“I sound my barbaric YAWP over the roofs of the world.” – Walt Whitman
This quote plays a central role in my favorite movie of all time, Dead Poet’s Society. In the famous scene, Robin Williams is the teacher and Ethan Hawke is the student. Ethan Hawke doesn’t believe he can write poetry and skips the assignment. Robin Williams calls BS on Ethan Hawke and makes him YAWP in front of the entire class. Ethan then creates a poem on the spot.
I first saw that movie when I was 18yrs old and saw it through the eyes of the teenager played by Ethan Hawke.
I live with my own limiting beliefs. I’ve told myself that I don’t have personality, that I’m not creative, that I’m not artistic, and that I’m not funny. Part of me wanted to be left alone just like Ethan Hawke’s character in the movie. But part of me appreciated when people saw my potential and called BS on me.
Robin William’s character ends this famous scene by telling Ethan Hawke’s character to “never forget this.” Today, I see this movie through the eyes of Robin Williams character. I’ve come to appreciate so many people have so many good ideas waiting to make a difference.
In 2012, I started looking for ideas that work in today’s Connection Economy. When I find one, my instinct is to build pathways for others to leverage it. This site is a place for me to share those ideas that work. Each of us has a barbaric YAWP waiting to be unleashed.