25 Ways to Live Your Legend Now – A Tribute to Scott Dinsmore

Posted on / by Natalie Sisson / in Entrepreneurs / 50 comments

I’m nothing short of shocked and devastated today at the loss of my good friend Scott Dinsmore who died while hiking Mt Kilimanjaro this weekend.

It’s just too hard to believe.

He was around 215 days in on an amazing, year long, round the world trip with his lovely wife Chelsea, and just over a week ago he took his first digital sabbatical in 5 years.

Scott is the founder of Live Your Legend and he’s inspired tens of thousands of people through this work and his fantastic TEDx talk that’s been viewed by millions:

How to find and do work you love

He truly lives and breathed his core values of freedom, passion, a huge desire for learning and improvement and gave so much energy to everything he did, and everybody he encountered.

I first met him at the very first World Domination Summit in 2011 along with several other special people as we took off in a group to spend the evening out on the town.

I hadn’t yet spoken to Scott one on one, and I remember the moment vividly as I had just bought a round of tequila shots for my ‘new friends’ and after the toast he said to me:

“So Natalie Sisson, tell me what makes you tick, what are you passionate about”.

I recall being surprised at the intensity of the question and the genuineness behind Scott really wanting to get to know me.

It was the first of many indepth conversations we had about life, work and making an impact and it was so indicative of Scott to go all in from the get go …and some serious dance sessions.

He was one of my earliest guests on my podcast about how to Live Your Legend and Discover your Passion as I knew he had so much to say and share that my community needed to hear.

He was also the only person that could talk about passion with real conviction and get people real results, around a time that everyone was talking about ‘finding your passion and purpose’ but using it as lip service. That’s what I loved about Scott.

He supported my $100 Change program and even featured me on his blog as one of 10 normal people doing extraordinary things to help spread the word further for my initiative.

And when I asked him if he’d speak at my San Francisco Book Launch event in 2013 he was only too happy to do so and even came up with extra ideas on how to make it more valuable for those attending.

Scott Dinsmore and Natalie Sisson San Francisco

That was so Scott. Always at 110% or more on every level.

I was truly touched that before he set off on his world tour and adventure he reached out for my top tips on traveling, packing and life on the road.

I truly expected to cross paths with him on both our adventures this year but looks like I’ll have to reserve that wonderful moment for the next lifetime.

So instead I wanted to create a tribute to Scott, who left this world way too early at just 29 years young.

29 Ways to Live Your Legend Now

I hope the following serve to fuel your day and get you to take action to live your legend, do the work you love, be with the people you love and most importantly live life to the full.

This is inspired by time spent with Scott and the wonderful wisdom in his blog posts and TEDx video (which I directly quoted from a few time below) and by how his passing has directly impacted me and left me feeling about life:

  1. Life is a gift. Be grateful for it every day.
  2. Give your very best. Period. The world will thank you for it.
  3. Never stop learning. Stay curious. It makes life so much more enriching.
  4. Build a community of passionate people and bring them together often.
  5. Change your surroundings. Change your world.
  6. Push your limits and learn your own impossible.
  7. Spend time with people who inspire possibility.
  8. Don’t hang out with people who bring you down.
  9. If you don’t like your job? Quit it now. Do what you love.
  10. Learn from everyone. Every single person can teach you something.
  11. Do something that matters to you.
  12. Make an impact that only you can make.
  13. What seems impossible can become the new norm.
  14. Be intentional daily.
  15. Work on yourself and always improve.
  16. Discover the work you can’t NOT do. Live it.
  17. Dance like nobody’s watching.
  18. Love boldly.
  19. Step outside to play, explore and be with the people standing next to you.
  20. Show up and do the work.
  21. Take time to pause. Go off the grid. Disconnect.
  22. Life is an experiment. Push and test new boundaries
  23. Learn by doing. Make taking action your priority.
  24. We are all leaders. We are all followers. Dance together.
  25. Be the change!

Scott Dinsmore living his legend

This was the last post Scott had put out on Facebook and Instagram and I think it truly speaks to the passion he live life with. Let’s celebrate his life by doing it justice and making the most of every single second we have here on earth to be legendary, and live our legend.

  • Beautiful Tribute Natalie. Your 29 Ways is a beautiful reflection of how we would all love to live our lives. He only touched my life briefly and even though it was an online presence it was powerful. His joy of life was infectious. Much love.

    • So glad to hear you had that brief but beautiful moment Brigid. xx

  • Beautiful Tribute Natalie. Your 29 Ways is a beautiful reflection of how we would all love to live our lives. He only touched my life briefly and even though it was an online presence it was powerful. His joy of life was infectious. Much love.

