The first follower transforms the lone nut into a leader. ~ Derek Sivers
I’ve seen this Ted Talk before. When it came across my Facebook again recently, I was reminded of that old adage that goes something like: If you can’t explain something simply, perhaps you don’t know the subject that well…
How to Start a Movement (Recap)
- One lone nut courageously steps forward.
- The first follower transforms the lone nut into a leader.
- The leader embraces the follower as an equal.
- Another follower makes it three. Three is a crowd and that’s news! (Now it’s public)
- More followers come. They emulate the first follower, not the leader.
- The fence-sitters come, this is the tipping point, now we have a movement.
- As more people join in, it becomes less risky for others to join in.
I sometimes wonder why we over-complicate this type of passion. When we take something so beautiful in its simplicity and make it complex, doesn’t it lose its power?
Tell me, are you living your passions? When you believe in something, do you pursue it to the point of risking ridicule? When you find a lone nut doing something great, do you have the courage to be the first to follow?
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