“Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.” – Pope Paul VI
This week we were incredibly honored to attend a beautiful memorial service for our dear friend, Scott Dinsmore, founder of Live Your Legend in San Francisco.
As we celebrated Scott’s life with many of his friends and family, we were also struck by the serendipity of life.
About four years ago we both took Scott’s ‘Live Off Your Passion’ course – desperate to find our calling in life, desperate to change things up and desperate to find others who ‘got’ us.
Scott Dinsmore provided the answer to the pain we both had and even though we were perfect strangers at the time, when our paths crossed in the online world through Live Your Legend, the rest is really history.
But as we said our final goodbyes to Scott this week, Leah was reminded of one of the questions in the ‘Live Off Your Passion’ coursework that always stuck in her mind:
‘What do you want people to say about you at your funeral?’
“I clearly remember the tears rolling down my cheeks as I read my answer to my husband. I was so moved by what was possible for my life and at the same time jolted by the shortness of life. I felt a sense of urgency for the first time.” – Leah
This question was the one that got us connected to the ‘why’ for our lives and propelled us forward to completing the course, following Scott’s work even more closely, becoming coaches on his courses, eventually starting and building RYPL, and travelling multiple times a year to the States to speak and run retreats, workshops and meetups.
And so as the tributes for Scott have been rolling in from thousands of people all over the world as well as moving acknowledgements at his memorial service this week it is clear that Scott got to make his unique impact in the world. I’m sure he would be blown away.
So what do YOU want people to say about you when you’re gone? Write it down somewhere and share it with others.
Join us in reverse engineering your life; because if you work backwards from how you want to be remembered, then you can shoot for exactly what you’re aiming for.
And please don’t wait to tell those you love or who have made a difference in your life how you feel and what they mean to you. Write and video your tributes to them NOW!
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