Imagine you’re eight years old and your third grade teacher tells you, “You won’t amount to much in life. Maybe you have had someone in your life like that, who told you to dream smaller, who said you weren’t good enough, or perhaps that you simply would never be good at a particular thing: whether that was academia, sports, speaking, creativity, spelling, math, drama or any other skill.
As little children we lack the self-awareness to separate ourselves from the stories we get told and we unknowingly accept them as truth. This week get ready to be fired up, pumped up and inspired beyond belief by Mike’s transformation and learn how he overcame this debilitating story of being labelled ‘below average’ to today believing he can take on any challenge thrown his way.
His journey spans thirty years from having almost zero confidence in himself in his younger years, to today running his own wellness coaching business, hosting fit camps across the United States, and transitioning from office-based to location independent at his day job in sales – which brings him the kind of choice and freedom most dream about! He’s also a runner, marathoner, ultra marathoner, men’s physique competitor, Fit Camp leader, Live Your Legend Local Host, Connect With Anyone Graduate, and easily one of the most inspired people we know!
Everyone I knew was working a 9-5 job for corporate America and had no desire to explore doing work that they loved and mattered to them. Mike then started to realize he wanted to create an online community of his own, an online business, and something where he could help people feel and live their best regardless of where they lived. Mike decided to take his first LYL course, How to Connect with Anyone, and joined one of the mastermind groups where he got access to group coaching.
It was during this experience that Mike developed what he calls a ‘winning mindset’ and where he connected powerfully with people like Chris Brogan, Sean Ogle, Chris Guillebeau, John Lee Dumas, Keith Ferrazzi, and many others.
Join us in this highly charged interview with Mike as we get very real about what it took for him to make his impact on the world and finally live his legend. He surrounded himself with like-minded and positive people who could help him along his journey and took lots of imperfect action to boost his confidence! Just like Alyssa, Matias, Ben and Ellen did. Walking through the doors and into his cubicle that felt cold, impersonal, and just not ‘him’. Having just moved to a new city he didn’t know anyone other than the people he worked with at his sales job. Plus I never actually thought that I had what it took to create the business and life I wanted for myself. I had never stopped to take a look and seriously consider what I had done and was doing until that moment. I flashed back to countless other moments where I had achieved and just thought nothing of it. I’ve always felt, even to this day, that all the content and messages from LYL are written specifically for me. Because of this and because of the huge trust I developed in Scott and all the community did and stood for, I felt like I could trust the suggestions, recommendations, and advice on what to do and how to move forward to begin doing more of the work I loved and couldn’t not do. I believed its messages, the philosophies and ideas shared and because of this, I decided to make moves based on what I read and the suggestions that were made through all of the free tools and resources I received weekly from LYL.
Where I was once afraid and hesitant to make a move, to take a step that would get me closer to my goals and dreams of what I knew I wanted for myself, the weekly encouragement, support and motivation I received from LYL changed it all for me.
I knew I was a passionate and positive person who wanted to help and make a difference but it was frustrating to have this feeling of wanting to do something I was excited about and believe in but having no idea where and how to begin!
I had a few ideas for what I wanted to do but because I had no idea where to begin, I just decided to do nothing for a while. My next biggest challenge was not having anyone I knew that was also looking to do what I wanted to do. Trying to find the courage to reach out to others whose work I admired and respected, who I would love to connect with in any capacity and learn from, but thinking “Who am I to reach out to this person, what do I have to offer, and why would they even respond to me? Although I still have my 9-5 sales job, these days it’s by choice and I’ve been able to redefine my role and structure my position in a way where I am location independent; meaning, no more office to go into!
I created The Wellness Bucket – A place where I can offer valuable and easy-to-understand health and exercise advice and information for people looking to improve their health and ultimately their lives. I write regularly for my blog and I have created over 100 exercise and motivational videos. Because of LYL, I discovered other tools and resources as well as other people and communities doing what I wanted to do.
There were many LYL articles and course materials in Connect With Anyone that also challenged me to put myself out there and connect with others that I might not otherwise have done or have had the courage to do if it were not for the encouragement and motivation I received from Scott and the rest of the LYL community. Another thing that it’s done for me (and I believe will forever pay dividends) is that it gave me confidence. Live Your Legend Local was another catalyst for me to begin to reach out and connect with people who also believed in what I believed, in finding and doing work that mattered, that excited me and inspired others. After attending a few LYLL meet-ups and realizing the impact such a group was having on me, I decided to step up and become a host myself. Because of LYL and the resources I received, I began to believe that I too had value and could help others including those whose work I admired and respected.
The full transition to creating my wellness business while continuing to juggle a full-time job took 1-2 years.
Now I absolutely LOVE getting up in the morning and am constantly filled with excitement thinking about all that I want to do and create in the world. The only problem I have now is I don’t want to go to bed at night because I am too excited with all I am doing and creating that I seriously don’t want to stop, not even to sleep!
