Mick Hall wasn’t too keen on this whole Live Your Legend local meetup. He watched from the back of the room, uncomfortable with participation, but content to watch. Scott Dinsmore had created the concept in the US and the idea to live your legend had spread organically, little by little. All the way to Australia and Mick Hall.
The premise was intriguing: a group of like-minded folks gather together to support each other in their quest to find their passion.
Here’s the really cool part. Passion can apply to work, or play, or relationships. No experience necessary. No club. Nothing remotely weird. And I’m a little chagrined to admit that I checked, calling on longtime host mentor Steve Arensberg, to answer a few questions. It turned out to be the real deal. I watched Scott Dinsmore’s TED talk, and realized that these people scattered across the world are an awful lot like me.
I entered the scene a little later, volunteering to be a host in my neck of the woods here in the States. We have our own Facebook group, and there was one guy who always had encouragement and a kind word for old timers and those of us just trying to get these local groups off the ground. His enthusiasm and acceptance of everyone caused me to respond in kind. I love to connect and this huge bear of a man exudes so much goodwill, it’s hard to resist. Why would anyone want to?
They don’t. When Chelsea Dinsmore visited Australia earlier this year on behalf of Live Your Legend, she couldn’t believe the following Mick Hall has developed.
“It was literally like a rock star came on stage when Mick came out.”
In spite of that, true to form, Mick is quick to downplay his role, maintaining that success is a group effort and promoting the idea that anyone can lead. That belief leads him to connect with people across the globe. When he headed to the US and California not too long ago, I invited him to Pennsylvania. Our state philosophy: You’ve got a friend in Pennsylvania. And he does. Although circumstances didn’t provide an opportunity to hang out in person, the invitation was genuine. If I make it to Australia, you can bet I’ll be knocking on his door. Mick’s advice to LYL hosts is the same thing I tell people to do everyday.
“Soak up the energy.”
Mick Hall’s transformation from introverted individual to poet and LYL host isn’t really magic. It’s engagement. We interact online and in person, and the goal is always the same. We want to connect. But how? His advice is fairly simple:
Be yourself, no matter what.
Consistency is key.
Feel the energy and go from there.
In terms of meetings, his rules boil down to one thing: “Once I set up, I show up.” Interaction and connection flourish when allowed to develop organically. At the end of the day, it’s a whole collective, living, breathing community. Mick’s interaction with me was small. Perhaps just a quick, “I love this,” followed by his trademark hang10 emoticon. But it is consistent and it’s always genuine.
Chelsea Dinsmore couldn’t agree more. “We can’t judge other peoples’ journeys,” she explains. While this speaks to the local meetings offered through LYL, it’s an adage that works well in any situation. “Presence is power. Show up in the moment and be yourself. Don’t bring a mask; be yourself 100 percent.”
I find this group to be amazing and inspiring and worthwhile. But what we have here isn’t limited to groups of a certain name. These ideas can help guide your engagement and interaction with the people around you as well. At work. At play. Everywhere. In person. Online in social media.
It’s all about authenticity.
So, do me a favor. Make one small connection today. Give me a shout-out. Hold the door open for someone else, even if their arms aren’t full. Walk around the block and find someone. Say hello. Smile. Compliment someone in one of your online groups. Answer a question, or help someone out.
Update: 7/1/17 Mick Hall’s published poetry appears on Amazon. So very proud of him, and happy for him. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.