23 Nov The One Requirement to ‘Do Something That Matters’ + Your Invitation to Be a Live Your Legend RAOK Star!
We know that, as humans, we have a natural desire to grow and evolve. It starts when we are children and, while we may not be as readily aware of it as we reach adulthood, a lot of general dissatisfaction people feel (even though there is apparent “success”) comes from stagnation.
When we accomplish goals or reach a new level in life, we may feel satisfied there for a bit, but then we tend to find ourselves wanting more, even though we have “succeeded.” Not necessarily because we aren’t fulfilled (but that can surely be the case if you are pursuing a path out of alignment with who you are and what you really want!) but because if you stay anywhere for too long it stops feeling great, because our nature is to grow. What was once your height, now becomes your baseline, so you can reach even greater heights!
And so, as Live Your Legend has evolved, so have its core principles. When we began 5 years ago, it was a fully virtual community—but once we realized how disconnected and isolated people were feeling on their journey to passionate work, we launched Live Your Legend Local to add an in-person component to support people on their journeys. That has since grown to become a global movement in 250 cities in 70 countries around the world!
That is why today we are thrilled to announce the next addition to Live Your Legend, a fourth pillar to The Passionate Work Framework (and our inaugural Random Acts of Kindness Challenge)!
But first, for those of you newer to our family—or those that may need a refresher—here’s a quick recap of the existing Passionate Work Framework.
A decade of research by our fearless founder, Scott Dinsmore, revealed that these are the required steps to do work that you are passionate about—the process that differentiates those who love the work they do, from those who dread going to work everyday.
I. Become a Self-Expert: You must know who you are to live a life that is in alignment. Yet, so many of us have unlearned how to dream in order to follow the societal definition of success. So becoming a self expert is an ongoing process about discovering who you are, what you value, setting up your life to be in alignment with that and then constantly measuring and adjusting. Because, as we mentioned above, as you evolve, so will the things you value and want out of life. So maintaining that alignment is about constant self awareness, discovery and re-discovery.
II. Do Your Impossible: If you have a limited view of how things have to and should be, you are limiting your possibilities of how to get the most out of your life. So doing the impossible is all about breaking through and disproving the beliefs you have that are keeping you playing small. It is about constant testing and experimentation to help you expand your own self-imposed limitations—because when you prove to yourself you can do the things you don’t think you can do, it causes you to not only redefine your beliefs about what’s possible, it also opens you up to a larger number of opportunities in every avenue of life.
III. Surround Yourself With Passionate People: Doing work you love is not for the faint of heart. Looking deep within to understand who you are, and what you want and why, is some of the hardest work you’ll ever do. And testing, experimenting and doing things differently than “norm” can cause others to feel uncomfortable and therefore tell you that you are crazy or stupid for thinking differently. So surrounding yourself with people who support instead of discourage your dreams is required to maintain momentum on your journey of doing passionate work.
And that brings us to today because as we have helped tens of thousands of people discover and do more meaningful work, we’ve seen that a crucial piece to continue Living Your Legend is to not only do what matters to you, but to do more, be more, and give more to others—because that is when you really start to feel alive.
The joy of a sale, a paycheck or a bonus is fleeting, but the joy of having helped someone else in the process is everlasting.
Pillar 4 of The Passionate Work Framework
So, today we introduce that concept as a new pillar to The Passionate Work Framework…
IV: Do Something That Matters: Lead, Serve, Give: This is the step that takes passionate work and turns it into meaningful work. Because we are innately built to do more for others than we ever would for ourselves. And to spend your time doing things you are passionate about is, no doubt, an amazing accomplishment… but to use your passions, talents and strengths to lead, serve and give to others creates a deep level of meaning around what you do—and that is not only a gift that keeps on giving, but in our opinion it is also the key to a fulfilling and purposeful life.
If you are taking a job because of X title or to get X amount of money so you can start living later, it will only get you so far. If you are starting an online business because you want a more flexible lifestyle, you might get it up and running but it will not be lasting.
And of course, you have a right to that title, that amount of money and that lifestyle if that is what you have determined success to be. But if that is your only reason, if it is only about you and what you will gain, we can guarantee you’ll only get so far…
Because there is no doubt that sh*t will get hard. You will come up against changes and challenges. And even if you do get “there,” if you are not doing what you are doing for a reason greater than yourself, you’ll only get “there” and start looking for the next “there.” In order to have lasting fulfillment, you have to be doing what you are doing, because you love it, but for a reason greater than yourself.
Many of us conceptually understand the idea that giving makes us feel good, but this deeper understanding of why giving is the key to lasting fulfillment, which I learned from Neale Donald Walsch, really helped me understand a greater why:
When you give something away, you will no longer be “wanting” it, you will immediately experience having it—because the very act of your giving something away causes you to experience that you have it to give away, since you cannot give to another something you do not now have.
And since at Live Your Legend, we are all about executing instead of just educating (aka taking action instead of just taking in theory), in honor of the announcement of our 4th Pillar (and because ’tis the season for giving), we invite you to join us for the first ever Live Your Legend RAOK (random acts of kindness) Star Challenge.
The 30-Day RAOK Star challenge is a completely free challenge designed to make giving easy. 30 days and 30 ways to give to yourself, to others and to the world. Simple as that. No strings attached.
Because giving and expecting absolutely nothing in return, often times ends up being the best reward of all…
So, we invite you to join us for 30 days of getting out into the world, so you can give more, be more, do more and as a result discover how easy it can be to live a little more.
Thank you for being the legends that you are. You guys give a gift to me, and each other, by being a part of this community. And I look forward to all the many ways that we will continue to collectively give our gifts back to the world!
Onward and upward,
P.S. Would you be interested in a monthly membership program that walks you step-by-step through all four pillars of the Live Your Legend Passionate Work Framework—to guide you from where you are now to Living Your Legend? If so, let us know here.