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Scott Dinsmore Scott Dinsmore entrepreneur. coach. congruency connoisseur.

Scott Dinsmore is an entrepreneur and coach who helps people discover passion and purpose through his coaching company, Live Your Legend, and his investment partnership, Cumbre Capital Partners. [http://liveyourlegend.net]

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What allows us to lead passionate lives is congruence with our values, purpose, mission, and unique strengths. That involves first knowing those things and then being able to do things that are in line with them.

I’ve done everything I can to lead a life absolutely bursting at the seams with passion. Both of my parents were adamant that I understand myself and do things that really matter to me, because that makes the biggest difference, impacting me and others in the strongest way.

Although some people stumble onto their passion, for others it can take a lot of work. It did for me. It took learning a lot about myself. A way to go about finding passion is this: No matter what you’re doing, learn all you can about yourself and what you’re good at, so you know what you like. When you do that, passion starts to overflow.

I’m constantly adding new tools to my toolbox, so I can do better and more meaningful work. If I fall out of alignment, stepping back and looking at what matters – even using something as simple as a list of values and a purpose statement – helps me reflect and decide whether whatever’s throwing me out of line with my purpose is really worth worrying about. Is this really that big of a deal? It’s a simple question. It can also help to ask it out loud to someone close.

Another thing that helps me get back on track and stay on track is being around other passionate people. It’s a great way to keep things exciting, to realize more about what’s possible, and to test limits. When I go out and actually do things I hadn’t thought were possible, I see that reality is a little different. It changes my mind and shifts me toward thinking the sky’s the limit.

Since high school, I’ve made my life an experiment of trying to figure out what experiences are positive for me and what experiences are negative – and doing more of the former and less of the latter. It comes down to knowing myself and my own definition of success. It’s about constantly learning and seeing and knowing what I’m really good at and what my natural strengths are. If I do what’s passionate for me and you do what’s passionate for you, we can change the world.

– Scott Dinsmore

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