The TED Talk by Derek Sivers "How to Start a Movement" may be only three minutes in length, but it has given me years of inspiration and courage. It has played a significant role in how I manage my career and how I interact with others.
The talk is centered around a video of a young kid at the beach who demonstrates the courage to make a fool of himself. And as Sivers points out, this what it takes to start a movement.
- A leader needs the guts to stand out and be ridiculed.
- The leader must embrace his or her FIRST follower as an EQUAL and not a follower. This way it’s about the movement, not the leader.
- As Sivers points out, "The first follower transforms the lone nut into a leader."
- The first follower, as Siver's also points out, is an "underestimated form of leadership." He or she demonstrates just as much courage as the leader.
- New followers, ultimately emulate the first follower, not the leader.
- As more people join in, following the "lone nut" becomes less risky.
- Overtime it become more risky not to follow the leader and the crowd of others following the leader.
- And before you know it, a new movement is born.