It takes guts to be the first follower

Derek Sivers

I may be one of the few who had not heard of Derek Sivers’ video about the importance of the first follower. What caught my attention was the simplicity and honesty of his 3-minute TED talk.

1). A leader needs the guts to stand alone and look ridiculous.

2). It takes guts to be a first follower! The first follower transforms a lone nut into a leader.

3). The 2nd follower is a turning point: three is a crowd and a crowd is news.

4). Once you get 2 more, then 3 more, you’ve got momentum, and the start of a movement.

“Leadership is over-glorified,” according to Derek. It’s the first follower that transforms a lone nut into a leader.

Derek points out that we are told we all need to be leaders but that would be highly ineffectual.

His conclusion is, “You find a lone nut doing something great, have the guts to be the first person to stand up and join in.”

Since I started blogging three years ago, I’ve discovered many leaders I admire, however, as far as becoming the first follower, I don’t think I ever have. Now if I was lucky enough to discover ” a lone nut doing something great,” I wouldn’t hesitate to become his/her first follower.

Have you had the guts to stand up and join in something great?

Please share.



Comments (8)

Trackback URL | Comments RSS Feed

  1. Antares says:

    Yes, but I wasn’t the first.:)

  2. I found this article that matches a number of your recent posts regarding “stepping out” at any age. Thought you might be interested: .

    • Gutsy Writer says:


      I just read the article which I found very interesting, especially the differences between how younger versus older people bring to business start-ups. Thanks so much for sharing this article with me.

  3. There sure are a lot of motivational talks on the TED channel. Problem is I waste a whole day’s productivity watching them. 🙂
    Robert the Skeptic recently posted..Patriotism 2011My Profile

    • Gutsy Writer says:

      I know what you mean. I can spend a whole day online reading articles and skipping around.

  4. Penelope J. says:

    I’ve seen/heard this talk before and it’s extremely motivating. Reminds me of my High School teacher saying something like, “You’re like a little rock on a hill that if it starts rolling down, it can cause an avalanche.”
    Penelope J. recently posted..Saved by a ZiplocMy Profile

    • Gutsy Writer says:

      Pennie so true what you said about motivating and I can’t believe the quality of his video, yet it still attracted everyone’s attention.