Author: Scott

draw you line in the sand make a change

“When you really want something to happen, the whole world conspires to help you achieve it.” ― Paulo Cohelo, from The Alchemist

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Today I pose a challenge.

This small act that might change everything. You see, without a deadline many of us are nothing. We think and think about the things we want to do, like the dreams we have and the changes we know we need to make. Yet nothing happens. They remain in our future. They eat away at us - the things we wish we could do, but never actually take the action to make a possibility. And we wonder why we're disappointed they haven't happened yet... You're probably thinking of one right now. But why do we wait? We wait for the perfect time - which never comes. We wait until we're ready or when the next step feels certain. Unfortunately, that never happens either. How perfect is the timing of becoming a new mother or smoking your last cigarette? That's what I thought. But then again, perhaps that means it was right all along. Yet sometimes the smallest shifts can get us to take action on the things that have held us up for a lifetime.

Small changes can change everything

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Growing A Community Around Your Own Cause...

We've been talking a lot about the power of community in the past few weeks - both our community at Live Your Legend as well as the fundamental importance of the people in your own town. To take that a step further, today I want to give some very specific tools for growing your own online community around a cause you believe in. And it comes in the form of a special treat for you all - an insider's look into the workings of LYL. Whether you're currently building a career around your passions and the impact you want to make, or you're working towards getting there, building an online community is a huge part of making it possible. After all, nothing at LYL would exist without you all. So to teach us all a few things, I want to introduce you to my friend Derek Halpern. His site, Social Triggers, is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs use proven psychological principles to grow their business and communities. And he's damn good at it. In under two years he grew Social Triggers from 0 followers to a community of over 100,000 fans.

Supportive friends make you live longer

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"The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself."

- Mark Caine

Today's post goes hand-in-hand with our online presentation on: How to Find & Meet Inspiring, Passionate & Supportive People In Your Hometown. You can see the recording here.

Onward...

Is Your Community Helping or Hurting You?

The goal of Live Your Legend is to provide the ideal environment and resources for making your impact on the world. Everything we do is to serve that purpose for you all. By now we should all know that the people around us shape who we are. They will either mold you to change the world or cause the world to collapse on your shoulders. In order to do anything meaningful - be it lose 50 pounds, run your first marathon, or do the work and make the impact only you are capable of making, you must have a support network that helps make it possible. So I want to challenge you to ask what may turn out to be some hard questions.

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"Do nothing but put a group of passionate, inspired, crazy people in a room together, and the world-changing will take care of itself. "

- The Live Your Legend Creed

The Power of Having the Right People in the Same Room...

Today is a big day for all of us. We are launching a free tool that we think will dramatically change the impact that our community and this revolution has on all of us (and the world). It's been in the works for months and we're damn excited! As of this morning, the Live Your Legend LIVE Event Field Kit is available to download. And it's 100% free to all our community members (you can download it at the end of this article - and the kit also includes a graphic poster of the Live Your Legend Creed which has never been published on Live Your Legend!). The Field Kit is a very comprehensive step-by-step guide to hosting your own Live Your Legend Local meetup anywhere in the world. But more importantly, it's a tool for dramatically transforming your surroundings. If you're interested in hosting or attending an event, please leave your city & country in the comments! Now let's talk about why we believe this project has so much damn potential to help us...

love your work to live a long life

"Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease." - Hippocrates

The Health Benefits of Loving What You Do.

I believe doing work you love will change the world. But a lot of people still spend their lives filled with stress, anxiety and despair about how they spend the majority of their working and waking hours. As many as 80% of the world lives this way (although I'd like to think our Revolution here is beginning to push that number down). Yet despite the constant pain and frustration, we find reasons to push off change one more day. One day turns into a year, which turns into forever. But as we're about to see, there are serious risks in putting off the change you know you so badly need to make. The biggest risk of all? Life. Yes, there is real scientific and medical proof that doing work you don't enjoy will actually shorten your lifespan.

