08 Sep Ask the Reader: What Quest or Adventure Are You Dying to Pursue?
“Regret is what you should fear the most. If something is going to keep you awake at night, let it be the fear of not following your dream.”
– Chris Guillebeau
The Endless Pursuit of What Matters…
As I write this, I’m wearing a Live Your Legend t-shirt. The back of it says “Do Something That Matters.”
First, do things that matter to you. When you do, they also end up mattering to those around you, and in a way, to the world.
But this was never meant to just apply to doing work you love – it goes for everything we do. Because when we live a life full of meaningful actions, it feels damn good – and it’s a lot more fun. It also inspires others to do the same.
This has gotten me into a number of physical adventures over the years in an attempt to prove what’s possible, including Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments, stomaching the 12-hour GORUCK Challenge, swimming from Alcatraz with 9-year-olds, running a 50k in those funny FiveFinger shoes (without having run more than 15 miles prior) and eventually attempting a 50-mile trail race and hobbling over the finish line nearly dead last (hours after dozens of men and women twice my age).
It’s also led to a year spent building my first business in Sevilla, learning to surf in Costa Rica, eating my way through Greece (and just about every other place I’ve traveled), and to the creation of Live Your Legend.
But lately the pursuit of a quest has taken on a whole new life.
I’ve spent the past week in the mountains of Lake Tahoe thinking about the 1-2 year plan both for me and Live Your Legend.
I also just finished reading my friend Chris Guillebeau’s new book, The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose To Your Life, which hits shelves today.
Chris recently finished a rather big 10-year quest of his own – visiting every country in the world (193 of them). But the book isn’t just about him. He covers dozens of stories of other everyday people’s quests in an effort to provide a framework for developing and pursuing your own life of meaning and adventure. The idea is simple: the pursuit of purposeful pursuits, goals and adventures makes us happy.
A few case studies include:
- Moving to Japan to become a ninja (one of our own LYL and CWA members)
- Spending seven months walking across the United States
- Knitting 10,000 handmade hats
- Practicing “Rejection Therapy” by attempting to get rejected for 100 days in a row
- Running a marathon in all 50 states (and 250 in a year)
- Cooking a meal from every country in the world
- A man pursuing his wife’s bucket list after she died of cancer
- Finding and donating $10 to a new charity every day for a year
- Completing the 4-year MIT computer science curriculum in a year
People’s creativity, drive and potential astound me, and the timing for LYL couldn’t be better…
You see, this January my wife Chelsea and I are setting off on our own quest – a yearlong trip around the world – something we’ve dreamed about for nearly a decade.
Our goals next year are simple: to have fun (and embrace some freedom before it’s baby-making time), and to visit the LYL Local communities around the world. We’ll also live in Italy for a few months, learn some Italian and do our fair share of food and wine experimentation. 🙂
But for a while, I’ve been wanting to tie our adventure to something more specific, with deeper meaning.
Our final plan is still totally up in the air, but here are a few ideas I’ve been toying with for our big trip:
- Throw a “global dinner party” by hosting dinner parties in each apartment we rent, as a way to bring the local LYL communities together, and for Chelsea to build upon her passion to inspire others to cook simple, healthy, local, plant-based meals (the focus of her newly launched site, The Simple Kitchen). This is currently my favorite idea.
- Interview LYLers in each country who have made the transition to work that matters and the specific steps they took to make it possible (to share with all of you, of course).
- Try to crack the code on living a balanced and low-stress life by surrounding myself with “super-chill” people and attending meditation and mindfulness retreats around the world.
- Focus on a new skill for every month, based on the local customs (think surfing in Costa Rica or meditation in India).
- Discover and volunteer at a different charity in each city to shed light on some important causes.
These are just a few, and they obviously need plenty more hashing out. But we have four more months to decide. Plus, I’m depending on you to help us out…
I’d love your thoughts on the above and any others you think would make for a worthy adventure, and ideally get as many of you involved next year as possible.
But more importantly, I want you to think about a quest of your own.
Life is a lot more interesting when we put our energy towards endeavors we actually care about.
So… what’s one quest or adventure you want to pursue before your time’s up?
It can be anything.
Mental, physical, supporting a cause or just something selfish that’s always been on your mind. It could take you around the world or all happen in your own kitchen. It could tie into your career or be something totally separate. The fun thing is that one can often lead to the other, if you let it.
Chris defines a quest as something that has a clear goal and specific end point, presents a clear challenge, requires sacrifice and is often driven by a calling or sense of mission. But in today’s case, you can define it any way you want to.
Here are a few questions to think about to help with the brainstorming:
- What do you get lost in?
- What about the world makes you really angry?
- What idea consistently keeps you up at night?
- What’s always been on your bucket list?
- What adventure are you dying to tackle?
- What cause would you love to support?
- What’s a hobby or passion you’re constantly dedicating time to? How could you tackle it on a much bigger scale?
- If you could only pursue one thing, what would you craft a life around and do every day?
- What have you always wanted to do if you had the time, money, courage, etc.?
Once you give some thought to what’s exciting, you start to show up in the world in a different way.
Your conversations change, people see you differently and you begin to inspire others to think about what they too could be doing that matters. And most importantly, your actions begin to change. And so the ripples get set in motion…
The Shift that Ripples Across Your World
A subtle shift happens when you decide to start pursuing things you actually care about.
Even on the smallest scale, as you start to act in a way that’s congruent to what matters to you, you begin to notice more and more actions following suit. People start to pay attention. You and those around you begin to expect it from you. So you continue to show up in a bigger way. Before long, the only actions you take are ones deeply rooted in the difference you want to make.
But that all starts with deciding to pursue that first quest. And that starts with getting an idea out of your head and onto the page.
Living your legend isn’t just about doing work you love. It’s about pursing a life based on what you actually care about, in all walks.
Chris put it nicely near the end of the book…
“If you’re going to worry about something, worry about the cost of not pursuing your dream… Regret is what you should fear the most.”
So, what’s on your list?
Two things to do now:
1. Share your own quest idea in the comments (anything goes). And for bonus points, give me some advice on a quest you think Chelsea and I should incorporate next year. I want the LYL community to be a big part of our worldwide adventure (and join us along the way).
2. Check out Chris’s book and grab your own copy on Amazon, read it and then give it to someone else who needs it. The message is so essential to what it means to Live Your Legend and do work that matters. And I’d love to see The Happiness of Pursuit get the traction it deserves.
RebeccaPosted at 21:23h, 08 September
I want to come up with an actual solution to the student loan debt crisis. This is the #1 thing holding back people my age and younger from following our dreams — we did as we were told, working hard in school and going to college, and all it got us was a mountain of debt hobbling us before we ever got our first jobs… if we could even get jobs. The solution is not screaming at twentysomethings to stop going out to eat and start bootstrapping. I don’t know all the economic and legal specifics well enough at present to have a really detailed plan, and I know this quest will be extraordinarily unpopular with anyone older or richer than myself. But it has to be done.
