January 12, 2016

TED Talk in two minutes: How to Find The Work You Love

We know you love TED talks, but don’t always have the time. So you don’t miss out on learning something new, here’s our two-minute lowdown. “How to Find The Work You Love” by Scott Dinsmore.

Firstly, are you climbing the wrong ladder?

After doing all the right things after graduating, Scott realised he hated his job. He took Warren Buffett’s advice “taking jobs to build up for resume is the same as saving up sex for old age”, quit and went looking for people who only did work they loved. He read hundreds of books, took countless people to lunch and asked thousands of questions. He took all of the information he collected and created his Passion Work Framework, three steps for anyone wanting to transform their career or work.

1. Become a self-expert

If you don’t understand yourself, you’ll have no idea what you’re looking for. Being intentional with your self-knowledge will set you up for nailing your purpose. Set your direction with these critical questions:

Identify your strengths

Use the book and online tool Strengths Finder 2.0 to help. What would you wake up and do no matter the pay? What are you naturally good at and people thank you for?

Identify your priorities

Family? Health? Achievements? How are you currently making decisions about these things? You might need to refresh your approach to this so you don’t compromise on what you really care about.

Pay attention to yourself

Scott says: “we learn things every day… about what we love, what we hate, what we’re good at, what we’re terrible at”. Be mindful of your daily experiences to see what makes you tick. Also look at those around you, especially those that inspire you. What’s special about them? What do they do differently? Keep track of all this observation and read back often.

2. Prove yourself wrong

Once you’ve got your direction use this to push your limits. Scott says, find “your own impossibilities” and make “incremental pushes”. Whether it’s swimming in the deep dark ocean, or public speaking or starting a business; find all the little and big things you thought impossible and crush them. The more you do this, the more rocket fuel for personal achievement you’ll have.

3. Surround yourself with the right people

Finally, Scott suggests “the fastest way to do things you don’t think can be done is to surround yourself with people already doing them”. You want to spend the most time with people who will keep on you track to pursue the things that matter the most. You want them to hold your bar higher.

You’re 100% in control

Finally, Scott reminds us that “these three steps are “100 percent in our control” and the only limitation is your imagination. He’s a full-time champion of his approach and runs “Live Your Legend”, where you can find training and tools, and read about other people that have made the switch.

Watch Scott’s full TED talk:

Scott Dinsmore tragically passed away in September 2015 climbing Kilimanjaro while travelling with his wife. In his short life, he established Live Your Legend, a thriving community helping people discover the work they were born to do.

Written by Martin Douglas Hendry

  • faith says:

    So take them out to coffee instead. Or ask for a few minutes in the corner of their day. The difference between people like Scott who create the life they want and the people complaining on this thread who wish they could is that the people on the thread focus pretty relentlessly on all the reasons they CAN’T do something, and people like Scott focus on ways they can. Short version: if you want it, quit ‘yer bitchin’ and figure out a way to make it happen.

  • Tamar Drushka says:

    Beautiful I aspiration. Thank you.

  • Funny! I thought the exact same thing. Seems he likely was pretty well funded to quit his job cold turkey and take countless people out to lunch to ask all of those questions and quit his job like that. ( also very slick that he managed to put in a “hey! buy my product” shout out in there as well). The overall spirit of what he is saying is solid though, and important to keep in mind clarifying what you love and moving in that direction.

    Just a little bit frustrating when people who clearly have lots and lots of resources ($) at their fingertips give this advice to others who may not have those resources…

  • Warren says:

    The thing all self-help gurus and wealthy successful advice-givers ALWAYS leave out is Luck– I guess because you can’t really “advise” people on how to obtain it. I’ve been fairly successful at a few fun/intense/rewarding careers and I have to say that one primary ingredient is having really good L-U-C-K.

  • I think this is a great talk, and in response to Tia, I agree that the scale and scope of Scott’s suggestions might outstrip your’s and my budgets. I have learned over the last 30 years of self-employment focus on the projects that bring me the greatest pleasure. I’ve also learnt to scale my monetary output for entertainment, supplies, and even clothing (as you mention) to the potential gain. Budgeting as it’s known in business parlance.

  • Kelly says:

    So what do you do when you find there is nothing you love doing?

  • Bev says:

    Excellent share! In his talk I see reflections of the advice of many great men– from Sun Tzu and Buddha to contemporaries like Elon Musk and Warren Buffett. He pulls it all together well. By the way, if you live in the U.S. and need a little help becoming an expert on yourself, contact the Johnson O’Connor Research Foundation (jocf.org). I went through their testing program 30 years ago, and it has been one of the best things I’ve ever done.

  • Rachel says:

    Good context, CJ. Good reminder that no one knows how long they’ve got, so you better live the way you want.

    Like this feature. Please do more TED Talks in 2 minutes.

  • CJ says:

    Good share, and a great TED talk. I wasn’t aware until very recently that Scott was tragically killed in a freak accident on Kilimajaro in September last year. Sounds like he lived a lot before he went. Good on him.

  • Tia says:

    While that all sounds nice and dandy, how did you pay for rent, food, clothes, the books you read etc. when you quit the job you hated? How did you afford to take these countless people out for lunch?

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