I get emails daily from people either asking me for advice or thanking me for my work and sharing vivid and detailed stories of how their lives have changed because of either something I created or the work they’ve done with me via wellness coaching.
I get to work from wherever I want and also get to spend lots more time with my girlfriend Kristen.
I also spend lots of time connecting with a few communities and mastermind groups that I either lead or am a part of. One of the coolest things to see is others also taking action, reaching out to me and asking for guidance and support the same way I did when I reached out to Scott. A huge thanks to Mike for sharing his story and we can’t wait to hear from more of you out there making your unique imprint on the world!
Connect with Mike and learn more here. You can also download Mike’s free 15 minute workout mentioned in the interview.
And for the comments… Mike is happy to answer your questions, so please post some good ones below! Oh, and keep an eye out next Monday – I’m sharing my favorite tool for finding and deciding on a passion-based career! But have you ever noticed that the busiest and most accomplished people never seem to say them? It’s no wonder why much of the world spins their tires on email, Facebook, Twitter and petty tasks and requests, complaining about hating their work and dreaming of a new career, while the Living Legends change the world. The simple purpose is to connect your dreams, outcomes, and desires to the actions you take on a daily and weekly basis.
Remember, there’s a free workbook download of the full process at the bottom of this article for you to actually fill out each week.
Just be sure you do it before you start any of your weekly tasks, and especially before you check email! Do This: Look back through your notes and ideas from last week and list all the lessons that come to mind.
Decide on on a maximum of 6 to 7 outcomes you want to accomplish related to the various areas in your life. One of my big outcomes for this week is: writing this article and the free workbook to go with it (you can download that at the bottom). Look at your 6 to 7 weekly outcomes and decide what core tasks will need to happen to accomplish these. There is a reason why the people who get the most done tend to continue to be able to do more and more of what matters. If you are not a subscriber yet, entering your email below will give you immediate access to our full suite of free tools and you’ll get an update every time a new article comes out, as well as some other exclusive subscriber-only content. What’s better, Flipnote 3D has FINALLY arrived for all those who lived in countries where Nintendo is stingy with. Images, trademarks, and brand names that are viewed on this site are the sole property of their respective companies.

The topic is something along the lines of How to Avoid the Scripted Life, So You Can Take the Road Less Traveled and Make a Damn Difference in the World (AKA: The 4 things I wish I knew when I was in high school).
On top of that, because passion is so tied to building a business, I’m giving away a free copy of our Live Off Your Passion Lite course. Click here to check out what Fizzle has to offer and join the party for $1.00 – only a few days left! Thousands of you submitted ideas and cast your votes and a huge congrats to Living Legend Adam Muller who’s inspiring words made it onto the front of the shirt. The magic that happens, consciously and subconsciously, when you put a timeline to your dreams is downright magical. More details soon, but for now, download the new tools and get started building stairs to the clouds! It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we write to let you know that the incredible Scott Dinsmore has sadly passed away after being hit by falling rocks while nearing the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. As we all grapple with this devastating news and heartbreak, we can take some comfort in this amazing community Scott has created. As you all know, Scott was out there living his dream and truly lived each day without regret. Together we can carry his spirit in our hearts and more than that, keep on taking massive action to live our own passions, to do work that matters, to live life to the fullest, to support each other in community, and to be that change he embodied.
Our primary concern right now is ensuring that Chelsea and the Dinsmore family have the privacy and space to grieve.
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It caused us to look at the world and our paths in a completely new way, to focus on the few things we can control (our thoughts, how we treat others, our contributions to the world, etc.) and to be intentional with our actions rather than just being victims to what life handed us. I truly believe that event was the first step for us in creating the life we wanted to live rather than the life we’d been told we should live.
This workbook was created to get you crystal clear on your vision, goals and the actions required to make them happen—so that 2016 can be the best year yet.
This is the exact goal-setting process Scott used every year and I don’t know about you but I am amazed by how much he was able to accomplish in his short 33 years. Sometimes it might seem easier to jump right into “the doing” rather than taking time for “the planning”—but that can be problematic because we often end up floundering from one thing to the next with no clear direction. If you put in the time and effort to get a clear picture of where you want to go, your path will be a lot smoother! We all know that massive change starts with small steps and that’s where the Weekly Planning Workbook comes in. The Weekly Planning Workbook provides you a framework to ensure you are making forward progress on a weekly basis. Tens of thousands of people have used these workbooks over the past few years to bridge the gap between their dreams and their reality. And if you do find the workbooks useful, please share them with at least one person who needs it. Use it as often as I can: with the house cleaners, the man at the grocery store, waiters, baristas, etc. Read at least 20 books next year: I was reading close to this many 2008–2011 but my average has dropped down closer to 12 the past few years.
