rusty cog of resistance in my brain has been oiled. I believe that I have no choice now but to get moving and to act! No more excuses! No more believing my own BS or anyone else’s! Time to start my own legend.

    Awesome work, thank you, Suzanne

  38. I would add a number 18. Get Obsessed. All the points are very valid but those who achieve ‘out of the box’ success tend to be obsessed by an idea or the idea of achieving something.
    It’s a word that scares some people but unless you are all consumed by the thing you want to do, it’s unlikely to happen. Of course, you have to balance this obsession with living a happy, loving life but I definitely detect this quality in many outstanding achievers.

  39. Nancy Hesby says:

    I just hand wrote a copy of this and put it in a college graduation card. Very inpsirational!

    I copied the main points and put it in a notebook for myself last year. One item that resonated with me was “Where am I playing small in my life right now?” I am a 48 year old, who recently got back into alpine ski racing. I was qualified for the National Championships. I was going to stay home, since it involved a lot of time and money to go to the race. However, I heard your words in my head, decided to play it big, and came home with the gold! Thank you!

  40. Erica says:

    I am 18 years old, college bound, and I still am unsure about what my passions are, though I know my interests.
    If you do not know what you want to do, where do you start? I kind of already feel as if I am lagging behind.
    I want a secure job, but all of my interests are pointing me otherwise. Like missionary work or music, or journalism.

    My talents and interests do not seem like ones that would give people a reason to respect what I do, to look at me as a practical person.

    The anxiety is building up.

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  42. Robert Chenault says:

    I grateful to discover this community. I imagine that I am talking to Anthony Robbins and Richard Carlson and Les Brown in the mornings. These days, they basically tell me to stop bsing….I’m struggling. I have these imaginary talks to help me take action, to make a move….”make it happen,” as my close friends call it. Anthony Robbins puts it like this….”massive action.” Belief without action is dead. I just butchered a Bible quote. The KJV says, “Faith without works is dead.

    My 2nd comment. There are so many people in this world….so many….like 7 billion. We regenerate, a hundred years ago (or so) all new people, a different set of billions. I was working with homeless people and I discovered that several of the homeless people were brilliant….freaking brilliant. Like this cat Scott (thanks man…you are doing a good work, keep pimp game strong) I see that we have something special on the inside. The special stuff on the inside can be used for good or evil. Take a look at the hitman on trial.

    My last comment, sure to be deleted or edited….we Americans are born with an invisible silver spoon in our mouths. This silver spoon holds many of us back. We are wealthy and we don’t know it. We are greedy and it holds us back. Coming to terms with this will make a difference in our lives.

    I’m off my high horse and once again grate to find this community and Scioto (Scott)

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  46. Ade says:

    Thanks for sharing – I love all the points. I really believe in the fact that there is always another and maybe better way to do something! Your are blessed Scott.

  47. Mac Murray says:

    Couple things:

    First: the “manifesto” resonates big time and is very affirming to me and presumably to others who are keenly aware they are marching to the beat of a different drummer.

    Second: I was amazed and encouraged how many of the 17 tenets my life and character already embody.

    Third: My glaring Achilles heel is “11. Pick your surroundings wisely.” I have in fact been aware of this tenet for decades so it’s all the more humbling to own up that this is my weakest area. I almost instinctively avoid everyone who gives me negative vibes relative to my design, however I haven’t been as keenly aware that I have no like minded individuals in my immediate sphere of influence anymore. Perhaps as an attempt to compensate for this, my mentors and positive fellowship are almost entirely with authors and great thinkers (some of whom have been dead for centuries!). Despite that being a fabulous source of inspiration and an anchor for my soul, I have to accept the brutal fact that I’m profoundly lonely.

    Unfortunately the only person in my sphere of influence right now who thinks the closest to the 17 Manifesto points is my boss at the job I’m desperately trying to ditch! hahaha Ah well, he’s a great guy and a good friend. It’s more a matter of my design and passion dictate I follow my heart elsewhere.

    Speaking of “experiments”, I guess my joining this community is indeed an experiment–an experiment to see if the communal experience here will help me move the needle on pursuing my dreams.

    We’ll see! Thank you for your efforts.

    All the best.

    Mac

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    Cheers,
    greg

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  50. Alinka says:

    Hi Scott,

    I love this post! I’ve never verbalized it so eloquently but this is my manifesto, too! I dropped my corporate job 3 years ago, went on a wild trip around the world, found the love of my life, became a writer, wife and mother. It is incredible to see what happens when you think like Mark Twain :)

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    –Much love from Ella from the Philippines :D

    • Chris says:

      I’m here because I need a change to save my life. I’ve worked at the same company for 15 years, financial services. It was never what I wanted to do, but I had children very young and it was the best way to provide stable support to my family. I don’t have a college degree but I’m very good at what I do. I am on my second marriage, my kids are from my first. One is already in college. The other is 12. They split time between their mother and me. I have since remarried and feel like I’m starting to live the life I need to, but the work is driving me insane. I’ve always felt like a bad father thinking about doing something that pays less or takes me out of state. Now I realize that I can be a better father if I’m living the way I’m supposed to. I’m looking forward to the journey

  53. Kyle B says:

    I really liked “Be Authentic” and “Model Excellence.” People who change the world are always true to the core about their beliefs and actions.

    Great article Scott!

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  58. Mark Ruiz says:

    The principles you know and intend to live by often are created and judged by those around your which often influences what time of action you take. For most, No Action is Taken. There comes a time in your life when enough is enough and for me, it’s that time.

    Thanks for everything

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