If you’d like an infusion of fun innovative energy and to create unabashedly, take 10 minutes to check out this series of videos, guaranteed to draw you in and make you smile.
The first video was created by Harvard University’s Baseball Team doing their rendition of Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen. Their parody spurred a movement among college baseball teams and other club sport across the country to create their own renditions.
The second video was created by Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and friends. The homemade feel and their willingness to make this song their own is refreshing. For a group of performers who are used to major productions and very aware of their public image, it’s freeing to see them let loose and have fun.
The last video, by the original artist, brings us back to a time of innocence and freedom. It showcases the vulnerability and intensity of emotion felt with high school crushes almost like the validation we so often look for when embarking on a new path or starting something new.
What I love about these parodies is the energy you feel watching these kids come together to creatively express themselves and make it their own. The videos are fun, upbeat, collaborative and automatically draw you in.
Think back now, can you say the same about the last project you initiated?
Their courage to be seen and willingness to drop the need to create a polished image and perfect their execution provides us with inspiration to:
- Be more creative in our work
- Overcome fears of taking risks
- Experiment with new modalities
- Collaborate with others in new ways
- Lighten up and have some fun
Whether you are leading an initiative, embarking on a new career path, starting new work or invigorating an established project, I encourage you to think of these kids and employ some of their strategies.
I guarantee people will be drawn to your energy, readiness to stretch and put yourself out there.
Addendum: check out this one!