A friend of mine passed away a couple of weeks ago. He was a young man, 33 years old. He and his wife were climbing Mount Kilimanjaro when a freak accident occurred and was killed by a boulder near the summit of the 19,000 foot tall mountain. His name was Scott Dinsmore, and I would like to share with you a very personal and special story.
In June of 2011 I nearly quit the mortgage industry. I had finally hit rock bottom. From 2000-2007, I had spent most of my career enjoying what I did, learning and growing. However after the implosion of the mortgage industry occurred in 2007, I spent the next 4 years going from one attempt to the next to unsuccessfully find success in our industry. By June of 2011, I had decided to throw in the towel. Although I was still working in the industry at the time, I was very much disengaged and had actually started working on a tech company idea I had on the side. It was at this moment, Ali and I began working together and my passion for the industry was reignited.
Until this time, I had gotten to the point where I did not believe I could do work I was passionate about in the mortgage industry anymore. I wanted to build a world class organization. I wanted to be creative and work within my strengths. I wanted to have a company that had core values and a Why. I wanted to build a strong culture and build a company that was second to none. And until June of 2011, I had felt like this industry did not offer that to me anymore. So I started looking elsewhere. It was at this time that I decided that I wanted to do something that had nothing to do with making money. I had just spent the greater part of the last 11 years grinding away at the mortgage business and I was very dissatisfied with where I was in my life at that point. So I decided to put on a TEDx event. For those of you unfamiliar with TEDx, I will explain what it is. TEDx is a community organized TED event. For those of you that do not know what a TED event is, I will explain. TED is an organization who’s mantra is “Ideas worth Spreading”. The non-profit organization was founded 30 years ago with the sole idea of changing the world by spreading new and exciting ideas. They have since grown to a worldwide movement with many inspirational TED talks at TED.com. If you ever want to learn something new or be inspired, I highly recommend that you check out this site.
There are TEDx events all around the world every day. You can apply to put on a TEDx event in your home town. It is easier than you would think. The key to a TEDx event is the following: All the money raised from sponsorship and tickets has to go back into the event, speakers cannot sell from the stage, and you have to make sure you follow all of TED’s rules, which there are many. So in August of 2011 I decided to organize a TEDx event in San Francisco. We decided to put on the event at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. The event was named TEDxGoldenGatePark. We had decided that the theme for the event would be “The Pursuit of Passion.” Around this time I was looking at friends of mine who had found success in their respective fields, despite the odds, because they had followed their dreams and their hearts and had put themselves out there to live their passions, not just settle for mediocrity. I had decided to showcase a group of speakers who had done this as well. It took me and a few of my fellow organizers nearly 14 months to organize this one day event. We had to find the right speakers, a camera crew, volunteers to work the event, we had to sell tickets, organize food, get sponsors, etc etc .But after 14 months passed it was finally October 10, 2012 and we hosted the event. It was a magical day. One I will never forget. Some of the people who knew me well and saw my struggles over the past 4 years told me that day was a complete representation of what I was looking for during those years. For me the event was very therapeutic and cathartic. It represented a turning point in my life. One of our speakers was a stand out that day. His name was Scott Dinsmore. Scott gave a talk called “How to Find Work You Love.” He reminded me of a young Tony Robbins. Scott was very passionate about his message and had even started an organization called Live Your Legend. His goal was to change the world by helping people find their passions and to do work that they were passionate about. He said something in his talk that struck me:
“I Imagine a world where 80 percent of the 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.”
His talk really hit home for me that day. By this time I had left my job and was embarking on the journey that would eventually lead me to The Money Source just a few short months later. I knew that in my next venture `we would build a business that I was going to be proud of. I knew I was going to do my best to create an environment where our employees were engaged and loved their jobs and went above and beyond not because they had to, but because they wanted to. Scott was a beautiful soul. His talk that day went on to become a viral internet sensation. Over 3,000,000+ people have watched his talk to date and he has inspired millions of people worldwide with his message of finding work that we can be passionate about. I truly believe that we try to do this every day at The Money Source and Endeavor America. This is one of the reasons we are a Strengths organization. This is one of the reasons we are so focused on our team’s engagement. This is one of the reasons we want to Grow Happiness and Respect for our industry. I was truly honored to know Scott and to allow him to change my life. The world lost a shining star. Please join me in celebrating his life.