I tend to be the person who doesn’t like being the center of attention.
It’s not that I don’t believe in change, or want to see good things happen—I just don’t like being at the front. My comfort zone is operating behind the scenes; my sweet spot is a place where I can make other people look really, really ridiculously good (looking).
And that sometimes causes a bit of an internal crisis for me. We’re brought up to be leaders. We live our lives by the idea that if it isn’t visible, then it isn’t real. I recently got 3 text messages from 3 different people asking if I still had a boyfriend, since I hadn’t posted about him recently (seriously, guys?). It’s tough for people who don’t naturally feel comfortable in that spotlight space—does my work still matter? Do I still have value?
*Cue existential crisis music and/or playlist from 8th grade*
It never fails that when I’m feeling terrible about something, TED is usually there to make it better. In doing some community research for a client, I stumbled across this talk about starting a movement in under 30 seconds. The best part—it recognizes that leadership isn’t the end all be all of creating change; that followers, inspired and enthusiastic supporters of the “lone nut” trying to get something off the ground, are just as important as the leader. Which, is a really satisfying notion.
All that to say—if you’re the lone nut with a moonshot dream, you can come dance by me. I got moves, too, man.