Scott Dinsmore: How to Find the Work You Love

Quote of the Day:

Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day. Jim Rohn

This is a wonderful TedTalk about such an important topic. If you are not happy working in your current career choice, challenge yourself and investigate what it is you really want to do and how will you achieve that dream career.

Scott-DinsmoreScott Dinsmore: How to find work you love

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Highlights from Scott’s talk

The more time I spent around these people and saw this problem, I thought, what if we could create a community, a place where people could feel like they belonged and that it was OK to do things differently, to take the road less traveled, where that was encouraged, and inspire people to change? And that later became what I now call Live Your Legend, which I’ll explain in a little bit. But as I’ve made these discoveries, I noticed a framework of really three simple things that all these different passionate world-changers have in common, whether you’re a Steve Jobs or if you’re just, you know, the person that has the bakery down the street. But you’re doing work that embodies who you are. I want to share those three with you, so we can use them as a lens for the rest of today and hopefully the rest of our life.

The first part of this three-step passionate work framework is becoming a self-expert and understanding yourself, because if you don’t know what you’re looking for, you’re never going to find it.
And so the first step of our compass is finding out what our unique strengths are. What are the things that we wake up loving to do no matter what, whether we’re paid or we’re not paid, the things that people thank us for?

And next, what’s our framework or our hierarchy for making decisions? Do we care about the people, our family, health, or is it achievement, success, all this stuff? We have to figure out what it is to make these decisions, so we know what our soul is made of, so that we don’t go selling it to some cause we don’t give a shit about.

And then the next step is our experiences. All of us have these experiences. We learn things every day, every minute about what we love, what we hate, what we’re good at, what we’re terrible at. And if we don’t spend time paying attention to that and assimilating that learning and applying it to the rest of our lives, it’s all for nothing. Every day, every week, every month of every year I spend some time just reflecting on what went right, what went wrong, and what do I want to repeat, what can I apply more to my life.

We have to do our work on ourself, be intentional about that, and make those discoveries. Because I imagine a world where 80 percent of people love the work they do. What would that look like? What would the innovation be like? How would you treat the people around you? Things would start to change.

And as we finish up, I have just one question to ask you guys, and I think it’s the only question that matters. And it’s what is the work you can’t not do? Discover that, live it, not just for you, but for everybody around you, because that is what starts to change the world.

What is the work you can’t not do?

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