Save the humans

I received and watched an awesome video this week showing people saving dolphins that got washed up on a beach in Brazil. If you have not seen it, I recommend you take a few minutes and watch it now (video link). I found it not only hopeful for human-kind, but also fascinating to observe how people responded to an obvious need for help.

The people on the beach all knew the dolphins needed help and that they needed to do something. But at first they did not know how to approach it. You could almost feel the tension between their desire to help and their fear and inhibition. Then a few people broke through and saved a dolphin. This immediately opened the door for many other people to help. Once they saw it could be done- it was only natural to jump in and lend a hand.

I find this to be true in almost all areas of life. People discover someone or something in need. At first they experience fear and inhibition. And then a brave risk-taker comes long and challenges it. As soon as people see it is possible and acceptable to take action, they allow their generosity and compassion to come out. That is, they give themselves permission to be human. So whenever someone breaks new ground or opens a new door, they make it available for all of human-kind. This is the essence of leadership.

So what we need are door-openers. We need people to see a need, jump in, and take a risk- before it is deemed socially acceptable and safe.

Because we all desperately want to do the things we know are right. We just need you to open the door for us. Then next time, we can pay it forward and open the door for someone else.

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