"If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." - Sir Isaac Newton

Learning from Masters

TED is one of my favorite organizations on the planet. What their 2- to 18-minute-long talks and videos have done for the distribution of ideas, disruptive thinking and creativity is something I'll never fully be able to get my head around. I credit TED videos for much of the inspiration and ideas that have come to life through Live Your Legend - and just about everything else I do. They've helped me launch businesses, run ultra marathons, connect with world-changers and even kept me from having a breakdown from time to time... Aside from ideas and inspiration, I believe a good TED Talk is one of the fastest ways to start surrounding yourself with passionate world-class experts. That is priceless. I often watch at least a few videos a week and always have some saved on my iPad or iPhone for bus rides to the office, flight delays, whatever. The list below was very hard to make, as I've seen hundreds of talks and so many deserve our attention. So please look at this list as merely a starting point. Every one of the below videos have had a profound effect on my career and approach to the world - and for our purposes today I've only chosen the ones that cover the various steps of making the transition to doing work you love. Why more people aren't taking advantage of this stuff will forever baffle me. If TED hasn't been a part of your daily life before now, I hope that one of the people below will cause that to change. These are some of the best story tellers in the world (a skill that one is never done mastering). Pick one for now and follow up with the rest throughout the week. Enjoy the show... and share your own favorite talk in the comments so we can keep learning!

The experimenters manifesto

"Life is nothing more than a series of experiments. Test and share you ideas. Give them a chance to have an impact, and an impact you'll have."

Important Note & Warning: This is a special post — a manifesto and guide on experimentation & learning. It's in-depth and it's important. The whole thing will take you about 15 minutes to read and another 15 minutes to implement. I believe it will dramatically transform your career potential. That's exactly what it did for me. If you must, you can scan over the first part. But the next 9 steps are vital. I spent a lot of time making this as directly useful as possible. Please do something with it. I meant to write it a year ago. It's about time ...

Stacking the Deck in Your Favor & The Power of Feedback Loops

Just under seven years ago, I discovered a tool that completely transformed my career and ability to impact the world. It became the vehicle that allowed me to have the impact, lifestyle and experiences that I only used to encounter in the occasional book, movie or dream. And it took me four years to realize I'd found it. Without it, Live Your Legend wouldn't have a chance at existing.

Focus is the key to the world

"Focus is the key to the world."

- William A. Dinsmore III (my dad)

Admitting Defeat to Allow Victory...

I have a confession to make. For the last few months I've been working on launching a top-secret project that I think could help this community in a totally new and fun way. I've briefly mentioned it in the past, and many of you have showed serious enthusiasm - which further fueled my distraction, I mean excitement... This is also what I was referring to in my interview with John Lusk on Difficult Decisions last week - so figured it's about time we make it public. To recap, here's the first item from my 2013 goals post:
"Launch a real-time fully-exposed case study on how to take a physical product from idea, to market testing, to manufacturing and to selling — all by using today’s online tools. This is going to be our biggest project EVER, and we are going to take you along for every step of the ride. Keep an ear out for the launch of the new site to track this project as well as what the physical product will actually be. I could not sleep this weekend because I was so excited for it."
Since then, my partner Nic and I have invested a few thousand dollars in branding, design, setting up web sites, and even hired an architectural designer to create high-end CAD drawings so we can manufacture our first physical product prototype.

What's the top-secret product you ask??

the money or your life

“Choices are the hinges of destiny.” – Pythagoras

Today I'm going to share a true story with you that you couldn't make up if you tried. But first a little background...

The Money or Your Life?

It's the age old question. And the crazy thing is, you used to actually have to make that choice. Today it's a little different. John Lusk is perfect proof. In 1997 John started at Wharton Business School, one of the most prestigious finance schools in the country. On his first day, he and five friends swore to each other they'd become entrepreneurs instead of the typical investment bankers and consultants that their school was known for producing. Easier said than done... When John graduated in 1999, it was the heart and height of the dot-com blow out. His friends were becoming paper multi-millionaires right and left, and banks were offering $1 million signing bonuses to keep up.