As creative, entrepreneurs and leaders, we often want people to immediately understand our movement, join our cause and fill our proverbial and literal coffers with love, support and money.
It doesn't work like that.
By definition, a movement is something that moves the cultural needle to somewhere else it On TEDWomen's opening night, MeToo movement founder Tarana Burke said it eloquently:wouldn't naturally go.
As survivors, we often have to hold the truth of what we experienced. But now, we're all holding something, whether we want to or not. Our colleagues are speaking up and speaking out, industries across the board are reexamining workplace culture, and families and friends are having hard conversations about closely held truths...The waterfall of feelings we're feeling across the globe is collective trauma.
The MeToo movement has made the world better, exposing the hypocrisy, false meritocracy and power plays hidden in our society - including in Silicon Valley. But was it something that everyone wanted? Obviously not, as it threatened the very power dynamics some wanted to defend.
What you do comes from the change you seek
So, if you want to change the world, the world isn't going to immediately think your goal is good. It may even try to shut you down. You could be doing a rights movement, like MeToo, or simply trying to sell a new innovative idea to help the world. You will face resistance.
Civil and childrens rights champion Marian Wright Edelman captured the idea perfectly during her own TEDWomen discussion this week:
The luckiest people in the world have been born at the intersection of great needs and great injustice and great opportunities to change them, so I just feel very grateful I could serve and make a difference.
The ability to lead a movement is a skill, but the ability to see the necessity of a movement is a gift. Each and every one of us is privileged to see some type of need within the world - otherwise, we wouldn't be willing to sacrifice our time, energy or health to change it.
Burke admitted that, a year after starting the hashtag, she was exhausted from the journey. Her true strength, though, comes from the privilege of being on the front lines and seeing the transformations happen in each individual she's influenced.
Isn't that worth fighting the resistance to your big idea?