Be a Nut! Be a Leader!

Be a Nut! Be a Leader!

“It is perfectly okay to be a lone nut! They will want to be a part of the trail mix one day!”

I bet you are wondering where I am going with this post. A YouTube video, shared in one of my Facebook groups, used a perfect “dance movement” to describe how a leader may start as a lone nut. The guy in the video had some crazy dance moves! Take a moment to look at the video embedded below and then read my three tips on being the best you! I actively remind myself of these tips and apply them in my own life. Sometimes you may be the only one who sees your vision. Sometimes it may seem like you are the only one who dreams of something different. You want to embark on a new journey. You may be the only one in your family that “gets it.” It will not always be that way. You also have to accept that some people may not ever “get it.” You may be the only one in your immediate vicinity that can see the possibility of that dream coming true. Get out there and start making steps toward your goals, your passions!

“The first follower transforms a lone nut into a leader. If the leader is the flint, the first follower is the spark that makes the fire.” – Derek Sivers

Did you enjoy that video? So what did I gain from the video:

  1. Sometimes you have to start alone. As you can see in the video, the shirtless guy started alone. People gradually began to join in his crazy dance movement. It may not have even been a movement but the guy had passion! As you live out your passion, you will meet people who believe in you and share your vision. Take joy and appreciate those who believed in you when the passion was just an idea. Even if others do not quite get why you want to become a fashion designer, you keep working towards that goal. Yes, a fashion designer can come from a small town. Do not let your mind limit you! “They will want to be a part of the trail mix one day!” You never know who you are inspiring to follow in your footsteps while creating their own path.
  2. YOU HAVE TO START! We have all heard this phrase: Imperfect steps, Imperfect Actions. Let’s be honest, the shirtless guy may not have been the best dancer. There were probably better dancers in the crowd. However, he started. He did not sit by the sidelines and wish he would have just given it a try. The others who joined wanted to be a part of something great. You can perfect your craft as you live your passion. We are all a work in progress.

  3. EVERY LEADER WAS ONCE A FOLLOWER. It was all about him welcoming his first follower. Be human. That should be natural right? It is my opinion that people appreciate those who are transparent and honest with their path to success. When people did not immediately join him, the shirtless guy could have easily sat right back down. I am sure people were giving him some judging looks. Good leaders understand the concept of being a follower, a supporter. The head does us no good without the connecting parts, neck, arms, legs, etc. Find inspiration in someone who has accomplished the very thing you wish to accomplish. It is okay to be a lone nut if you are living your passion. People will catch on 🙂

“When you find a lone nut doing something great, have the guts to be the first person to stand up and join in.” – Derek Sivers

I wonder who danced on the next song?!? I am sure it was a lone nut who just finished following the shirtless guy. 🙂


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