Reader Response Series #1

Reader Response Series #1

As promised, here’s the first reader response installment of Live Your Legend’s mailbag series.  We receive a ton of mail asking for help, and we know that for every one message in the inbox, there are likely hundreds in the community struggling with the same issues.

The reality is, you aren’t alone. There are things that challenge all of us. But we all have the power to decide whether or not those challenges are going to inspire or stop us.


To recap, here was the email we received:

I need help. I’m desperate. I’m sitting at my desk right now writing this, feeling like my insides are going to explode or I ‘m just going to break into sobbing hysteria. I love this whole Live Your Legend thing… [but]…everyday I have the same exact battle…trying to force myself to focus on my job and do well…do my best. But it bores me to a level that I can’t even describe and It truly feels like it’s sucking the soul out of me and killing me. I can look at my path to here and see how It’s gotten worse and worse. I’m completely burnt out. I feel hopeless.
I don’t know what to do.

You can watch the video above, or see how I responded in writing:

Dear X,

First of all, thank you for writing in. I know it took courage to do so and I commend you for that.

I, by no means, have all the answers but would like to share with you my personal experience because I know that after losing Scott, I felt hopeless, I felt stuck. I truly believed there was no way out of the darkness and could only see all that was wrong, which didn’t allow me to recognize that there were so many ways to make it right.

As I sit here a year and a half later, I assure you my external world hasn’t changed – Scott is still gone, I am still here on my own without him – but my perspective has changed which has allowed to see things I wasn’t able to before. I am now filled with hope and possibility about my future even though I still don’t know what it looks like,
or how I am going to get there. I have developed faith instead of fear of the unknown.

But this didn’t come without doing some work within. So, I am passing along a couple of things that I hope will be helpful to you.

Here is my WDS keynote that shares my experience and some of the ways I shifted my mindset, rather than simply reacting to the feelings that came my way.

Additionally, here are a few articles I also wrote documenting my journey, the steps I took to challenge the challenges that came up along the way and how I kept moving forward even when I didn’t know how:

Additionally, I just finished reading one of the best books I can remember reading, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson. I would highly recommend it.

I hope this helps….


Feel free to leave a comment below or email us at with your unique challenges. If you are struggling, odds are others are facing the same
challenges as well.

With gratitude,

– Chelsea Dinsmore

P.S. You legends are the ones out there living and breathing this journey, so feel free to share your advice to this reader’s challenge as well. What has helped you not let fear paralyze you. This is my personal experience, but our collective experience is far more powerful. Share in the comments below.