One of my favorite TED talks is the one with Sir Ken Robinson. He’s an educator.
He gave an amazing presentation, “Do Schools Kill Creativity?”
(By the way, the man is hilarious. If you only watch one TED talk, make it this one.)
He shared a story about a dancer, Gillian Lynne.
Lynne is the dancing genius behind shows like “Cats” and “Phantom of the Opera.” She’s had a long successful dancing and choreography career.
So he shared lunch with her one day and asked, “How did you become a dancer?”
Gillian Lynne explained when she attended school; her teachers thought she had a learning disorder.
The school wrote to her parents and suggested they take their daughter to a doctor.
So Lynne’s mother did. Lynne had a hard time keeping still in the office chair as the doctor talked to her mother.
Finally, the doctor said he needed to talk to her mother privately but would return soon.
“Stay here,” he said.
Then he turned on the radio to a music station before he and her mother left the room.
The doctor stood outside the door and said to her mother, “Just stand and watch her.”
As soon as they were out of the room and the music started to play, Gillian Lynne was out of her seat and dancing around the room.
He then turned to her mother and said, “Mrs. Lynne, Gillian isn’t sick. She’s a dancer. Take her to a dance school.”
Her mother did. And it transformed Gillian.
She said, “I can’t tell you how wonderful it was.
We walked in this room and it was full of people like me. People who couldn’t sit still. People who had to move to think.”
Later she auditioned for the Royal Ballet School, became a soloist and had a wonderful career at the Royal Ballet. She eventually founded her own company — the Gillian Lynne Dance Company — and met Andrew Lloyd Weber.
As a result, she’s been responsible for some of the most successful musical theater productions in history. She’s given pleasure to millions.
And she’s a multi-millionaire.
Somebody else might have put her on medication and told her to calm down.
So here’s the thing.
Whatever it is you’re selling, there’s a good chance you’re selling it to someone who was told to calm down instead of learning how to dance.
Because inspiring people to dance can be a powerful selling point.
Inspiration, period… can be a powerful selling point.
And speaking of inspiration, we’ve got a great book for you to check out, Get Happy, Write Away.
Since it’s chock-full of inspiration and motivation, it will get you on the right path for success.
When you’re inspired, you have the tendency to inspire others. People like to be around those who challenge them to reach a little higher.
The world can always use more hope.
You just might be the one they’re looking for.