For your quest, Scott, I think you and your wife should find parents of adult kids in every country you visit and ask them what their best advice for raising a family is.
AlexPosted at 09:36h, 09 September
I love this quest of yours. I graduated from college in May and so many of my friends are getting jobs that they hate just to make money in order to pay off their debt. I thought the goal of college was to find out what you WANTED to do and pursue it. Please let me know if I can help you with this in anyway and I would love to hear updates on your progress!
JacquePosted at 14:07h, 09 September
I think about this one CONSTANTLY too! ; ) I graduated in 2000, and I am still quite burdened. Beyond my own problems though, it is a really important social and economic issue and surely there is a brilliant and creative solution.
ScottPosted at 07:47h, 16 September
Brilliant quest idea Rebecca – and something I’d love to know!
JellePosted at 23:19h, 08 September
Hi Scott, thanks for this message! Saw your Ted Talk and following you throught Zen Habits and Fizzle. You are an inspirational guy who empowers me to help others find their passion and pursue it. I really would love it to get the book from Chris!
PatrikPosted at 23:55h, 08 September
I want to start a mental training business and use sports psychology to help regular people push through their mental obstacles and reach their goals.
Thanks for the great work you do.
HarrissPosted at 17:24h, 04 October
This sounds really interesting and along the lines of what I want to do. Have you thought of any ideas regarding this?
Steve royPosted at 06:40h, 09 September
Your journey never ceases to amaze me. Thanks for the heads up on Chris’ book, I didn’t know it was out.
Looking forward to seeing where all of this takes you (and us!)
WillPosted at 07:02h, 09 September
I’m ready to see more people (myself included) drop their current idea of comfort and safety. Blogs like this help in that quest and I appreciate you for that.
I look forward to reading Chris’s book. That dude can get ya inspired!
You and Chelsea, if you don’t already, should try some outdoor rock climbing. I just recently got into, and it’s thrilling. There’s nothing more humbling and motivating than to have a wall “Dikembe Mutombo” you, causing you rethink you’re entire approach to reaching the top.
Keep up the fun work!
ScottPosted at 07:49h, 16 September
We will definitely have to add a little rock climbing to our adventure Will. Just not sure how high 😉
OliviaPosted at 08:33h, 09 September
I want to quit my job and set up my online business, in order to be more present for my family, while also showing to my daughter how to live your own legend.
LisaPosted at 08:33h, 09 September
Thanks for posting Scott – this is my first time commenting! Your article really resonated with me as I actually committed myself to “making the leap” last night (check out my blog post) so this couldn’t have been better timing. Looking forward to all that’s ahead 🙂
ScottPosted at 07:49h, 16 September
Yeahhh Lisa!! Great time to jump into the comments too. Can’t wait to hear how it unfolds. Keep us posted and congrats!
GeoffOfOzPosted at 08:34h, 09 September
I’d love to DJ around the world for 12 months, finding new music and sharing it all around!
ScottPosted at 07:50h, 16 September
This sounds SO fun!
MariaPosted at 08:36h, 09 September
My quest is to do the camino de Santiago de compostella in Spain. I am starting in the Basque Country where my family is originally from and walking the 425 miles by the end of Oct. I am doing it to honor my family and reconnect with myself as I am on my journey to living my legend!
Haven’t done it yet, but maybe you am your wife would enjoy a similar pilgrimage!
RachelPosted at 15:32h, 09 September
Awesome Maria! My uncle did this pilgrimage as a recovering alcoholic last year and it was life transformational for him. Its something that I have wanted to do for a long time – have done multiple Oxfam Trailwalker events (100km up and over the mountains) but I imagine this one has a different more reflective ‘feel’ to it. Good luck!!
ScottPosted at 07:51h, 16 September
So cool knowing how capable this community is! Love this quest Maria and it’s been on my list ever since a LYL Local attendee in SF told me about his recent adventure on that trail. Enjoy it!
MarkPosted at 08:39h, 09 September
One of the big things on my bucket list is to hike Mt. Kilimanjaro. I’m not a huge fan of camping, and so the 5 – 9 days in the “bush” is a stretch, not to mention the physical aspects of the climb. Shooting for next year! Now to make it happen.
As for you and Chelsea, since you’re going on a year long trip around the world, go see all 7 (new) wonders of the world. For bonus points, see the other “wonders” that of the world that didn’t make the cut from back in 2007). Needless to say, you’re going to get some great stories!
ScottPosted at 09:56h, 16 September
Definitely adding the wonders to our list Mark. And hiking Kili is on there too! We want to catch the wildebeest migration if we can. The good news is I hear they take really good care of you on the way up and the ‘camping’ isn’t so bad 🙂
kylePosted at 08:40h, 09 September
I’m currently on a quest though I am not 100% sure of my goal. I was traveling on my own for two months in Thailand, voulenteering. Now my sister is with me for two weeks; an opportunity for us to grow closer.
I choose this quest now because I said I would a few years ago, and because it scared me. Much of what I’ve done here has been meditation and study of spirituality. One of the things a teacher shared with me (Cheri Hubbard) is that wanting leads to wanting. We’re conditioned to believe in a cycle of wanting to getting to having. I’m interested to read the happiness of pursuit as the title sounds like it may have a solution to my present conundrum. I aim to live from having and not from wanting. Yet sometimes the pursuit seems more alluring than the acquisition.
Paul RickenPosted at 10:07h, 09 September
Having is about gratefulness. Wanting is about pursueing your dreams and desires. They arise from gratefulness. Only if you forget to enjoy the things you already have and life presents to you, you will not get what you want.
So, wanting and having are not separated. They are unitied…
ScottPosted at 09:57h, 16 September
Thailand has been one of our favorite spots so far and I love your focus on presence. That definitely needs to be a part of next year for us.
Gizem SahanPosted at 08:43h, 09 September
I have already pursuit my valunteering in Nepal quest:) I do want to pursuit growing my coaching career and having my own community to create change across the world.
Hopefully with mutual aid:)
GregPosted at 08:48h, 09 September
I know I’m not one of the first three, but that’s ok. I still want to comment. A few weeks ago, I started my quest, which is actually part of a bigger quest. You see, just three years ago, I weighed 300 pounds and had a resting heart rate of 100+. If I walked up the 14 steps from the basement to the living room, it took 10 minutes or more for my breathing and heart rate to return to “normal.” I got a warning from the doctor and lost 50 pounds in just a few months.
But then I hemmed and hawwed and screwed around and over the past 2 and a half years, got back up to 285 pounds. Finally, a few months ago, I got a clue about how close to death I really was…my doctor gave me less than a year to live unless I shed the weight and got healthier. This morning, I weighed 238 and I feel SO much better.
So, what’s my quest? The spring before I turn 50, I want to compete on American Ninja Warrior. I don’t care if I fall off the first obstacle or if I end up winning the whole thing. I just want to SO TOTALLY RE-CREATE my mind and body that I am capable of selling myself to the producers and getting on the show. And THEN I’ll do a good job and complete my quest.
