If there has ever been a champion for living and working with purpose, Scott Dismore was it.
The young entrepreneur’s entire life, mission and organisation – aptly named, Live Your Legend – were all centred around this axiom. After conducting research with thousands of employees to find out what really lit them up, he left his job at a Fortune 500 company to start his own enterprise, which would inspire and support people to make their own unique mark on the world, in the best way we each know how to: using our natural strengths, passions and talent. All three of which Scott possessed by the truck load.
This week marks the one year anniversary of his tragic death while on a year-long trek around the world. Scott lived a fuller life in 33 years than many people do in 83; and he continues to leave a meaningful and lasting legacy, having connected over 100,000 Live Your Legend members who continue the work he began.
In celebration of this, we have collated five timeless examples of Scott’s wisdom from his 2012 TEDx talk in San Francisco to help us gain more from every single day we’re privileged to be given.
On seizing the moment: (Paraphrasing Warren Buffet)
“There comes a time when you ought to start doing what you want. Take a job that you love. You will jump out of bed in the morning. I think you are out of your mind if you keep taking jobs that you don’t like because you think it will look good on your resume. Isn’t that a little like saving up sex for your old age?”
“Everything was impossible until somebody did it. Every invention, every new thing in the world, people thought were crazy at first.”
On finding your ‘thing’(s):
“Become a self-expert.” Identify your key strengths and the things people thank you for. If you don’t already know them, StrengthsFinder 2.0 is a book and an online tool that will help you sort out what it is that you’re naturally good at.
On the company you keep:
“There’s no bigger life hack to get from where you are to where you want to be than the people you choose to put in your corner.” As Jim Rohn says, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Choose them wisely.
On seeking inspiration anywhere:
It doesn’t matter what it is you’re into, what passion, what hobby, it’s just important that you give some time to it. “If you’re into knitting, you can find someone who is killing it at knitting, and you can learn from them – it’s wild.”
For more, watch him here speaking on ‘How to find work you love.’