    • So glad to hear you had that brief but beautiful moment Brigid. xx

  • Beautiful Natalie! He and you were the impetus for my doing what I’m doing and I’m absolutely gutted and resolute at the same time to take up the pieces of his baton that he has scattered to all of us he touched and carry his message on! My many hugs to you and all of Scott and Chelsea’s family and friends, and extra blessings upon Chelsea! Thank you for all you do! xo

    • Thank you Kimberly. I’m so glad we can carry his message on and I know thousands of others will too. Especially extra blessings to his wife and family.

  • Beautiful Natalie! He and you were the impetus for my doing what I’m doing and I’m absolutely gutted and resolute at the same time to take up the pieces of his baton that he has scattered to all of us he touched and carry his message on! My many hugs to you and all of Scott and Chelsea’s family and friends, and extra blessings upon Chelsea! Thank you for all you do! xo

    • Thank you Kimberly. I’m so glad we can carry his message on and I know thousands of others will too. Especially extra blessings to his wife and family.

  • Hi Natalie,

    Great and touching post here. I certainly had goosebumps reading this. It is always a shock when friends or family leave all of a sudden. For me, this started a few years ago when a friend of mine passed away after an accident while riding his bike. It always keeps me reminded that our time here is limited and that we should do the what we want to do to the best of our abilities.

    I liked the 29 list of things; can’t say I’m doing all of it, but certainly working towards that direction!

    Paul

    • It certainly is a wake up call to check in with how you truly are living your life, to be grateful for the people you have in your life and the times you can spend together, and to appreciate every second on this earth. I am glad your friend has left his mark by inspiring you to lead your best life.

      It’s also a pretty hefty list but one I hope we can all work towards.

  • Hi Natalie,

    Great and touching post here. I certainly had goosebumps reading this. It is always a shock when friends or family leave all of a sudden. For me, this started a few years ago when a friend of mine passed away after an accident while riding his bike. It always keeps me reminded that our time here is limited and that we should do the what we want to do to the best of our abilities.

    I liked the 29 list of things; can’t say I’m doing all of it, but certainly working towards that direction!

    Paul

    • It certainly is a wake up call to check in with how you truly are living your life, to be grateful for the people you have in your life and the times you can spend together, and to appreciate every second on this earth. I am glad your friend has left his mark by inspiring you to lead your best life.

      It’s also a pretty hefty list but one I hope we can all work towards.

  • Hi Natalie, Really admire your strength to post this about your friend – it is such a jolt to our lives when our friends are no longer around.
    I like #14 – Be intentional daily – and have found that setting an intention each morning is great for maintaining focus and productivity.

    • Thanks Bren. It was cathartic to remember and celebrate Scott when I heard the news. I also like No #14 I intend to practice it daily too

  • Hi Natalie, Really admire your strength to post this about your friend – it is such a jolt to our lives when our friends are no longer around.
    I like #14 – Be intentional daily – and have found that setting an intention each morning is great for maintaining focus and productivity.

    • Thanks Bren. It was cathartic to remember and celebrate Scott when I heard the news. I also like No #14 I intend to practice it daily too

  • Beautiful tribute, Natalie. I remember your book signing in San Francisco. That was a great evening and I’ll cherish the memory of the evening.

    • Thanks John. It was indeed a great evening. I was so touched so many came out and honored to have Corbett and Scott there to speak. Very special time in my life

  • Beautiful tribute, Natalie. I remember your book signing in San Francisco. That was a great evening and I’ll cherish the memory of the evening.

    • Thanks John. It was indeed a great evening. I was so touched so many came out and honored to have Corbett and Scott there to speak. Very special time in my life

  • Hi Natalie. Thanks for sharing this with us and I can see what an impact he had on your life. I never met Scott, but his work inspired my to get started a few years ago as I was searching for my passion. He was someone I looked up to and found inspiration in his work. I was so shocked to hear about his accident and even though I didn’t know him, felt a strange sense of loss. It’s incredibly sad and also forces us to think about our own mortality; a harsh reminder to live each day as it comes…

  • Hi Natalie. Thanks for sharing this with us and I can see what an impact he had on your life. I never met Scott, but his work inspired my to get started a few years ago as I was searching for my passion. He was someone I looked up to and found inspiration in his work. I was so shocked to hear about his accident and even though I didn’t know him, felt a strange sense of loss. It’s incredibly sad and also forces us to think about our own mortality; a harsh reminder to live each day as it comes…

  • Atul

    Omg, what happen to him? How did he died?

  • Atul

    Omg, what happen to him? How did he died?

  • Michael Merrill

    Great tribute Natalie. So sad to hear this. I loved what he was doing and what he has done. I’m glad to know he has left behind so much richness through his talks and writings.