Kevin GilpinPosted at 09:15h, 09 September
Congrats on the progress Greg! Sounds like an awesome goal, lets make it happen!
Paul RickenPosted at 10:04h, 09 September
Greg, you will make it.
And you will end up first of all the participants!
Just combine; Purpose, Perseverance, Presence, Play and Positive Mind.
And you can do anything.
JacquePosted at 14:10h, 09 September
Good for you Greg! Admire anyone who can completely turn their lives and health around like that. It is an incredibly hard and amazing journey. Way to go!
RacerPosted at 02:54h, 10 September
Greg, You are brilliant. Simply brilliant!
ScottPosted at 09:59h, 16 September
Incredible progress Greg. Wow. And I might need to add that quest to my list as well – I’ve wanted to be a ninja since I was about 1 :).
Coral LevangPosted at 08:51h, 09 September
My dream: To be a TEDTalk-er, and to give my message of hope many times using my passport to reach audiences around the world. I have stage 4 cancer and was told I would be gone by now. I’ve much more to say, but that’s the last part of it. I am very much alive.
I must make this happen. I’ve held myself back. Time to move forward!
Thanks for your inspiration. You are one of the few I follow regularly.
Kevin GilpinPosted at 09:18h, 09 September
Wow, thank you for the inspiration Coral! I know I can’t wait to hear your message.
ScottPosted at 10:01h, 16 September
Wow – and inspiration indeed Carol. And it just so happens that this week I’m posting an interview with TED’s Content Director about How TED Chooses Main Stage Speakers. Hope that helps with your next step!
Paul RickenPosted at 09:22h, 09 September
Awesome newsletter once more. Keep it up. And Chris is awesome as well, great living rolemodel in living a non conformist life.
On my list is to creat awesome lives for, with and through everyone. Building a community of 144.000 people. This goal to be reached at 14052019. This communicty wil; build new businesses, ventures and projects that will enricht the lives of everyone on this planet. Erasing poverty, hunger, abuse of people, violence.
I’ve just started, new website, writing a daily blog and I created some awesome products on how to live an inspired life and achieve high performance in all you can Lots of free stuff as well.
It is certainly a guest. It is hard but fulfilling. Feels like devoting my life to the things that are really important to me.
Idea for you and Chelsea; check out 1000awesomethings each day and apply one of the things shared there. And try to physically and mentally involve at least 50 people in the first 3 months, then get to 150 people in the next 3 months etc. Good luck!
ScottPosted at 10:03h, 16 September
Congrats on getting the ball rolling with a huge and very worthy vision Paul! Will be fun to see it unfold. And I’m loving the 1000 awesome things idea. I met him a while back. Great guy and perfect thing to overlay for a trip like we’re taking.
Paul RickenPosted at 15:58h, 16 September
Scott, Tx a lot. It is unfolding and it will keep unfolding. Like you did!
Nic BarrowPosted at 09:23h, 09 September
Work so that you get your monthly income doubled while you do your one year jaunt!
ScottPosted at 10:04h, 16 September
Now that would be interesting, and of course all while having a fun (mostly) stress free adventure, right?
AlexPosted at 09:33h, 09 September
I have two goals in mind that I want to share. I want to start a fresh juicing business and I want to win a World Series of Poker bracelet. I am getting closer to achieving these goals as the year winds down. I am currently looking into a stand in the heart of my city to open the juice business in and I am participating in the WSOP circuit in Chicago in October to get some tournament experience with some of the biggest names in poker.
Scott, I want you to try to live for a week in as many places you visit absolutely free. I don’t want you spend a dime that week, not on food, not on shelter, not on transportation. I want to see if this is possible and if it can be done. Hope to hear an update on what you think of this idea!
ScottPosted at 10:06h, 16 September
Whoa that would be pretty interesting to try to pull off. I’ve added it to the list of ideas. Very clever. Congrats on your two quests too. A friend of mine, Rob, recently left his banking job to start a juice truck called Juice Box in Los Angeles. Have a look. Might give you ideas: http://www.juiceboxlosangeles.com/
SindhuPosted at 09:38h, 09 September
I’m so glad you’re doing this world round trip! I hope you stop by Bangalore in India, so that we can meet you. You are truly inspirational, and meeting you would be a culmination of sorts…
As for your personal quest, go unplanned. Your trip will open up unimagined discoveries. Your daily observation of different cultures itself is quite enlightening! This trip will leave you better off understanding where people come from, and this in turn will take Live Your Legend to new heights.
PS- Perhaps you could start a travel blog after that. We’d love to hear your adventures!
ScottPosted at 10:08h, 16 September
Thanks for the kind words Sindhu. We’d love to visit you guys out there and hope it’s a part of next year, but we will be taking your ‘unplanned’ advice so it’s a little hard to say ;).
And don’t you worry – you’ll be hearing all about the adventure. I’m sure there will be plenty of lessons to tie into LYL!
Laure MerlinPosted at 09:44h, 09 September
Hey way to go Scott and Chelsea! And commenters!
If I may add to the brainstorming, I think about three:
1/Before the dinner, set up a few hours speed meetings/ask me advice to have a chance to help tons of peeps and also get a lot of inspiring stuff (one on one serious talk)
2/make room for total serendipity with either setting up a day a week where you follow anyone you meet (I went to a family lunch with his grown up kids with a Greek widower in Athens, just because I was OK to get in his car and said I had nothing to do now)
3/ try to meet the spiritually wise of the place, religious, wisdom-men, shuyukh, shamans…
As for my quests, I can’t properly word my bigest now, a lesser one I’m thrilled about is: lead a small group to travel with nothing, I mean NO thing, a credit card and a phone in my pocket and clothes on everyone’s back. What we need, we buy and give away after use, we don’t take pictures, we are completely unplugged and free of ownership, totally present because that’s all there is!
Exploring our values (I’m a coach!) Specially in off tracks countries like Bulgaria, Kirgizstan, Belize… With or without kids. Not for control or clean freeks, but for inside and outside explorers!
Have an amazing quest everyone!
Laure MerlinPosted at 09:54h, 09 September
Oops sorry I can’t find how to edit my typos… And the OR of 2/ was : or ask the local LYLer to take you anywhere incredible.
ScottPosted at 10:11h, 16 September
Great ideas Laure and you can be sure at least some of them will be a part of next year. Now the trick is figuring out how to not do the standard Scott Dinsmore ‘thing’ and try to do everything :).
Nothing beats the serendipity either…
Laure MerlinPosted at 22:37h, 18 September
Wow thanx Scott!
Yes, I totally relate to your standard… It’s so freaking frustrating to rule out awesome stuff!!! I’m still struggling with that prioritizing and simplifying, making progresses, tell me when you get the secret formula.
The Warren Buffet ‘to avoid’ list was a good step but too heart breaking for me yet. Maybe setting this kind of list but with a shorter ‘reopen’ timing, like every quarter or semester, not waiting until the whole first goals are achieved?
Have an awesome day!
