You may have seen the You Tube video that shows this one man who begins dancing alone on a hill at a music festival. At first, I thought to myself, “He’s brave. He’s obviously on drugs or something.” I also reminded myself that there is no way I would ever do something that outlandish. Ever. Not in front of anyone else at least.

And then after what seems like an eternity, another man joins him. They stumble around a bit but now there are two of them, and there is a sense that something is happening here. Pretty soon, a third person comes along and now the one man has become a group. Within a few more seconds, another three people get involved in this mad, freestyle, festival dance.

After just one minute and a few seconds, this thing has a life of its own. It is no longer about ‘How long is this guy and one or two others going to keep this up?’ but ‘Let me join in and be part of this!’ People begin running towards them, just to get a piece of the action.

After two minutes, there must be getting on for 100 people at the scene, all dancing away. By this time, as an online viewer, you begin to realise the single word that pulsates throughout the music they are all dancing to…


“So who is responsible for all this commotion?” the more conservative-sounding, inquisitive, non-freestyle dancers amongst us might be asking. Was it the Crazy Originator Guy who danced like a mad man all alone for the first few seconds?

Or was it the First Follower who decided he wanted to get involved also?

If no one had ventured across to join him, that Crazy Originator Guy could have been there all alone for a long time. He almost certainly wouldn’t have cared either way. He was just having a good time, dancing away on the hill.

Once the First Follower showed up, something shifted and multiplication kicked in beyond all expectation.

So, there is such a thing as The Power of One, obviously.

But it is not so much the power of that one person; it is the power that is generated by that First Follower that creates something more than just a Crazy Originator Guy doing his thing.

So when things go well for you, don’t think it was that ‘one phone call’ or that ‘one meeting’ that changed everything. It was a great start for sure but it was what happened afterwards that introduced the power.

In other words, it is always a process, no matter how spectacular or unusual the Crazy Originator Guy was.

And if you want to see the man for yourself then Watch This


Paul Hatcher

I am at heart, a communicator. I love to use words, whether written or spoken and maximise those words to hopefully, bring some encouragement - literally, to put courage into the hearts & minds of those who read or hear them. In my work as an executive coach, speaker, workshop facilitator, I love also to listen...deeply, and then respond with some encouragement.