Have you seen this yet? My pal Dr. Amy Barnes sent it my way this fall and I’ve been sharing it with my Leadership Studies classes ever since. I thought my thirty-seven seconds readers would appreciate it, too.
Speaker Drew Dudley shares the story of a young woman who thanks him for changing her life through what he now refers to as a “lollipop moment.” What happened you ask? Watch the clip to find out. But the kicker is this:
She describes their interaction in a way that is so detailed and sincere… and he doesn’t even remember it.
We are so caught up in the rat race of trying to be more, fix more, achieve more… and most of the time, it’s just noise. And it’s drowning out our most brilliant, significant moments. Drew challenges us to stop thinking about leadership as something huge and beyond ourselves, and to start thinking about it one small, personal action at a time.
…we’ve made leadership about changing the world, and there is no world. There’s only six billion understandings of it, and if you change one person’s understanding of it, one person’s understanding of what they’re capable of, one person’s understanding of how much people care about them, one person’s understanding of how powerful an agent for change they can be in this world, you’ve changed the whole thing.
I’m willing to bet you’ve had more than a few lollipop moments. Who are those difference-makers in your life? Have you told them? If not, I hope you will. Soon. And I also hope that someone, someday tells you about the lollipop moments that you have created… just in case you have forgotten how lovely an addition your everyday presence is to this world.
And hey, hat’s off to you, Drew. (Figuratively speaking. I actually really like your hat. And your accent.)