Although I'm an atheist now, thoughts of new beginnings were on my mind last night as we celebrated Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish new year) with my family. During dinner, I received an abnormal number of phone calls and texts from friends and it wasn't until I finished the bed-time routine with Grant that I understood why: my friend, Scott Dinsmore – a man who's had a bigger impact on me than just about anyone else – died in a tragic accident climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro.
People were contacting me because they knew how much Scott means to me. I talked about him and his Live Your Legend movement all the time.
I already shared some memories on a Facebook Tribute to Scott page, but I wanted to paraphrase them here because everyone deserves to know what an awesome, awesome person Scott was.
It's impossible to separate my connection with Scott to my connection with all the amazing people he brought into my life. Without him, I don't even know that incredible folks like Nazrin, Leah, Ellen, Josh, and others exist … let alone have become my friends.
But I'll keep this tribute to Scott himself because he deserves all the love, respect, and gratitude I can channel into my words right now.
I read Scott's blog back when it was still Reading for Your Success and he used to joke with me, "Oh, so you were the one! Thanks, man." Before he started introducing me to awesome people in-person, he introduced me to brain-busting influences like Keith Ferrazzi and his book, Never Eat Alone. And when he switched his focus to Live Your Legend, I couldn't have been more excited or more impacted.
I remember my first in-person meeting with Scott at World Domination Summit 2013 and thinking, "This dude is even more wonderful than I thought he'd be." I slipped fully into his gravitational field that day and he gracefully, permanently settled into my heart and mind.
I vividly recall the energy running through me as he gave me a free scholarship to his How to Connect with Anyone course or when I read his best blog posts for the first time. This one – My #1 New Year’s Resolution: Bring People Together in the Real World – Are You In or Out? – got one of the biggest "Hell yes!"es I've ever shouted.
In large part due to his inspiration, personal guidance, and the people I met through How to Connect with Anyone, I helped to bring fifty-five people together from across North America for a two day simple-living event last fall. And I'm doing it again on October 2-3 … only this time, I'm dedicating the event to Scott in my thoughts, actions, and spirit.
That's the greatest gift I can pass along from and for Scott: bringing people together. Showing others that the impossible isn't just possible, but it's damn near probable with the right people in your life. That you can have something that exceeds passion in your work and life.
I'll miss you terribly in so many ways, my friend. You've made an irrevocable impact in my life and the lives of so many others. I'm grateful to have known a person as genuine, community-oriented, and adventurous as you existed … let alone got to call you a friend.
I love you.