It’s with a heavy heart that I write this blog post as a tribute to the late Scott Dinsmore.
I’m still in disbelief that he’s gone.
That I’ll never see him, speak with him, or get an email from him again.
I’m devastated by his loss as are countless others from all over the world whose lives Scott’s work has impacted.
Living His Legend
Scott and his wife Chelsea were 8 months into a trip of a lifetime. A one year around the world trip they had talked about and planned for years.
While attempting to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania with Chelsea, a freak accident (rock slide) claimed Scott’s life. Just like that, gone – forever.
I’m angry, I’m pissed, and still in disbelief.
As sad as I’ve been and as many tears as I’ve shed since getting the word about Scott, I can’t begin to imagine the pain and hurt that his wife Chelsea, family, and close friends must be feeling.
I cringe at the thought of it.
I first came across Scott and his work at Live Your Legend about 3 years ago. It wasn’t took long after that I watched his TEDx talk on How to Find an Do Work You Love, which now has nearly 3 million views.
If you’ve never watched it, do yourself a favor and do so right now.
It didn’t take me long to realize that Scott was special, a different type of breed, of a completely different caliber.
His work, writing, messages, all he stood for, and more than anything, how he lived his life, immediately grabbed my attention.
Scott believed that together, we could all change the world by doing work we loved, work that matters to us and surrounding ourselves with the people who could help make it possible.
Scott’s enthusiasm for what he believed was infectious.
Settling for the status quo seemed to never be an option with Scott. He had a knack for motivating and inspiring people, myself included, to ditch their dead-end jobs in favor of finding work they were meant to do, work that mattered to them.
He believed it wasn’t only a privilege to do so, but a right.
Scott Being Scott
Before I ever even met Scott, I reached out to him for guidance via email as I was deciding on what direction to go in long before The Wellness Bucket ever came to be.
To my surprise, he would email me back every single time.
Just about a year later, I would go through his Connect With Anyone course where I not only got to connect more with Scott and develop an awesome friendship with him, but also meet so many amazing people from all over the world whose friendships are still a big part of my world.
I remember before actually taking Scott’s Connect With Anyone course I was also debating attending World Domination Summit. Financially, I wouldn’t be able to do both.
Once again, I reached out to Scott and asked if he were in my shoes, would he take his Connect With Anyone course or attend WDS?
He of course said as much as he’d love to have me take his course, he thought I would be better off attending WDS…as he put it, “it is a mecca for connecting with like minds.“
I not only took his advice and attended WDS, but I also decided to do whatever I needed to do financially to register for his course – which I did.
His honesty and humility was incredible.
When I finally did meet him at WDS, as I walked up to him to introduce myself, I can still hear his voice say, “MIKE! Hey man!” With such genuine enthusiasm and excitement.
He knew who I was, remembered my name, and greeted me as if we had been best friends for years.
That was Scott – that’ll always be Scott.
Gone To Soon
I really do wish I would have gotten the opportunity to spend more time with him. I always felt we would have clicked really well as friends and together, done some serious damage in the way of doing good in this world.
I always saw bits of me in Scott – or at least I hoped that to be the case.
I love the fact he did what he wanted to do, always put himself out there, and embraced vulnerability.
He was who he was, no facade.
He cared, he genuinely cared about people and making a difference.
He was giving, grateful, and ridiculously humble – so freakin humble.
We both shared the same birthday (April 3rd) and just recently, I found out that he too was a big Tupac fan (haha) I never knew that. It made me smile.
As silly as it may sound because of the limited time I did hang out and communicate with Scott, to me he was like the brother I never had or always wished that I had.
I Hate That He’s Gone
I rarely, if ever, use the word hate – although in this case, I really do hate the fact that Scott is gone. I hate it.
I know at some point I will break out of this lull I’m currently in. It’s definitely going to take some time.
I am more committed now than ever before to help serve others, to continue doing work that truly matters to me, to help make a positive lasting difference in the lives of others, and to live my legend – the legend that I was put on this earth to live.
So Much Love
It’s amazing to see and read all of the stories, pictures, and personal messages from everyone who was in some way or another, touched, inspired, or affected by who Scott was, the way he lived, and all that he created.
I’ve been glued to his Facebook tribute page and in awe at the surge of messages that continue to pour in honoring him and the legacy he leaves behind.
Many of his closest friends have also written heart felt tributes. Here’s just a few of them:
Scott Dinsmore, I Will Miss You Forever by Corbett Barr
Scott Dinsmore, I Miss You Bro by Jonathan Mead
Scott Dinsmore, I Miss You Deeply by Leo Babauta
When An Internet Friend Dies by Chase Reeves
Scott Dinsmore by Tynan
29 Ways to Live Your Legend Now – A Tribute to Scott Dinsmore by Natalie Sisson
Live Your Legend – For Scott by Jenny Blake
Family & Friends
My deepest and sincerest sympathies go out to his wife Chelsea, her family, Scott’s family, and all of you (all of us) his extended family, all of the LYL communities that span the globe.
It’s a tough time for all of us right now.
Live Your Legend
Scott may be gone but what isn’t gone and never will be, is the messages, memories, and experiences he left behind.
THAT, no one can ever take away from us.
Your legecy will forever live on my friend. I am forever grateful that our paths crossed.
I miss you dearly Scott, my heart hurts at the moment and will for quite some time.
But know this… I am committed to making sure your spirit, your legacy, your legend lives on forever by continuing to challenge what’s possible, as you always did.
I promise to do you proud.
Until we meet again, and as you would always say…