On a rainy Monday early in December 1955, 40,000 African-Americans boycotted the public bus services in the town of Montgomery to protest the arrest of 42-year-old Rosa Parks who refused to give up her seat to a white passenger.
Their boycott lasted 381 days until the city repealed its law requiring segregation on public buses.
Rosa Parks’ story is one of the most enduring examples we have of the power of one person to change everything.
We tend to forget that the ‘power of one’ rule also applies to revolutions in the commercial world.
It is natural to want to get your product into the hands of everyone who needs it.
But thinking about how to influence the masses leads to missteps in understanding what is driving the decisions of the few people you have the best chance of reaching and impacting right now.
Like any revolution, success happens one user, one customer, one raving fan at a time.
Never be afraid to start small.