Make sure at least 5 of those books are historical fiction—I love this type of book but with the quest I am on, I know I might not make time for it unless I set a goal! Schedule a time each week to walk to or from a place or hike so I can listen while being in nature. Through LYL, we always donate to our partner charity, Impossible to Possible, but I’d like to find 2 other charities with causes that I believe in to contribute to each year.
Create Epic Content: I have stepped into help run LYL and want to keep that momentum going through offering amazing content for the community. Re-Launch CWA: Connect with Anyone was Scott’s proudest product and he didn’t offer it at all during our World Tour so I want to bring it back in full force in 2016! LYL Local: Continue to grow the LYL local communities and provide them with more resources to successfully host until we have a meetup in every nation’s capital! Dinsmore World Tour Continues: Finish the trip that Scott and I had planned, starting next September! Find adventure in my own backyard: I don’t plan to get an apartment anytime soon as I have a bit of travel ahead so I want to leverage the use of Airbnb and be a resident of many different places in the US. Set a calendar alert to walk outside (even if it just for a few minutes) to watch the sunset.
Continue to practice daily gratitude through journaling but also enhance my knowledge of this topic through books, podcasts or other educational platforms. And if you want a little accountability, let us know at least one major theme, goal or action you plan to take in the coming year! He spent most of his time either fantasizing about all he wanted to do and create or reading about others who were already doing it and learning what they suggested to get started.
But he had zero idea what that looked like, where to begin, who to ask for help, or if it was even possible! But most of all, it was where he started to build back up his confidence that was so badly crushed during his important formative years as an eight year old boy. Not only did I realize pretty fast that the job sucked the life out of me and that I wanted out, but it was made more challenging because I didn’t know anyone else who was looking to do and create what I was looking to do and create. I was afraid to make a move, afraid of doing the wrong thing, of failing, and of what others might think of me for even trying! I just thought I was average and no different than anyone else who wants these things and that’s as far as I was going to get. I realized I did have what it took to make a move, to move forward, to go for what I wanted, that I was good enough, smart enough and so much better than I ever gave myself credit for. It’s the same advice I was already offering my friends and family on a regularly basis, it’s just now I share my ideas, thoughts, and suggestions with the world. I also offer health webinars, 30 day fitness challenges, weight loss workshops, Fitcamps (I hosted the first ever WDS Fitcamp for attendees and got over 100 registrations), and private wellness coaching. Confidence to reach out to people, to introduce myself and offer suggestions and support on ways in which I may be able to help and serve them. The monthly meet-ups provided me the opportunity to connect with others, people who up until this day I am still friends with, who I’ve collaborated with on different projects, and who I am currently in a mastermind group with.
I began to believe that I could help make a difference in their lives by helping and supporting them with my strengths and talents.
Plus the new and different ways I can help make a positive difference in the lives of others doing what I love, work that truly does matter to me.
Either for my wellness coaching, podcast interviews, new opportunities or conversations to collaborate with others on different projects.
Because of the actions I am taking, the work I am doing, work that I can’t not do, others are also taking action and beginning down that same path, either in search or doing work that matters to them because they see me doing it and they too want to do the same.
We will be opening the doors to the How to Connect With Anyone course again in a few months!
I’ve also included a free Weekly Planning Worksheet download at the bottom, to make sure this stuff is super easy for you to do. It’s not because they were born with something special or only sleep three hours a night. Without a process for doing what matters, on a daily and hourly basis, the odds will kill you. I find very little logic in starting from scratch these days – I prefer to build off of what already works. They’ve worked together for nearly two decades (like from before most people knew who Tony was). This could be creating a personal budget, cooking a healthy meal or having a great meeting with a mentor. These need to get done, but not at the expense of the things that help us accomplish what actually matters.

If I put it off until the end of the month, this stuff turns into more of of a mental monster than it needs to be. If you think it’s going to take an hour to write an article, then schedule an hour and a half. Given this process, front-weight your most important tasks so that no matter what comes up, at least a few of them will get done. Well, because Miitomo launches today and most missions on My Nintendo right now are My Nintendo related. And spend some time before January so you can launch into the year with intention, with focus and with a chance at actually operating at your potential. All I ask is that you share the workbooks with those you care about by sending at least one email to someone and making one post on social media. We picked the softest fabric our shirt company had to offer, so I have a feeling you’ll LOVE the LYL Kindness Collection.
He was traveling with his wife, Chelsea, who is uninjured and has safely returned to the United States. Scott and I attended a different event of Tony’s about 8 years ago that drastically changed the trajectory of our lives.
