Living your dream sometimes has unforeseen consequences

Scott Dinsmore, author and founder of Live Your Legend

JISHOU, HUNAN — Here’s a bittersweet anecdote from the world of teaching.

Last week, I was looking for a TED talk about careers to show my students and found one by a dynamic guy named Scott Dinsmore, who founded an organization called Live Your Legend. Since TED speakers talk a mile a minute, courtesy of the 18-minute time limit, I included the English subtitles to help with their comprehension.

The freshmen liked it, so this morning I shared it with the sophomores. During the break, I decided to visit Dinsmore’s website to check it out. Since China blocks YouTube and Vimeo, we couldn’t see the video on the main page in class. When I watched it after coming back to my flat, I got an unpleasant surprise.

Scott Dinsmore was killed in a rockslide on Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in 2015. Everyone else in the climbing party, including his wife, survived. He was 33.

Now, if TED had bothered to note Dinsmore had died, I might have chosen a different video. As it is, I should tell my students that living your dream sometimes has unfortunate consequences, but that they should never hesitate to take risks. His message, which is everyone needs to find a career that really motivates them, is one I wanted to share with my students, who so often “follow the herd” when they graduate uni.

I never met this fellow, but I’m sad he’s gone. RIP Scott.

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