By Chuck Kent
I must admit that I like the ever-popular “follow your bliss” yammering about as much as I like a standard, facile, flaccid #FollowFriday (versus the #FF thing practiced here, thank you, or that marvelous #SocialSong Saturday started by whatshisname.)
Likewise, I typically despise the torrent of pseudo-inspiration available at every turn on social media (as I like to say, if all you tweet are aphorisms, you’re just making yourself an apphole).
Nonetheless, I couldn’t help but get caught up in the notion of how we do and don’t follow our dreams – how that informs our work and lives – after Gini Dietrich’s wonderfully simple “Best Childhood Dream Jobs” post, and the tremendous response to it.
People – a couple hundred of you at least – quickly laid bare your childhood souls in response to what, frankly, I thought was a simple help-me-crowdsource-my-next-post-before-I-go-on-vacation request on her Facebook page. Oh, yes, the responses are all good fun, but, I think, are also telling.
Why the Dreamers Matter
- If you speak to people’s dreams, they will follow, just as we all follow along here.
- Our dreams, pursued or not, continue to speak to us.
So, rather than clutter the comments section of the aforementioned post with my thoughts, I decided to put them in a song called “Dream Big.”
I challenge you to see if you can identify all of the dreamers pictured in the video – and the first one who does correctly identify them by their Twitter handles will receive a free copy of Spin Sucks (the book), purchased and provided by yours truly.
And lest you think that I am diverging too far from the function of #FollowFriday, the good folks at Arment Dietrich have built a Twitter list of everyone in the video, so you can follow these dreamers, too.
C’mon… what better time than the new year to Dream Big?