Mandeep GillPosted at 09:46h, 09 September
I want to start up “feed the homeless” programs in over 100 cities around the world. I want to become a fulltime trader to support myself during this quest. I have the capital to support a trading business. My Corporate job will end October 10th 2014.
ScottPosted at 10:12h, 16 September
I’d love to be a part of this if we can cross paths next year Mandeep. Also check out Tony Robbins Basket Brigades. Similar idea. The story is incredible and they’re all over the world…
LisaPosted at 11:26h, 09 September
I’ve been thinking about my quest for the last year… someone else actually brought it to my attention so I’ve been a little reluctant, nervous, scared. However, it’s starting to plant itself in my soul and I’m moving forward with planning.
Next summer, I’ll be riding my motorcycle across the country from New York to California (I live in South Dakota). The ride will be called The Inspired Tour. In 1915, Effie and Avis Hotchkiss were the first women to ride transcontinental on a motorcycle. They are a continuous inspiration to me so in tribute of what they accomplished, I will be retracing their tire tracks 100 years later inspiring women who will come behind me.
This will be a ride telling a story from the past… living a story in the present… and inspiring stories of the future. I will be inviting women motorcyclists to join The Inspired Tour and riding segments with me. I plan to share my own LYL story at formalized stops along the way.
If you are a woman rider, know a woman rider, or an organization that would support this ride, please email me at Lisa@FullThrottleLiving.com. We’ll also be riding for the charity, Helping With Horsepower. Thank you for being an inspiration to me, Scott!
ScottPosted at 10:17h, 16 September
Now this is a proper quest Lisa – and damn creative!! Sounds like so much fun too. You’ve gotta fill out our reader spotlight form and we can feature you in an upcoming post.
And that goes for anyone else on LYL too. We’d love to share your story or quest!
Just fill this out: http://bit.ly/OqGZiW
CassandraPosted at 11:48h, 09 September
Thanks, Scott, you continue to inspire. I’m currently in a transition phase in my career, which feels very exciting to me, as it seems to have come out of the past few weeks of focussed thinking on my part – how i can make a difference. Although the circumstances that have lead to the transition were unfortunate, i feel deeply that they were a strong wake up call. You asked ‘what keeps you awake at night’ which is interesting because it is 4am here in Australia and i am awake thinking about my dream career – to work as a travel agent from a booth in an adventure / outdoor gear store selling product from the range of experiences that excites me – travel that is enriching, ethical, sustainable and life-changing. I’ve spent the past 6 mths researching this range and building my website of such experiences (www.betterworldtravel.com.au). Now it is tine to fully launch into it! This is how i will make a difference. As for you and Chelsea and your upcoming travels, well do i have some ideas for you!
CassandraPosted at 11:53h, 09 September
Oops my response was too long and my ideas for you were cut off! Briefly – wildlife conservation volunteering in the Galapagos islands? Sea turtle research volunteers in Sri Lanka? Or touring in cambodia that has you visiting a number of social enterprises? Coming to Melbourne? Look me up. Would love to show you and Chelsea the inspiration in this city in the realm of plant-based dining
ScottPosted at 10:20h, 16 September
Great ideas Cassandra. Sea turtle research sounds like a must – especially if they’re babies!
And huge congrats on being so clear on exactly what you want. That is the biggest first step. Now for the really fun part, as I know there must be tons of folks in the travel space who would love to have you on their team!
Alex MillPosted at 11:57h, 09 September
My list’s main focus is to transform people’s lives by transforming their relationship with themselves.
My journey, after nearly 14 years of living in a Zen Buddhist monastery, has been to create a blog (thanks to your challenge, Scott — done), write a children’s-style book on mindfulness and compassion (and publish it! — done), create an online retreat on Compassionate Self-Mentoring (up and running in the en*theos community), and I currently finished a coaching mastermind program with Jacob Sokol — to transform lives one-by-one.
I am over-the-moon thrilled with the growth and development I have continued to experience in both myself and the people I come into contact with. My next big goal is to team up with an organization that is attempting to bring mindfulness into schools across the globe. Because that’s what I would truly love to see. I know how it has impacted my life and could only imagine what would be possible if kids had this skill early on. What else could you wish for your own children but to know how to mindfully and compassionately love and mentor themselves through any life challenge?
In my viewpoint, what the world needs is conscious, compassionate people. Could you imagine a world in which we were all 100% in love with ourselves and wanted only to use that overflowing love to create a better world — starting with ourselves? That’s my mission and what I work to create right here from the inside out.
So I’m a little biased in my recommendation to you, Scott. If you would like to talk about it, I’d be game to guide you on your mindfulness quest! Just let me know!
ScottPosted at 10:26h, 16 September
Well thank you for the offer Alex – and thanks for doing the work you’re doing. I know firsthand how much we need a new level of mindfulness – something I struggle with a lot as I’ve stuck to my 20 min of meditation each morning for the past couple years.
Do you know Kristoffer Carter? He’s huge on mindfulness and is leading a charge to get it into corporations. I just spent a bunch of time sitting with him this weekend at Jonathan Fields’ adult summer camp. He’s a rock star teacher. Have a look: http://www.thisepiclife.com/meditation/
DaniaPosted at 12:03h, 09 September
Like you said Im one of those still trying to figure out what lights me up. I want to make my 2 year old baby girl and my husband’s lifes richer, happier, fuller…
Started by requesting to work part time (even though money is so tight my time with my baby is priceless) and they were wonderful enough to let me do it (in Mexico part time work is almost inexistent unless you are a student)
Changed my baby to a school that will concentrate in developing all the wonderful talents she has and give her the feeling she is not learning but enjoying life
Currently Im taking courses, participating in blogs like yours, reading books on how to improve my communication skills (LOVE Simon Sinek “Start with WHY”) to be able to help others that have the same “feeling” that I do about life.
I started to knit again (I learned from my Grandma when I was about 6 or 7, now Im 32). Im not that bad 😉
I also started taking soccer lessons (something that my family constantly mocks me about) and let me tell you if it wasn’t for you I will probably had given up on the 5th lesson (its so hard!!)
Im learning how to make wood furniture (super recommend Ana White and Shanty 2 Chic blogs) and with that I also learned that in Mexico (Chihuahua) for a woman to buy power tools she needs to be prepared to be almost bullied by the guy sellers that ALWAYS want to know more than she does (by the way THEY DONT!)
I know that the combinations might not make sense however I feel like I will be able to learn from all of the experiences and that makes me feel so much happier.
To end this almost letter (sorry), I will love for you guys to come to Mexico, if its possible to Chihuahua (I know you guys will love to take the Chepe train ride http://www.chepe.com.mx/english/index.html). Our house is and will always be Your house.
ScottPosted at 10:30h, 16 September
Sounds like your husband and girl and lucky to have you Dania! Thanks for the offer on Mexico. We’d love to add that onto our trip. Our good friends Corbett and Jesse spend the first three months of the year in Barra de Navidad and we wanted to swing by to say hi. I’ll be sure to announce things on LYL once we get it all figured out. And that train looks like a total blast!