It helped us to discover more about our own unique selves, to question the norm and to do the things that served us individually and as a couple. It is up to you to take the steps that are in your control to get the life you want… no one else is gonna do that for you! I know that having a clear vision of where he was going, why he was doing it and knowing the exact steps of how to get there was a huge part of his success. I know I have certainly been guilty of that in the past and am trying to learn a lesson from Scott as I move forward. Once you clearly define your goals and the actions you need to take to achieve them, it’s time to get to work!
It gives you questions to ask, tips for planning and helps you think beyond the to-do list to ensure what you are doing is actually getting you closer to what you want to accomplish! I often times hold back because I am aware that I am not “that good” but I want to use every opportunity I can to speak more! I generally do this most nights before going to bed as the computer shuts off when work is done but if I know I will not read at night, schedule time to do so during the day.
This will be easy for a while since I am currently going through the number of books given to me but once I get through those, I want to focus on a specific topics including gratitude and spirituality.
Love Large: Scott and I talked a lot during our travels about giving back more and now I have more time on my hands than planned so I want to use that to give back to the world! I have always had the rule that if I ever buy any new article of clothing, something in my closet goes. Please spread the love by passing them along to a friend or someone whose life could be a bit better with the right tools.
He would work his full-time job all day, come home, read more, go to bed, wake up, and do it all over again the next day.
He finally realized he did have what it took to make a move forward and go for what he wanted, that he was good enough, smart enough and so much better than he ever gave himself credit for! It wasn’t until I took the Connect With Anyone course and had a coaching call with Leah that I had an ‘aha’ moment that changed my mindset and direction of my life ever since. I felt like Scott knew exactly what I was feeling and going through, like he understood me and just ‘got it’. In fact, I’ve recently returned from Medellin, Colombia where I spent a month living there with my girlfriend and two of our close friends. Because of this increase in confidence, I now have friends I can call on for advice, encouragement, and support… none of that would have been possible without Connect With Anyone. I have since left Boston where I was a host but I still speak and communicate with the Boston group regularly who support, encourage and share my work every chance they get. It’s this confidence (that LYL helped me create!) that has allowed me to connect with so many wonderful and successful entrepreneurs also doing what they love. Make sure you join our waitlist to be the first to find out when the doors officially open! Tony Robbins connects and speaks with tens of thousands of people a year, all over the world, and still manages to launch new ventures non-stop. During one of our first sessions she shared Tony’s (and her) weekly planning process. At first this is as counter-intuitive as working out – but no matter how crazy your schedule is, you will be more effective, confident and calm if you take time before you jump into the storm.
Anything and everything positive goes – having a record sales week, getting a rewarding thank you, having a hot date or sticking to your workout. Write down any key learnings from the past week: major lessons, meaningful quotes and things that inspire you. You should see my Apple iCal – it looks like someone spilled a pack of Skittles on it with all the self-appointments for each big task related to my Areas of Attention. It’s totally free and I encourage you to use this as your template to actually fill out each week. Corbett has taught me just about everything I know in online business, built and launched both LYL sites over the past few years and is the most honest guy I know teaching this stuff.
Fours years later we have over 100,000 readers from every country in the world and the business provides for us in a way I could not have imagined. This led to the launch of Live Your Legend Local in 2014 (now in 250 cities in 70 countries) and in 2015 it goes a step further as Chelsea and I board our one-way flight to Buenos Aires on January 10th to kick off a year of hosting dinner parties with many of you all over the world. And because we love you and we care about you doing work that matters, we are happy to offer them to you totally free. Spend some time before January so you can launch into the new year with intention, with focus and with a chance at actually operating at your potential. Basically be outside everyday for a few minutes with no plans other than to enjoy the beauty of nature! Not only can you “be the change” but you can also be the person who gets to help someone else “be the change”! Because while everyone was talking about their jobs, family, and what they did over the weekend, I was thinking about what and how I could create what I wanted – stuff that mattered to me and had nothing to do with my 9-5 job! I always thought they were a bit of a scam, didn’t provide any real value and were just a way to get my email address.
Or even my biggest mentors, who get 100x more requests for their time than I do, always seem to be free for a last minute call or lunch.
Now look at each major area in your life  and the related goals (in the Goal Setting and Action workbook, we call these Areas of Attention).
Give yourself time to take care of last-minute stuff that matters, and to be spontaneous with things. And he didn’t just talk about living a life of passion and purpose, he was actually out there doing it.
We have a lot of details to sort out about what the future of Live Your Legend will be, but just know that there is a future, and our why is already crystal clear.
We believe wholeheartedly that this will get you closer to living the life you want, which will in turn create a positive impact in the world. After reading just a few blog posts on LYL, I knew this was a special community that I had to be a part of. Since everything takes time to do, we need to assign actual time to the things that matter most to us. Gold Points, which you get by purchasing games, Platinum points, free points you get by missions, and Miitomo points which you get by…playing Miitomo!
Platinum Points and Miitomo points can often be used for the same rewards, Gold Points are elusive and exclusive.

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