Author: Scott

Dress for Success

“Change is the essence of life. Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become.”

-Mahatma Gandhi

Written by: Scott Dinsmore

Average Read Time: 5 minutes

I've always believed that if you want to do something, you have to act like you deserve it. Show the world that you are ready. We hear this all the time when people talk about dressing for the job you want, not for the one you already have. The clothes you wear are obviously only the beginning (and can surely make a big difference). But even more importantly is how we dress our minds- the attitude and beliefs we must adopt if we are looking to do something on an entirely new level. Act like the person you want to be, represent them in your mind and actions, and soon that's who you'll become. The same goes for your business and relationships. That time has come for Reading For Your Success.

The End of Regret

“As you grow older, you'll find the only things you regret are the things you didn't do.”

-Zachary Scott

Written by: Scott Dinsmore

Average Read Time: 3.5 minutes

Have you ever experienced that burning feeling of regret? When you know you did something that crossed the line? I know I have. It only took once or twice to realize how much the feeling tore me up inside. And now I do absolutely everything I can to avoid actions that might lead to regrets later. But actions are not the only thing that cause regrets. Inactions can be just as big of a contributor. And they can be a bit sneaky since they don't involve actually doing anything. There are two types of things one can regret:

Don't Wait!

"Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle."

-Abraham Lincoln

Written by: Scott Dinsmore

Average Read Time: 4 minutes

Words are incredibly powerful. There are some that empower us to do our very best and others that can leave us feeling helpless. Through my own and others' experiences I have found one to be more dangerous than any other. On that when used once can give you relief, but when used routinely can leave you with the deepest feeling of despair.

This most dangerous word is: Later.

The scary thing is that it seems so harmless at first. There are all kinds of justifications to put things off until tomorrow. A lot of them can feel pretty valid. And even worse, we seem to use this word most for the things that are of greatest importance to us.

Get the Life You Love

"Be the change you want to see in the world."

-Mahatma Gandhi

Written by: Scott Dinsmore

Average Read Time: 6 minutes

Editor's Note: This is a book review for Arvind Devalia's book Get the Life You Love and Live It

We all have dreams. Maybe get that perfect job. Start that business. Meet the right person. Lose 20 pounds. Find your purpose. Whatever your own vision of success is, the only thing that usually stands between your dreams and reality is action. It starts with that first single step to climb a mountain. Why then is it so hard to begin? We get so used to just one way of doing things that getting ourselves to take that first key step requires some massive effort. It isn't enough to know the end result. We need to fill in the steps in between. Just as it's difficult to drive somewhere without directions, it's even more important that you have a map to your success. Arvind Devalia provides just that in his book "Get the Life You Love".

Attempt the Impossible

"So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable."


-Christopher Reeve

Written by: Scott Dinsmore

Average Reading Time: 5.5 minutes

Three weeks ago I thought that running a barefoot 50k Ultra Marathon at 7500 ft. of elevation would be impossible. So did a few others. Three days ago I found out it wasn't. In just a sliver under 8 hours and 24 minutes, after over 31 miles, I wobbled across the finish line of the Tahoe Rim Trail, barefoot-style (In my Vibram's). Up until Saturday I'd never run over 15 miles, let alone a marathon, especially at elevation. I heard all kinds of objections (both from myself and others). But you haven't even run a marathon. Those barefoot things you call shoes will never give you the support you need. That elevation gain is too much for a first long run. And on it went. So why did I decide to give it a shot? Because it seemed impossible.

Top 10 Blogs to Inspire Action

"You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club."

-Jack London

Written by: Scott Dinsmore

Average Reading Time: 5 minutes

As we go through life, it's easy to get caught up in the status quo. You start to believe that average is acceptable and that since others are settling, then it's ok to do the same. As soon as you notice this start to happen, something must be done to snap out of it! I've found a few blogs that do this especially well. They guide me to live a more purposeful life while encouraging me to do it on my terms. There is no substitute for people who have done it. Below are my top 10 blogs both as personal development resources and thought changers. They make us question our actions. Are they really most inline with who we are? If I look back on my life in 50 years will I be proud of how I'm directing my energy and unique strengths? These blogs will make you think. A lot of these people are hardly 30 years old and some are barely 20. They're living proof that it's possible to do what you love and to share it with others.

Accepting Others

"Acceptance is such an important commodity, some have called it the first law of personal growth."

-Peter McWilliams

Written by: Scott Dinsmore

Average Reading Time: 3.5 minutes

When was the last time your were frustrated by someone around you? Maybe they're always late, can't seem to follow through, missed another deadline, or perhaps you just don't see eye to eye. It doesn't make a difference what it is. The possibilities are endless and we all have a long list. By nature we expect life to just be the way we want it to be. When it's not, we don't like it. Many of us choose to carry this frustration around day to day. We quickly forget that it is indeed a choice to feel this way.