LibbyPosted at 12:09h, 09 September
Thank you for your words, Scott! I re-read the following part several times and finally pulled the quote to print and hang on my vision board:
“Even on the smallest scale, as you start to act in a way that’s congruent to what
matters to you, you begin to notice more and more actions following suit. People
start to pay attention. You and those around you begin to expect it from you. So
you continue to show up in a bigger way. Before long, the only actions you take are
ones deeply rooted in the difference you want to make.”
I have just recently taken some major steps to pursue my own business and life goals including turning in a 4 month notice to my day job. A 4 month notice might sound crazy to some but it was exactly what I needed to get me out of my rut and truly inpsire some follow through on my part. Your words are absolutely true, start taking action and slowly you will see a difference. You can’t get any closer to your dream by wishing it closer! Thank you again for such a great read!
ScottPosted at 21:10h, 17 September
So cool of you to pull that quote out and put it into the real world Libby! I just saved it for a future post too.
And I love the 4 month deadline. That’s enough time to really get something sorted out yet short enough to really motivate. Perfect. That’s my same timeline with this trip coming in January. I have serious motivation to get LYL and LYL Local all buttoned up to really embrace the adventure next year with all of you!
Come back and let us know what you end up doing next!
DonikaPosted at 13:38h, 09 September
Thanks for everything you share at LYL.
I following you only since some days, and I don’t even know how I ended up here:-)
I decided to quit my job before sign up at this page (and I really don’t know anymore how I found it). The current job is a very well-paid job, good people and fantastic surrounding, but I have enough of it:-). I’m happy to know that there are other people there outside who too thinks that a good payment doesn’t mean you are satisfied with the job. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know, that if you come to Italy your are welcome to drop by to where I live, which is Albania. Yes, it is not far from Italy and I’m sure you will have a great, great time. Just think about it and let me know if you are interested to visit my home country.
I wish you all the best and many greetings from Pogradec, Albania,
ScottPosted at 05:33h, 18 September
Wow, what an offer Donika and I’d love to take you up on it if our schedules can align.
And either way we’d love to have you become a LYL Local host Albania! I bet there are some other LYLers out around there too. Here are the details for becoming a host: htt://liveyourlegendlocal.com/become-the-host/
That goes for anyone else from our community too – we’d love to have you help us bring people together in your hometown. I’ll make a bigger announcement about that soon.
And welcome to the adventure Donika – glad you’re with us!
Mike GoncalvesPosted at 14:17h, 09 September
Great post Scott! I read The Happiness of Pursuit cover to cover and was hoping there was more to read. Awesome, incredible, and so damn inspiring! People are amazing. How cool that you and Chelsea are setting off on our own quest for a yearlong trip around the world. My girlfriend Kristen and and I will be doing the exact same thing a year later. Currently in the process on planning. Like you, we’re currently exploring different ways of adding a deeper meaning to our travels. We’re also making sure we don’t over think it because whatever is going to happen, will happen. It’s possible our travels will create a quest, one we may not even have thought of. Definitely love your “Global Dinner Party” idea. I’m excited for you guys and have no doubt that whatever it is you both decide to do, it’ll be awesome, it’ll be inspiring, and it’ll make a difference. Cheers to all the adventures to come!
ScottPosted at 05:34h, 18 September
I felt the same what about the book Mike – I so wanted more!
And you said it perfectly… “We’re also making sure we don’t over think it because whatever is going to happen, will happen. I”
Amen to that. 🙂
RachelPosted at 16:18h, 09 September
Awesome post – thanks! My biggest quest to pursue is to create an alternative high school experience (through programs within the current school system that transform the experience) that focuses on teaching kids to understand and follow their strengths, gifts and passions and do work that fulfills them. I want to combine my experience as a psychologist and as a business and leadership educator in the corporate world to truly help kids reach their potential and feel fulfilled and grateful in their life (potentially from a much earlier age than many of us have:-). I believe this will have a huge ripple effect of creating a more happy school, work and community and family experience.
Scott and Chelsea one idea to throw into the mix is to combine your love of adventure and connecting people. Why not throw it out to your community to create an adventure experience in each country that you visit that raises money for a local charity. This will not only connect people on a bigger cause but also reinforce the importance of being pushed outside of your comfort zone in order to achieve great things (plus you get the cool adventure high!!!).
Enjoy chasing your dreams and thanks for continuing to inspire us to do the same!!
ScottPosted at 05:36h, 18 September
First off – that quest of yours is so need. Thank you!
And brilliant idea for ours next year. That is exactly the type of adventure and creativity I’m talking about!
Kerryn HewsonPosted at 20:11h, 09 September
I want to drive the entire coast of New Zealand.
After living inland in the UK for 5 years and recently returning home to New Zealand I wanted to keep that tourist perspective on my own beautiful country and indulge my love of road trips and the ocean.
Step One: Get a New Zealand road map from the AA (Automobile Association).
Step Two: Start planning that trip down the West Coast for early next year.
ScottPosted at 21:59h, 09 September
That will be gorgeous! My dad and I went fishing out there years ago and fell in love.
And I love that you already have your first two steps 🙂
HelenePosted at 23:59h, 09 September
Hi Scott, amazing post as usual ^^
Amazing news that you’ll be travelling around for so long! Congratulations on the decision 🙂 Unluckily I would probably not be in Tokyo anymore when you guys pass by (I would have LOVED to show you our favorite karaoke, hear Chelsea’s rap and your performance on Tailor Swift!), but please let us know when you stop-by in France or around! There is so much to see and do there 🙂
My quest as I’d say, aside from living off my passion (working on it thoroughly 😉 ), is to catch-up on my health. Nothing as bad as it is but doing a job without any other purpose than fitting-in for years and years in a stressful environment in a foreign country has really put a toll on my body (aches everywhere, cubital syndrome, hernia, knotted stomach, too much smoking and drinking to get off the stress) and I really feel the need to reconnect.
ScottPosted at 05:38h, 18 September
Could not agree more Helene on the stress. It’s something I’ve been giving more and more attention to as well. Especially after reading Lisa Rankin’s book Mind Over Medicine.
And we’d love to connect in Tokyo or France. We could also use another LYL Local host out in either spot :). Check it out! http://liveyourlegendlocal.com/become-the-host/
ManuPosted at 00:43h, 10 September
I think a couple cool quest for your world around trip would be:
– Learn how to say any word you love in all the languages of the countries you visit and record them in small videos!
– Take one picture of yourselves with one traditional dress or costume in every country you visit
I hope you like them! In fact I hope you make them both at the same time, saying the word when dressed up 🙂
Kind regards from Germany!
PS: If you need a place to stay near Münich, just write!
ScottPosted at 05:40h, 18 September
Love these! Maybe while I do my favorite move – the handstand 🙂
We have a great LYL Local crew in Munich and will definitely hope to be stopping by!
ziniaPosted at 01:48h, 10 September
My quest is to educate people not just make them literate. There are people who are much below poverty level and cannot afford education through schooling, more so the reading and writing bit! They need to be still aware of their rights, their benefits and all. Hoping to create a medium where in they can be educated about these! As for you quest, maybe you can inspire your LYL group in India to reach out to such people. Just give them the basic information about the various benefits they can get!
