A friend of mine recommended this really inspiring TED Talk presented by Amanda Palmer, a musician and highly successful crowd sourcer.
In this short 13 minute video, Amanda talks about how creating a connection with your community or crowd can create amazing things for yourself and your projects. To give you a quick background, Amanda’s band was signed with a record label as their popularity grew. After selling just 25,000 records, the label dropped the band and they were forced to go back to the drawing board. Amanda decided to give the music away for free and start one of the most successful music kickstarter campaigns. Initially asking for $100,000, the campaign quickly grew to over $1.1 million. Amanda attributes this success to the ideal that people genuinely want to help each other and if you aren’t afraid to ask, then you will be amazed at the results.