You hear something. You see something. You do something.
And afterwards, your life is never the same again.
Sounds clichéd? Yes. But is it true? Absolutely.
A reliable source of all this life-changing stuff is TED.com. What is TED? TED is an organisation full of inspiring people that give talks on…. well, anything and everything. TED’s tagline “Ideas Worth Spreading.”
Body language, farming, swimming in the North Pole…
Whatever floats your inspirational boat.
On Dream Big Start Small, we’re going to look at the best of TED.
And to kick off this TED marathon, let’s start with an issue that everyone wrestles with.
Without further ado, here’s the best 17 minutes you’ll ever spend.
Grab your popcorn.
“How to Find and Do Work You Love” by Scott Dinsmore.
Phew! How awesome was that!
What a treasure trove of material to use!
Let’s go over what went down in the video, and go over the steps we can take in our lives to find and do work that we love.
Let’s go through exactly what went down, then apply what we’ve just learned to find and do work that they love.
Scott gets told the worst career advice ever
“Scott, don’t worry about the work you’re doing right now. It’s all about building your resume.”
Scott takes job in big-ass financial company. Atta boy.
2 months down the line, he hates his job.
Then, some advice from investment-guru Warren Buffet
“Taking jobs to build up your resume is the same as saving up sex until old age.”
2 weeks later he quits, and starts LiveYourLegend.net – a business helping people to find their passion.
For the next 4 years, he ploughs everything he has into his business. But, with zero growth, he’s ready to pack it all in.
But then, just before he hangs up his hat, he moves to San Francisco, and finds himself surrounded by super-passionate, inspiring people.
Scott fills his life with these people; going for beers, doing workouts….
After seeing the seemingly “impossible” lives the others live, his mindset changes from “How can I possibly do this?” to “How can I possibly NOT do this?”
In the next 12 months, LiveYourLegend grows 160x, and goes on to become the kick-ass movement across 158 countries that it is today.
3 Steps YOU can Take to Find and Do What You Love.
“What is the work you can’t not do?” – Scott Dinsmore.
Here’s 3 things Scott found that extraordinary people take when chasing their dreams.
- Become a self-expert.
“If you don’t know what you’re looking for, you’re never going to find it.”
Do you really know yourself? Try out these 3 things:
Find your unique strengths.
Right now, what are you good at? What are you bad at?
If you love doing something you’re good at, then congrats my friend, you’re ready to go find an awesome job.
If you love doing something you’re not so good at, then congrats my friend, you’ve got some character-building work to do.
Identify Your Values.
What values do you live by? If you make a decision, why does one choice feel right and the other wrong? What is truly important to you?
Find your values, and you’ll know which jobs will make you happy, and which jobs will be soul-sucking.
To see every value under the sun, check here.
Reflect on your experiences.
What have you learned from your experiences? Where have you failed, and why? Where have you succeeded, and why? Look back at the past week, the past month, and the past year. What would you do differently?
What have you learned?
Step #1: Become a self-expert.
Find your strengths and weaknesses, Identify your values, Reflect on your experiences.
- Do YOUR Impossible.
Right now, what do you think is impossible? What, do you think, is physically impossible for you?
Maybe it’s running 5 miles. Or sky diving. Or swimming across Loch Indaal. Or competing in Ju-Jitsu. Or bench pressing 50kg. Or walking the West Highland Way.
Find something that you think is physically impossible for you.
Then, break this goal down into tiny actionable steps.
The classic example is running a marathon.
Break it down, mile by mile. First, make your goal running a mile. Then 2. Then 3…. Break it down into 100 metre blocks if you have to. Or run for 30seconds. Then a minute. Then 3 weeks later 5 minutes….
Dream Big. But Start Small.
Take a seemingly “impossible” physical goal, then take tiny steps towards it.
Do YOUR Impossible.
Why a physical goal?
It’s usually simpler. The results are much easier to measure. The actionable steps are easier to identify.
Achieve your physical goal, and then your success can be translated into every area of your life.
You’ve ran that marathon. You’ve swam across that Loch. You’ve bench pressed that shit. You’ve faced your fear of heights.
Now, your impossibility of starting your own business, or living in a new country, or writing a blog, or starting a new relationship doesn’t look so scary after all.
Step #2: Do YOUR Impossible. Identify a goal, and take tiny steps towards it.
And the easiest way to start conquering your “impossibles”….
- Surround yourself with inspiring people.
“You are the average of the 5 people who you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn.
People like to be on the same level as those that surround them. Look at the people who surround YOU. Are they dragging you down, or pulling you up?
And if 80% of people around you hate their jobs, how are they affecting you?
It may sound harsh, but cut them out of your life. Replace them with people who inspire you.
“Environment is everything.”
And it’s completely under your control.
You can make new friends. You can change where you live. You can fill your room with inspiring posters. You can listen to motivational podcasts. You can read life-changing books. You can hang out with people who inspire you.
“You can either surround yourself with people who tell you it can’t be done, or by people who inspire possibility.”
Choose the latter, and break through your impossible.
Step #3: Surround yourself with inspiring people. Environment is everything.
Takeaway: How to find and do work you love
“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?” – Warren Buffet
3 Actionable Steps:
- Become a self expert.
- Find your strengths and weaknesses.
- Identify your values.
- Learn from your experiences.
- Do YOUR Impossible. Start with your “impossible” physical goal. Then take tiny steps towards it.
- Surround yourself with people who inspire possibility. Environment is everything.
“You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn.
“What is the work that you can’t not do?” – Scott Dinsmore.
What an awesome talk. Thanks, of course, to Scott Dinsmore for 17 minutes of pure inspiration. The world needs more people like Scott.
What do you think about Scott’s talk? Has it made you think? What about the action steps? Join the discussion on our Facebook group.
Watch the video again a couple days, weeks or months later to let it fully sink in.
In the next posts, we’ll get into the nitty gritty of these 3 action steps, so that we can get stuck in with applying them to what we’re doing.
See you then!
Dream Big Start Small!
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