RacerPosted at 03:03h, 10 September
I know you have been to Ireland before but I can help if you need some ideas on where to go and what to see! That is – if you guys are going to Ireland. This would be off the beaten track. To the Wild West! I used to work in Event management – high-end incentive trips and could organise a fun, trip that would have yourself and Chelsea going to the West of Ireland, learning to kite-surf, surf. I practise mindfulness and could get a teacher along, and I know you guys love food, and I know someone else who has an amazing restaurant in Dublin. I know a yoga teacher who has the most amazing place in Lahinch with fabulous food that Chelsea would love. Check out ‘The Wild Atlantic Way’ cycling along on bikes seeing the most amazing countryside. If you guys want to do it alone I can organise an itinerary and point you in the right direction.
I am embarrassed to say, I don’t have a bucket list, well I do want to swim with dolphins (I did once in New Zealand, but when I got in the water they scarperred!) and am planning on doing my first half marathon in November as well as climbing Half Dome in Yosemite. I am going to realistically sit down and see what other ways I can make a difference.
Enjoy the rest of your day
ScottPosted at 05:43h, 18 September
What an offer!! We’d love to take you up on that if we make it up that way. I’ll make our plans public as soon as I know them and hopefully we can work something. And be sure to remind me in case I forget. Email is best. Would be a blast for sure up there!
Half Dome has also been on my list for years and it’s only 4 hours from me!
RacerPosted at 07:14h, 19 September
No problem, Scott! Once we know your stop off points and everything is public we can work on something! I’ll remind you!
(Re: Half Dome – Exciting times! Hopefully I won’t be one of the ones who has to be carried off!!!)
Dhaval GajeraPosted at 06:28h, 10 September
I want to start a school where all the subjects taught will be real life lessons learnt from people all around the world through their stories. The lessons taught will be what people don’t learn in school and wish they had. The main purpose of the course will be to allow children learn how to think for themselves and to show them how important it is to have a definite life purpose at early age and to show them WHY it is urgent.
ScottPosted at 05:44h, 18 September
Amen to that!!
You have got to see this TED Talk by a friend of mine – Raise your kids to be entrepreneurs: http://www.ted.com/talks/cameron_herold_let_s_raise_kids_to_be_entrepreneurs?language=en
shujauddinPosted at 07:00h, 10 September
hi scott, you came to me as a great inspiration. at 80 with no worry about money or health i am a soofy sheikh with almost a thousand desciples teaching them spritual practices like meditation,service,selflessness,humility and oneness.i have no desires for myself.but my heart cries for the poor masses of my country.they need food,education and shelter.i want to do something for them.i have stablished a chritable foundation to cater their needs but to avery small extent.i want to do something that will make a differance in their lives.the job is gigantic but i have not lost hope.nothing is impossible.one man can make a differance in the world.suggestions and assistance from any quarter will be highly appreciated.thanks.
ScottPosted at 05:46h, 18 September
Wow – so cool to get a comment from your generation and hear the impact you’re making!! Totally made my morning :). I’m sure this community could help with your quest too. Check on our Facebook group if you can or keep an eye out for other tools coming soon. Well done – and so glad you’re with us!
DebashishPosted at 08:10h, 10 September
First off, excellent post, Scott. Very well timed too. I finished reading Happiness Of Pursuit and I have to say, it is profound. One of the best books I’ve ever read.
It got me thinking. I have been on a sort of quest since February, last year. It all started with your TED talk, and my initial goal was to quit my job. And it still is. I have a date for quitting. But along the way, I discovered my passions, my values, and what I really care about. The quest still exists but, it’s meaning has changed. I’m trying to live my life by the “follow your heart” and “do what you love” principles. I don’t know what this new quest is but, I’m thoroughly enjoying it.
PS – Would love to have you and Chelsea at the LYL Local meetup in Delhi, India, when you get here. Tell me when exactly and I promise I’ll pick you guys up from the airport.
ScottPosted at 05:48h, 18 September
Love the airport pickup offer!! I really hope to take you up on that – the LYLL groups in India have been so inspiring. And huge congrats on all the progress. Music to my ears. Sounds like you are doing exactly what you should be doing right now. Excited to hear where it leads!
TinekePosted at 12:24h, 10 September
My great passion is gardening, taking pictures, and writing about it. I discover new things, plants and wild live, every time I walk around in our garden. I used to keep a gardening diary for myself for many years and started to write a gardening blog in 2005. Next year it will be the 10-year anniversary of my blog! The blog is in Dutch, but you can look at the pictures and use google translate to get a feeling for the content 🙂 . Current status: each week 5-6 posts and around 200 people on my weekly mailing list.
Writing the posts give me energy, it never felt like a burden, and the only times these almost 10 years that I missed a week was when I was on holidays. Every now and then I receive a reply, comment, question or compliments from readers, that makes it even more enjoyable. I always find the time to write, next to my full time job, and part time master of finance study.
Sharing personal gardening stories, and other people enjoying it, how good can it be? Can it get even better? Yes! My quest is reaching a (much) larger audience with my gardening stories: blog or book or going international … and finding a way to get feedback from my readers. How to pursue this goal? I’m still pondering over it .
And even that is fun.
ScottPosted at 08:00h, 18 September
That’s incredible Tineke! Impressive consistency and the idea of documenting all that outdoor growth I bet is soon fun. Having our own garden is high on our list whenever we live outside the city. 🙂 Those buttery pictures on your site are gorgeous btw!
Kevin BlanchettePosted at 18:28h, 10 September
I just want to walk outside everyday, meet people, and help them with their problems. I really enjoy solving problems, and there is so much you learn, the more problems you face. I also really like making people happy.
ScottPosted at 08:05h, 18 September
Perfectly simple Kevin – great call. Imagine what would happen if everyone started to take on that quest. I just read an awesome article in Southwest Magazine on the plane back from NY about a guy in NY who for a month helped a different person every day. He even put ads on craigs list. I can’t seem to find it right now but try Googling it. Quests don’t have to take you around the world. The ones right outside can be just as game changing.
davePosted at 21:07h, 11 September
I am going through some major mind shifts right now..to the point where I can not sleep at night wondering what direction to take. I have a retail job I hate due to the B.S sales targets they put on you (I say..well send me more people and I will sell more stuff) But also I hate the whole culture of retail sales. I would rather sell something to people that really want what I sell and try to help them in that way.. than the company culture of Sell at any cost to achieve monthly sales targets. I like going to Gym and have been following Mikes blog here.. http://www.muscleforlife.com/finding-your-passion/ Can you guys give me your honest thoughts on what he wrote? This is not bashing Scott or this blog here.. and I think it’s great people here are following there passion.. just wish it were easier to know what I wanted to do. Thx Dave.
