Chelsea Dinsmore is the Chief Inspiration Officer of Live Your Legend, a community that encourages instead of discourages you to live out your dreams. Live Your Legend is a global community that aims to prove that you can spend your days doing something meaningful to you, make a living off what you love and use your strengths and talents to give back to the world. Chelsea Dinsmore took the reigns of the project when her late husband Scott Dinsmore sadly passed away in a tragic accident in September of 2015 near the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Chelsea’s passion and enthusiasm to build upon the amazing foundation that Scott built is truly remarkable. Please enjoy my interview, with the inspirational Chelsea Dinsmore.
When someone asks you ‘what do you do for a living?’ – How do you respond?
I am actually involved in a number of projects. I am a partner in a business called Live Your Legend, which helps people to find and do more meaningful work. I also teach fitness classes that are a combination of yoga, pilates, and ballet. I have some other side projects in the works at the moment as well.
I am reading a book on how to write a book, haha! I’m reading it because I am writing a book right now. So I am reading Thinking Like Your Editor by Alfred Fortunato and Susan Rabiner.
When you think about your childhood, what book comes to mind?
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I wanted to be a paediatrician.
What do you think your school-aged self would think of the present day you?
I think she would be proud of maintaining the balance between work and play!
If you could wrap up a single book and gift it to yourself as you left education – which book would it be and why?
I recently read a book I found to be profound and funny at the same time, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson (see Mark Manson’s reading list here). I think it holds some really wise information that would have been nice to have been exposed to earlier on in my journey.
Does your reading have routine? Is there a particular time or place that you like to read?
I tend to read in bed at night. As I mentioned, I have never been much of a television watcher and don’t fall asleep while lying and reading so will often times get in bed an hour before I like to fall asleep and just read. I also read as I travel. On planes, busses, etc.
Which book has had the biggest impact on your career so far? How did it impact it?
I might have to say the first real personal development book I read which was How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie, it set me on a path to being interested in people which in the end made me choose a career path focused on being in person with people rather than spending time behind a computer. I also think Strength’s Finder by Tom Rath helped me get there, but not only the book in and of itself because it took understanding my strengths and how we all try to meet them before I could really understand it.
Do you have any books that you strongly associate with someone important in your life?
Yes, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho will forever remind me of my late husband Scott Dinsmore. He read it every year, built a business around its idea and we built a life around it. After he passed away, I began re-reading it every year as well and interestingly enough the book’s journey ends with the character returning home, which I feel I went through both physically and emotionally in my journey of navigating his loss.
What book have you recommended the most to friends and family?
It’s not for everyone as it challenges a lot of “normal” ideas but Conversations With God by Neale Donald Walsch is a book I have recommended a lot to the right people.
Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction?
I prefer non-fiction or historical fiction. I am not a history buff so love to learn about historical events through storytelling. But nothing gets me like educational or true story books.
Do you think reading is important?
Yes. I think the ability to create pictures in our mind is something that is lacking these days with how much visual stimuli we have.
The one I mentioned earlier, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson.
Do you prefer real books or digital books?
I definitely prefer real books but have succumbed to reading from a Kindle because I have basically been travelling for three years. I do still pick up real books from the road and then pass them off after reading them.
Name a book that you feel everyone would benefit from reading and explain why.
Conversations With God by Neale Donald Walsch because it expands the mind.
What is the book that you feel has had the single biggest impact on your life? What impact did it have?
Well, The 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss definitely made me look at having a traditional job a little differently. I read that while in a corporate job and after quitting that, have always preferred to work a few part-time jobs that leverage different strengths and things I love.
Are there any books you haven’t mentioned that you feel would make your reading list?
There are way too many to count. I loved Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, The Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman, The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston and many more.
What books or subject matter do you plan on reading in the next year?
I just picked up a book called Side Hustle by Chris Guillebeau, about creating alternative income streams. I also plan to read more books that are similar to the space my book would be in and would love to get back into historical fiction again!
If you were to write an autobiography – what would it be called?
Limitless, hopefully coming to a shelf near you soon.