I lost a friend this weekend.
The world lost a vibrant, amazing, passionate teacher and thought leader.
Scott Dinsmore was the creator of the blog Live Your Legend and had a worldwide presence with his LYL communities in cities across the globe.
Scott and his wife Chelsea have been on a spectacular around the world tour, posting their various adventures along the way on Facebook and on his blog. Along with thousands of others, I've been following his extraordinary adventures and experiences as they move from town to town and country to country.
Scott died this weekend in an accident while hiking Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. He was 33-years-old. This was his last post on Facebook before going off the grid with Chelsea to begin the hike:
Leaving Cappadocia in absolute awe, and realizing I never lost my childhood wonder for balloons (and caves). Floating up and down in one of these babies for an hour allowed us to catch 4 sunrises in one morning! (And take a nap at 7am. Onward to Tanzania and then Off The Grid as we head up Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Scott didn't lose his childhood wonder, and his joie de vivre was infectious. You wanted to be part of Scott's world. And he wanted everyone in the world to live with the same kind of passion and joy that infused his entire being and the way he lived his life.
Scott and I shared a passion for helping people discover their life passions and find meaningful work. We met several years ago when both of us were brand new bloggers, having joined the same blogging club and course. It was run by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits (see Leo's beautiful tribute to Scott here). Leo and Scott both lived in San Fransisco and have become best friends over the last five years.
After “graduating” from Leo's course, Scott and I worked together on an online magazine that I edited called The Daily Brainstorm. At the time, he wasn't getting much traction with his first blog called Reading For Success, and I had gained just a modest amount of success with mine.
We talked regularly and would pick each other's brains on how to grow our blogs and businesses and how we could partner to share one another's products and courses. Eventually, though, Scott soared to a-list status when he created Live Your Legend. His desire to connect with anyone and everyone, to stand up on the TED stage and passionately talk about passion, and to actively support people around the world, made him a shining star and stand-out as an online presence.
The thing about Scott was he was just so damned nice. Here's this extremely handsome, successful, well-known online personality, and he was just a regular, “aw shucks” kinda guy. He was genuine and authentic. He wanted to make a difference in the world. He DID make a difference. He lived his legend.
I didn't know Chelsea, but I am heartbroken for her. They were clearly so deeply in love and enjoying such an amazing life together. They were in the prime of their lives, and this shouldn't have happened.
I didn't know Scott's parents, but it was clear from his Facebook posts that he loved them so much, and that they were a huge part of his life. I do know Leo, and many other of his good friends who worked closely with him online. I know they are suffering with shock and devastation right now, and I hope you'll join me in sending Scott's family and friends your healing thoughts and prayers.
Scott's key message on Live Your Legend highlighted the life-changing, world-altering power of people finding and living their life passions. Here's a quote from his site about it:
I BELIEVE THAT THE WORLD WOULD BE AN ALTOGETHER DIFFERENT PLACE IF WE ALL DID WORK THAT ACTUALLY MATTERED TO US. BECAUSE WHEN WE FOCUS OUR TIME AND TALENTS ON THE WORK THAT MEANS SOMETHING TO US, IT STARTS TO MATTER TO THOSE AROUND US AS WELL. THAT’S WHAT STARTS TO CHANGE THE WORLD.
There is no doubt Scott lived his passion. There's no doubt he inspired thousands of others to do the same. If Scott's life inspires you in any way, if his death perplexes and confounds you as it does me, I invite you to consider the brevity of life and allow the shock and awe of that cruel reality to awaken you to your life passion.
Go find your passion. Don't waste a single minute. Seize life by the horns as Scott did and live your own legend.