There’s a video that shows, in 3 minutes, how movements are often built. Maybe you’ve seen it. During the Sasquatch Music festival in 2009 festival, people are just laying on blankets, listening to music, until one guy gets up and starts to dance. He’s lanky and not a particularly good dancer. It’s awkward to watch. Then, a second dancer joins him. Then a third.
What happens next is incredible to me even though I’ve watched the video dozens of times.
This week, I felt like that awkward guy who’s been doing a goofy dance for a while. I can almost feel what’s about to happen next.
Different people, different dances
The dance I’m doing is writing a book called Working Out Loud and enabling people to form their own peer support circles. The idea is to help people, through actual practice, learn how to build a network of relationships that can help them with any goal, including discovering more meaning and fulfillment in work and life.
I’ve been doing this dance for about three years. Sometimes, I’m sure it's been painful to watch. Just this week though, something changed.
Then, the first circle formed that didn’t include me or someone I coached. A woman I didn't know but had read the blog simply decided she wanted to invest in herself.
A division at work held a career development event where I spoke about how people could take more control of their career and lives. People signed up for five more circles.
Then, via Twitter, I saw how some smart, creative people at the NHS (National Health Service) in the UK are proposing to form circles there, too.
What happens at the end of the video
Watch the video now if you can. See how that second and third dancer made it feel like a group, something others could more readily be a part of. That's how I felt last week.
After that, more and more people join, each doing their own dance, each attracting yet more people. By the end of the 3-minute video, people are racing from all directions to become part of it. There are hundreds of people, dancing and screaming, and it’s become a movement. You can’t even see the first dancer any more.
That’s exactly the kind of movement I’m hoping for. If I was trying to make money or become famous, then I would spoil it by being selfish or too self-conscious. Instead, I’m just trying to spread an idea that helps people access possibilities for meaning and fulfillment.
Here’s to dancing like nobody’s watching.