ScottPosted at 08:11h, 18 September
Glad you’re here Dave and that you’re awake enough to notice. I was up at 3:30 this morning too – excited about all these ideas you all are throwing out. It starts with being awake because you know you need a change. Then it slowly changes to the occasional sleepless night because you can’t not start making progress on an idea. That’s the best shift of all. You’ve already taken the most important first step (the wake up). I’m excited to see where it leads.
As for his article, I’m noticing there are more and more things trying to go against follow your passion and some of it is because I think it gets clicks. But the main point is still the same – find things that are aligned with your values, strengths and talents. The world will thank you for it and the passion usually comes along for the ride. :). I prefer to be sure the passion is part of the process from the beginning though. But when you have those other three things in line, you’re usually working on things that matter to you and that’s the whole point.
PATPosted at 01:19h, 12 September
The Biggest Adventure .
i don’t feel myself as a teacher or leader, still there is something deep in me who always awakens when somewhere on this planet a „new“ iniquitousness goes public i.e. as soon as i gain awareness over it via media.
Then the little activist inside of me starts rumbling and wondering what’s wrong with this world!
What can or should we do – will it help?
Of course every little effort against any injustice will help.
But wouldn’t it be better to tackle any kind of problems at it’s roots?
And that’s where my part of being educational comes to place – I’m for sure not the Wise and will most of the time fail in providing the right or adequate solution but in a way i got the feeling that my insights, thoughts and behavior most of the time are on the right track and would help making our life as a society more sustainable and less hypocrite.
Therefore I’m always thinking about a way to teach people on the uniqueness of nature and their beautifulness. If everyone and especially decision makers would get a deep feeling and understanding for the singularity of it, in my opinion none would take those wrong actions on behalf of greed, shareholder value or fulfilling it’s ego!
So where comes the adventure in place?
Well, being out there and learn to feel the flora and fauna is one of the biggest adventures in this „digital“ world. So many already are numb for being able to experience this strong positive energy, just getting excited for a short period of time triggered via a new „shocking“ moment.
Now, pulling out everything wouldn’t the right solution rather cosset and providing the ticket is a cure against uncontrolled growth.
That’s why I’d love to start on working out a new educational structure where the on- and off-line world is interconnected with our daily life as well as a fruitful collaboration between work and play!
Scott and everyone out there, how do you think about it?
Isn’t this, the ideal education of our descendants, the biggest adventure ever?
So they can grow into self-conscious, able to care for others and fulfilled members of the society .
A lot of little „Live Your Legends“ though 🙂
Since I’m grown up in Austria my mother tongue is German; please bear this in mind and feel free to ask in case you guys are interested in deeper insights.
I’m working on a shoe string budget providing guided events and tours throughout the year in central Europe. Being active outdoors in a fun environment is the best starting point to be able to learn „This Feeling For Nature“
Thanks for taking your precious time reading this!
f . BackcountryXperience
ScottPosted at 08:13h, 18 September
Thanks for fighting the good fight Pat – the global education system needs it!
MedaughPosted at 04:58h, 13 September
In a desperate attempt to get a grasp on life I typed into google ‘start to live’ and was guided to this website. Although I admire trying to ‘live your legend’ and having ideals in life, I still don’t get it. Sure it must be nice to have seen every country in the world, to enjoy your job, to set and complete goals… but I think if I did all that, I would still be missing the single most important thing in life. To me, connecting to people, in its purest form, feeding of eachothers energy and reinforcing it, is what truly makes someone happy. Unfortunately not many people understand what I mean or think the same way… and therefor true happiness and living life to the fullest seems to be, in itself, a very hard to achieve goal.
ScottPosted at 08:19h, 18 September
Welcome to the family Medaugh! I could not agree with you more (about the importance of community) and you’ve come to the right place! Surroundings, environment and community are the foundation of how LYL goes about helping make any change for our members. For starters check out our private Facebook community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/liveyourlegendlive/
And also we have our in person LYL Local communities all over the world. There will be a bigger update about those soon. But if you want to become a host in your hometown, we’d love to have you. Details here: liveyourlegendlocal.com/become-the-host/
Ngobesing RomanusPosted at 07:38h, 13 September
Thank you for wonderful inspiration. What you, what you say cannot leave anybody he same. Now I am different from when I came to his site.
I think you and your darling can organize a big inspirational conference in Cameroon during your trip to inspire thousands of people here.
For me, I want to go from country talking to talk to people about my belief that the world can be an excellent place for everybody to enjoy; and this can only happen if we put more effort to educate a majority of the world’s population to focus on bringing out the best in themselves. I want the world to know that education is the key to an excellent world and teachers, be they in formal or informal education, are the architects of the world. They form the people and the people shape the world.
I want people to know that the best is still to come and they can be part of he best if they are passionate about bringing out the best in themselves; get the right knowledge and use it to the best of their abilities.
ScottPosted at 08:22h, 18 September
Yeahhh Ngobesing! Could not have said it better. And we’d love to get out your way next year. We plan to spend some time around Africa, including go up Kilimanjaro, and I hope we can connect!
Also we’d love to have you host your own LYL Local event if you’re up for it. You sound like you’d make a great host. Details here: liveyourlegendlocal.com/become-the-host/
Joseph JamesonPosted at 21:32h, 13 September
You know, It’d be great to make a book out of blog comments. Everyone has a dream, everyone has this ideal for a perfect world, but so few of us think that one person alone makes any sort of difference. My quest? To move away from somewhere most people are dying to move TO. Even though it’s backwards to most people, and makes less sense to others, I found “home” in the most unlikely place, and I have to find my way back. It’s more than an adventure and it’s a tall order for a country who is picky about who they let in, but there you have it.
ScottPosted at 08:23h, 18 September
That would make a heck of a book indeed Joseph – and hopefully encourage more people to pursue them!
NivedithaPosted at 14:39h, 14 September
The quest that I’d like to start and finish before I die would be to introduce something that would empower the younger generation across the world to find their life purpose early on – by exposing them to various professions/jobs, getting them to experience it and taste it’s flavors before diving in.
And I’d like to recommend you and your wife to go on a 10-day silent meditation retreat (vipassana) .. The centres are located all over the world, but it’d be great if you could go to the one in India (a place called Igatpuri, near Mumbai/Pune, the place of origin).
Being an Indian, I’m biased 😉 all places in India would be a treat, for all the diversity you get to experience here – in terms of culture, food, languages, weather, nature, people and their tradition 🙂
P.S., if you happen to come to Bangalore, kindly let me know. Would love to meet you in person!
ScottPosted at 08:25h, 18 September
That’s already on my list Niveditha – and doing it in India certainly sounds like the perfect place. I hope we make it out and connect with the LYL Local folks in Bangalore!
AdewalePosted at 16:14h, 15 September
I wanted to say thanks for all your help.
I got to learn about blogging from you and through your blue host demonstration, I jumped right in and now own my website/ business.
