Career & Purpose

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."

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-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.

Embrace Your Freedom

Written by: Scott Dinsmore

Average Reading Time: 1.5 minutes

"The last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way." -Dr. Viktor E Frankl
How often have you stopped to think about how free you are? In the U.S., today is the day we've decided to celebrate our freedom. But with all the BBQ, beer, fireworks and fun, it's all too easy to forget the importance of such a word. While today may be a subtle reminder for some of us, we must embrace and cherish our freedom every day. It's all around us. And it's so easy to take for granted. Today and everyday forward, I encourage you to embrace what we have at our fingertips. Make the below a part of your everyday life and allow yourself to live freely.

Overcoming Phone Phobia: Making More Contact Written by: Scott Dinsmore

Average Reading Time: 3.5 minutes

Have you ever been scared to approach someone? Maybe a prospect or even an interesting looking man or woman? We all have. Even if it's only an email we need to write, let alone a phone call or an in-person approach, we often put off contacting new and important people until the last minute possible, if ever. I call this Phone Phobia: The fear of making contact. But it doesn't stop at the phone. Phone Phobia covers any type of contact whether it's phone, email, snail mail or face to face. Why does this happen? We know deep down what needs to be done yet we often don't do it. We are intimidated, scared, insecure or simply lacking confidence. All for what? To avoid the ever-powerful...Rejection. That one word causes more stress and anxiety than most any other. As humans we crave acceptance and any thoughts or actions that could lead to the opposite are avoided like the plague. But what's the worst that can happen? Maybe you'll gain a little experience in handling an objection. Who couldn't use a little practice there? And that's if they turn you down. If you get a yes, then suddenly the world's at your fingertips. But how do we gain the confidence necessary to approach the people and prospects who are so potentially important to our futures? I have found an answer in two words: Making Contact. Here's the rule of thumb: The longer you wait between contact with a person, the more intimidating it is to make future contact.

Written by: Scott Dinsmore

Average Reading Time: 3.5 minutes

"Life is just a quick succession of busy nothings." -Jane Austen

Do you remember the last time you asked someone how work was? How about life in general? What was their response? What did you say the last time you were asked those questions? I bet I know. It's the same thing almost everyone I talk to says, and something I've been keeping track of the past few weeks. The unanimous answer: "busy" The response is almost programmed. No need to even think. And then they look at me proudly, as if I should be impressed. Well, I can't say that I am. I must admit that "busy" has been my response for years. But how did we all of a sudden find ourselves in a society where busy was the most acceptable way to be spending our time?

Average Reading Time: 9 minutes

Have you ever come across someone who knew exactly what they want out of life? Anything they say, they mean, and will quickly act on. They seem confident, eager, excited and downright passionate. You can just feel the energy. What impression did that put upon you? Chances are you were experiencing the power of congruency. Tony Robbins first brought this term to my attention in his Unleash the Power Within 4-day seminar as well as most of his CD's, talks and books. Tony is about as congruent as they come. But what does that mean? This was not the same math term I learned in high school and to be honest, it's a way of life that is difficult to define. The best way is to experience it. But let me give it a try. The general definition of congruence is: identical in form; in agreement or harmony. Now apply this to a life approach. Someone who lives with congruency acts in direct accordance with their dreams, desires, beliefs, values, mission and goals. They do not let the thoughts of others affect their approach to the world. They take their own unique path paved by their understanding of themselves.

Written by: Scott Dinsmore

Average Reading Time: 6 minutes

Who's a bit confused on how to get 140 characters working for you and your brand? My hand's up. At least it was until I finished up Shama's new book, The Zen of Social Media Marketing. I have been aggressively learning about social media marketing for the last few months and I was still having trouble connecting the dots. Shama got me excited to the point that I started making changes before I finished the first couple chapters. On top of that, Twitter finally is starting to make sense. And it actually is useful. And she more than fully covers the others as well: Facebook, LinkedIn, blogs and video. In fact my last couple articles got more Facebook and Twitter mentions than the previous ones combined. I love immediate results.

Written by: Scott Dinsmore

Average Reading Time: 5 minutes

What's more likely to get you to buy something: a slick sales pitch or a friendly referral? It's no surprise that we'd all prefer to do business with someone we like and trust. And who couldn't use a reminder? Well a group of 150 entrepreneurs and I had the chance to make this a life motto when we heard Jim Cathcart speak at a Catalyst For Thought event in Santa Barbara last week. What followed was an hour-long energizing, motivating, belly laughing, masters education on how to live life. Jim's written 14 books on relationship selling and speaks, coaches and inspires behavior across the world. Yet we had him all to ourselves. He learned early in life that business should be an act of friendship and has guided his life accordingly. If that's where you start, there's no limit to where you'll end.