Every four years, the worldwide calendar reminds us of a secret.
Leaping powers innovation, it is the engine of not only our economy, but of a thrilling and generous life.
Of course, you can (and should) be leaping regularly. Like bathing, leaping is a practice, something that never gets old, and is best done repeatedly.
But we don't need a worldwide holiday (one that lasts an entire year) for you to leap. You're already doing it.
No, the benefit of the holiday is to give you an excuse to encourage others to leap. It's socially acceptable to say, "Happy leap year." And then explain. Every four years we get to spread this subversive idea.
The existing power structure wants to maintain the status quo, and is generally opposed to the concept of leaping. In fact, if you want to make change happen, if you want to give others a chance to truly make a difference and to feel alive, it's essential that you encourage, cajole and otherwise spread the word about what it means to leap.
Right now, tell ten people about how you're leaping. Ask ten people about how they hope to leap...
An opportunity to help the people around you level up. It's an obligation, an opportunity and a chance that I hope you'll accept. Tell the others.
Culture changes everything.
To celebrate this magical day, a few suggestions. First, two projects I've done as fundraisers for Acumen's educational work (all of my share goes to their essential work in building a new way to educate social entrepreneurs):
Leap First, a short audio program I recorded for Sounds True. There's a special price today in honor of leap year.
My much celebrated Leadership Workshop is now available in a more traditional online-course format. That link takes you to + Acumen and a significant discount if you sign up with them. You can find the course page here.
Thanks to people like you, we've already raised more than $120,000 for Acumen.
Here are some quotes and reviews from the first two disruptions on offer:
"So eye opening! Thank you so much for sharing with us and for contributing your knowledge to benefit a larger cause"
"No more standing on the sidelines. If it’s change we are going to make, we are in good company"
"Seth does it again, in a calm and clear voice, sharing ideas that will empower you to think and leap towards working and shipping with intention."
"I consider myself a student of Seth's concepts, ideas and work, if you are like me you will find it refreshing and with sharpened insights, if you are new, prepare to live and work in a truly different way."
"Terrific three hours. Plenty to think about. Plenty to do..."
And two more to consider, when you're ready to help people get serious about the opportunity:
You can buy 120 copies of Your Turn for $96 off today only using code LeapYear. What would you do with 120 books? How about starting a conversation across your entire organization about what it means to leap?
Today's a great day to forward this link about the altMBA. Applications have just opened for session 5, our last session before the summer.