I wanted to share with you how I connect with people, have gotten free stuff in the last 2 months, and got to present my business idea to a former multi millionaire dragon from the BBC dragons den. You can feel free to use my story to inspire your readers that anything is possible.
I looked for a way to contact you but couldn’t.
P’s I’m still at college and am only 20.
Plus I also connected with the girl I like and am going on date number 3 this Wednesday.
If interested then feel free to drop me an email.
Thanks for all your help bro in inspiring and educating me.
ScottPosted at 08:26h, 18 September
Sounds like some fun stories! Could be great for our reader spotlight. Fill out this form and hopefully we can feature you: http://bit.ly/OqGZiW
you can also always send a note to scott at liveyourlegend dot net
Paul RickenPosted at 15:54h, 16 September
The best adventure will be to create wonders, little and big ones each day. Living your miracles. Turning Your Miracle Switch on each day. Tapping into your Awesomeness and the Awesomeness in others. Unconditionally. I wrote about it today and made a PODCAST of it. Like I do each day. Today; article 167 of my journey; 365 Days Sharing Secrets of our Awesome Lives.
Create miracles together like Scott and all the others here are doin!
ScottPosted at 08:27h, 18 September
Now that sounds like something I could add to my daily list Paul!
Isaac BerglindPosted at 09:45h, 17 September
I’m dying to be a professional cellist someday. Music is my passion, there’s nothing else that can give me that sense of just feeling alive. To be a professional cellist takes most professionals 15-25 years before they reach that level, but I’m willing to continue along that road- I have never given up and I never will.
I also want to inspire change in people’s lives. Self-development has really changed my life for the better when I was going through some tough times earlier in my life. I want other people to experience the incredible transformation that I experienced through self-development.
ScottPosted at 08:29h, 18 September
Sounds like a worthy quest Isaac! And you might want to check out Josh Kauffman’s recent TEDx talk and book about The First 20 Hours & How to Learn Anything: http://youtu.be/5MgBikgcWnY
Paul RickenPosted at 04:30h, 18 September
The top 5 regrets people have, Discovered by Hospital workers……
1. I wished I hadn’t worked so hard.
2. I wished I stayed in touch with my friends.
3. I wished I had let myself be happier.
4. I wished I had the courage to express my true self.
5. I wished I’d lived a life true to my dreams instead of what others expected of me.
This is the essence. So, just do the opposite….!
ScottPosted at 08:29h, 18 September
I’ve read about these studies a number of times Paul. Scary. And exactly why LYL exists and why we’re all here to support each other do what actually matters!
MichellePosted at 08:07h, 22 September
I want to teach the world to love. I’m still learning what love is, but I want to share what I learn as I learn it with others. It’s a lifelong quest, but that’s what is nice about it. I will always have a quest to guide me!
AbelPosted at 09:06h, 23 September
they call me Arron Giligan i dont got a isla like Bill Gates im Seatle gilliarian what i not related to the first lady who maybe get angry with billy our last Boss before any Bush of Santa Monica not California the mis girl Languisty sorry my Finger not write good grammar
Elyse'Posted at 13:54h, 23 September
Ah, Scott! I’ve got it! This is great and I can’t wait to read Chris’s book.
The Quest: Visit a new studio and attend a Yoga class in all 50 states! Different styles welcome. Share about the experience on the blog and connect with others along the way!
The Why: To encourage and inspire… to meet new people — experience and appreciate all types of studios and classes! Maybe someone who has never taken a Yoga class before will be inspired by the community and purpose behind the practice and give it a try.
I just read your post about blogging and have been dabbling in it for quite some time. Sure am excited for the challenge, excited to find my voice and put myself out there to see what happens… Multi-passionate, nonconformist over here trying to find my way… TY for your work and for reminding me it is all possible! It IS possible…
Cheers LYL community — keep rocking! Elyse’
Bennetta- AnnPosted at 17:06h, 29 September
I love this quest! I just started doing yoga myself about 2 weeks ago myself. I hope i find your blog one day! Maybe we’ll be in the same class 😉
Penne MorganPosted at 06:06h, 25 September
I’ve been reading your posts and watching from the fringes and truthfully afraid to take any steps forward. I have the usual type quests of course: I want to go to every continent and at some point Bora Bora. I want to write a book; I’ve started a few and finished none. On a more humanitarian level I want to help the people like me who have lived their lives believing that can’t is an option. People who have allowed doubt and second-guessing and fear to control every decision. I believe our thoughts influence more than our conscious decisions and we get stuck where we are when we accept that we have no control over our own lives. It’s not necessarily about obtaining money or stuff but about believing we are truly capable of accomplishing our goals once can’t is no longer an option. Obviously this isn’t something I can help other people believe until my own life reflects it and that’s the path I’m on right now.
KevinPosted at 14:30h, 25 September
Life is all about not knowing. Things that we know are boring and get old. It’s like watching the same movie over and over again on a loop. You need to stop worrying about not knowing and be more curious. Aren’t you curious about how any of your books end? Aren’t you curious about whether or not any of those stories tie into each other? I am. Also, don’t feel bad about taking some time for yourself. Taking time for yourself is not the same as being lazy, or putting of things that must be done. Go take a vacation to another continent. Go take a day off from work so you can work on a book. Or simply, go help someone who is stuck. You are a great person to help others with this because right now you have the ability to lead by example. Just say “Watch me!”, and show them how it is done. Yeah you are afraid, but so is everyone else in the world.
SorenPosted at 05:49h, 27 September
This post really resonated with me.
You dinner party idea sounds like fun, maybe you could challenge the local dinner party attendees to go on their own quests and report back their stories.
Personally I am on a quest to cover all of my living expenses through blogging, and passing on what I learn.
ChanahPosted at 16:07h, 28 September
Hi Scott, I am recovering from major surgery and still having to take pain meds, so right now I can’t think of a quest for myself. I will sleep and do a meditation in the morning to help flush it out. I will also set the intention for this tonight before I got sleep.
As for you and your wife’s quest for next year, how about adding to it a bit? Find a wealthy town and come up with a challenge and they in turn, come up with a challenge for you. The challenge has to do with something that betters quality of life for the earth and citizens. Or go to an impoverished town and do a similar challenge that would be appropriate for them in terms of living a life of prosperity, what does this mean and how does it work? Then they come up with a challenge for you. Sorry if this is not more clear, but is all I can do for now and I really wanted to contribute.
By the way, I had a tumor removed from my pancreas and my gall bladder removed. Recovery is taking awhile but I am doing great. The tumor turned out to be one that does not become cancer and it was benign! Life is good 🙂 If things go as I hoped, I will have my energy back. I already feel better than I have in years.
Bennetta- AnnPosted at 17:03h, 29 September
I hope that one day I can inspire others to be the best version of themselves they can be and to shut the voice in their heads saying “you can’t” or “you shoudn’t” or “nobody cares”.
Thank you for inspiring so many others to Live their Legend and not just dream about it over their morning coffee. And this goes out to each and every one of you…not just Scott 🙂
I wish you the best in your ventures!
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