I was so touched by this response to last week’s Boston tragedies that I wanted to share it with you. If you’re not familiar with the tradition, Boston Red Sox fans sing the Neil Diamond song “Sweet Caroline” at every game. After the awful events of the week, Neil Diamond himself showed up to sing his song with the fans. Here’s a video to see it for yourself (and I do recommend you take just 4 1/2 minutes to watch it – it’s very uplifting and inspiring):
What I love about this performance is that he just showed up and did it. If you noticed the lag between his voice and the PA, it is due to the lack of proper audio being set up. He was actually singing along to what was being broadcast instead of getting the sound track through an earpiece. Instead of detracting from his performance, I think it actually enhanced it. Instead of acting like a mega-star and demanding that the equipment be just so, he saw a chance to do something nice for people and took it. He wasn’t concerned that this less-than-perfect performance would be widely broadcast and live forever, his mind was on the people who were benefiting from his presence. Like a true professional, he even adapted to what he had and by the end of the song he sounded pretty good!
This is a great example of focusing on how you can help and serve others without worrying about making yourself look perfect. As solopreneurs, it’s easy to be so invested in your business and how you represent yourself that you don’t end up releasing products and services that people could benefit from. How sad that is!
What would happen to your business if you simply stopped thinking about how you look to others and stopped worrying about looking stupid? What would you do? What products and services would you launch that have been languishing in the wings? Consider taking a leap and releasing those new ideas today and tell me about it in the comments.