lollipop moments.

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.)

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One thought on “lollipop moments.

  1. I had a lollipop moment (two actually) during PHA recruitment: counseling so many women they can tend to blend together a bit, especially when they are all dressed similarly and equally stressed about their choices.
    On the day of final preferencing, two women who I had seen earlier in the process each thanked me for my specific attention to them the day/weekend before and for making it easier for them to make what they felt was the right choice.
    It was so nice to hear, since I usually assume most women who come my way just want to enter their choices and be done with it, rather than talk to a dude about sorority recruitment.
    So for as much as we make a seemingly insignificant impact on hundreds of students throughout our tenure, when someone tells you about the significance of the impact to them, it’s affirming.

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