  • Great tribute Natalie. So sad to hear this. I loved what he was doing and what he has done. I’m glad to know he has left behind so much richness through his talks and writings.

  • Far too young. Impressed how he supported and inspired you. Beautifull tribute.#17 made me smile, thinking at Barcelona! And to check in again on all those on the list.

  • Far too young. Impressed how he supported and inspired you. Beautifull tribute.#17 made me smile, thinking at Barcelona! And to check in again on all those on the list.

  • Faraz Haider

    This was really heartfelt Natalie. Sorry for your loss – sad when something like this happens to a person so passionate, so committed, so full of life.

    I followed LYL for while and many of Scott’s posts / resources resonated with me (especially his poster “The Creed of Living Legends”).

    Will certainly do more of 4,7, 15 & 16 to honor Scott’s legacy.

  • Faraz Haider

    This was really heartfelt Natalie. Sorry for your loss – sad when something like this happens to a person so passionate, so committed, so full of life.

    I followed LYL for while and many of Scott’s posts / resources resonated with me (especially his poster “The Creed of Living Legends”).

    Will certainly do more of 4,7, 15 & 16 to honor Scott’s legacy.

  • Beautiful tribute, Natalie. He did have a magic about him and I always enjoyed listening to his share his fire and zest for life. I am sure he will be missed here on Earth, but Heaven is rejoicing.

  • Beautiful tribute, Natalie. He did have a magic about him and I always enjoyed listening to his share his fire and zest for life. I am sure he will be missed here on Earth, but Heaven is rejoicing.

  • Thank you for this wonderful tribute, Natalie.
    I found you and your work after becoming a part of Live Your Legend. Scott’s TED talk is what has led me down this path, and I’ll forever be thankful for it.
    Unfortunately, I can’t thank Scott personally, but I do want to thank you for everything you’re doing, and can’t wait to say thank you in person.

  • Thank you for this wonderful tribute, Natalie.
    I found you and your work after becoming a part of Live Your Legend. Scott’s TED talk is what has led me down this path, and I’ll forever be thankful for it.
    Unfortunately, I can’t thank Scott personally, but I do want to thank you for everything you’re doing, and can’t wait to say thank you in person.

  • Juan Barberis

    Thank you, Natalie, for such a well-written post. Happy to see that Scott’s spirit lives in you and others! : )

  • Juan Barberis

    Thank you, Natalie, for such a well-written post. Happy to see that Scott’s spirit lives in you and others! : )

  • Natalie…Thanks for sharing the life of your friend truly inspirational the way he lived his life…his life is an example to follow! Thank you so much for this

  • Natalie…Thanks for sharing the life of your friend truly inspirational the way he lived his life…his life is an example to follow! Thank you so much for this

  • Thanks for sharing Natalie and for making sure Scott’s spirit lives on through your inspiring list of “29 Ways to Live Your Legend Now” (although I can only see 25 on the list). You hit the mark, may you continue to live your legend……” Carpe Diem”

  • Thanks for sharing Natalie and for making sure Scott’s spirit lives on through your inspiring list of “29 Ways to Live Your Legend Now” (although I can only see 25 on the list). You hit the mark, may you continue to live your legend……” Carpe Diem”

  • Maria Nicholas

    Wow, this is beautiful Natalie. I’m so sorry for your loss. He seemed like an incredible human spirit and a great inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing <3

  • Maria Nicholas

    Wow, this is beautiful Natalie. I’m so sorry for your loss. He seemed like an incredible human spirit and a great inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing <3

  • Denise Toffey

    I have a much deeper understanding of what people mean when they say “Gone too soon”. Thanks for sharing your experience of Scott with us as well as this wonderful list.

  • Denise Toffey

    I have a much deeper understanding of what people mean when they say “Gone too soon”. Thanks for sharing your experience of Scott with us as well as this wonderful list.

  • He is greatly missed by everyone he touched. I met him at 3 WDS events and his energy and smile were always infectious. *note: I think he was 33 though?*

    RIP Scott you’ve left a legend behind and hole that won’t soon be filled.

  • He is greatly missed by everyone he touched. I met him at 3 WDS events and his energy and smile were always infectious. *note: I think he was 33 though?*

    RIP Scott you’ve left a legend behind and hole that won’t soon be filled.

  • angelabancilhon

    Scott was such an inspiration…how wonderful that you got to meet each other. xx

  • angelabancilhon

    Scott was such an inspiration…how wonderful that you got to meet each other. xx

  • Scott was an amazing gift to the world and is sorely missed by millions. He lived a truly legendary life. Thank you for this wonderful tribute.

  • Scott was an amazing gift to the world and is sorely missed by millions. He lived a truly legendary life. Thank you for this wonderful tribute.

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