How Long Is A Life? – The Importance of Living Your Passion

 

SAM_1386   Recently I have been getting the lesson more and more about how precious every day is in our lives. How priceless every opportunity for and moment of connecting with family, friends, neighbors and strangers is, and today is definitely extremely high on that scale.

Background – I had decided that I most definitely was going to share in today’s post about taking another “big” step in the direction of living my passion and sharing lessons and wisdoms I have learned throughout my life with the world, in hopes that it would be of great benefit to as many people as possible. I have been researching and contemplating options for various types of coaching programs and checking in with myself off and on to confirm that I really want to do this and am ready to do it at this time, in light of balancing that commitment with the rest of my present life.

A different program magically showed up in my email, but one co-created by one of my new favorite people, Lissa Rankin, MD, however it wasn’t really a coaching program; it was about being a visionary and how to bring that into reality (focusing on the business side of the process a lot). I thought about it, consulted with my beloved husband and life partner and had just taken the big step and pushed the button to join (even though I was very nervous to do so), when an email caught my eye, so I opened it.

It announced that one of my admired mentors and teachers, Scott Dinsmore, creator of the Live Your Legend blog and programs, passed away over the weekend.

He and his wife, Chelsea, had decided to travel around the world for a year, going many places they felt inspired to go to and meeting with members of his Live Your Legend Local groups all over the world. One of those things to do was climb Mt. Kilamanjaro in Tanzania. Unfortunately, some kind of accident happened and Scott was killed. I do not have any further details about how it happened at this time…

Because the topic was very hot for me at this time,  I had already decided to write about how vitally important it is to do work you love and continue to take steps and make changes, challenging yourself throughout your lifetime, but now it seemed even more important that I write about it in honor of this amazing man.

To give you a little more about Scott, his “About” page at Live Your Legend has the following quote:

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

– Howard Thurman

As well as Scott’s own write-up about his mission:

“I’m on a mission to change the world by helping people find what excites them and build a career around the work only they are capable of doing. Ten years ago, a demoralizing experience at a Fortune 500 job launched me on a quest to understand why 80% of adults hate the work they do, and more importantly, to identify what the other 20% were doing differently.” (read more here)

Scott had dedicated himself to creating blog posts, articles, local meetup groups around the world, online training programs, etc to support people in finding and doing what they love.

I first heard about Scott approximately 18-24 months ago in a conversation with a classmate, but didn’t visit his site or read anything about him or his material at that time. Then I received an email inviting me to participate in his 7-day blogging challenge and decided to try it out. This experience eventually led me to inviting Mami to co-write this blog and started me on the path to not only leaving the very stressful job I had been working at for 8 years, but also leaving a profession that was not really even in the category of my passion.

I went on to participate in several of Scott’s programs and was very inspired by them to do more and more to follow my passion. I was also introduced to several other really amazing teachers and admirable people, like Lissa Rankin, MD, through Scott.

Even though I never personally met Scott, to say that he touched my life would be a huge understatement. I, along with so many other Live Your Legend members, have been inspired and benefitted by his posts, his Ted Talk “How To Find And Do Work You Love” (which has several millions views on both YouTube and the TedTalks sites), his interviews of other really amazing and inspirational people, his kind, honest, loving personality and spirit and his courses (“For Makers, Doers and World Changers”).

Having shared all this, I just want to share some of the reasons people benefit from doing work they love. The article “12 Reasons To Do What You Love For A Living” lists such things as feeling more fulfilled, more productive, more motivated, you inspire and motivate others, your psychological well being and health improve, it inspires you to keep learning and improving, your work doesn’t feel like a chore and you not only serves other better but you are also more motivated to succeed.

Lissa Rankin, MD also posted in “Why Engaging In Work You Love Could Save Your Life” that “[a]nother recent study found that disenchanted, burned out employees developed heart disease at a 79% higher rate than those who liked their job.” (read more here)

In honor of Scott Dinsmore and all the other amazing people who are and have been making difficult choices, taking risks and doing a lot of hard work and innovative thinking to come up with their posts, articles, books and courses, I would like to encourage all of you to remember to tune in, listen to your heart and soul, observe your body as it speaks to you through your symptoms and sensations, and take steps to take care of the most important sweetie in your life – YOU!  Believe in your gifts, believe something amazing IS possible and KNOW that you can do it, whatever it is!

Start today, we never know how much time we have. And, remember to enjoy, appreciate, acknowledge and love those in our lives, we never know how many opportunities we will have to do this.

 

Blessings to you and thank you for all the loving parenting you do; it makes a better world, one Sweetie at a time.

Hug attached,

Koolma  : )

 

Do you work in a stressful or soul-sucking job (or have you)?    Have you had physical or emotional symptoms that resolved after leaving a job?   Have you left a job and found a more fulfilling one or started your own business that you are highly inspired and fulfilled by?

We’d love to hear from you, so please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section so we can help each other; remember, we are all in this together!

 

 

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  1. October 5, 2015

    […] teachers, Scott Dinsmore, age 32, due to an accident while climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro (see my post here), just to name a […]

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