Pump Up and Write Now - Monday

Who knows where things will lead? Matt sure didn't.

Here's a story about a guy (Matt) who never guessed that a video camera, his buddy's suggestion to dance (badly), and the internet would lead him around the world (more than once), all expenses paid. This is what it says about Matt on his site.

Matt is a 34-year-old deadbeat from Connecticut who used to think that all he ever wanted to do in life was make and play videogames. Matt achieved this goal pretty early and enjoyed it for a while, but eventually realized there might be other stuff he was missing out on. In February of 2003, he quit his job in Brisbane, Australia and used the money he'd saved to wander around Asia until it ran out. He made this site so he could keep his family and friends updated about where he is.

A few months into his trip, a travel buddy gave Matt an idea. They were standing around taking pictures in Hanoi, and his friend said "Hey, why don't you stand over there and do that dance. I'll record it." He was referring to a particular dance Matt does. It's actually the only dance Matt does. He does it badly. Anyway, this turned out to be a very good idea.

A couple years later, someone found the video online and passed it to someone else, who passed it to someone else, and so on. Now Matt is quasi-famous as "That guy who dances on the internet. No, not that guy. The other one. No, not him either. I'll send you the link. It's funny."

The response to the first video brought Matt to the attention of the nice people at Stride gum. They asked Matt if he'd be interested in taking another trip around the world to make a new video. Matt asked if they'd be paying for it. They said yes. Matt thought this sounded like another very good idea.

In 2006, Matt took a 6 month trip through 39 countries on all 7 continents. In that time, he danced a great deal.

The second video made Matt even more quasi-famous. In fact, for a brief period in July, he was semi-famous.

Things settled down again, and then in 2007 Matt went back to Stride with another idea. He realized his bad dancing wasn't actually all that interesting, and that other people were much better at being bad at it. He showed them his inbox, which, as a result of his semi-famousness, was overflowing with emails from all over the planet. He told them he wanted to travel around the world one more time and invite the people who'd written him to come out and dance too.

The Stride people thought that sounded like yet another very good idea, so they let him do it. And he did. And now it's done. And he hopes you like it.

Below is another video of Matt dancing with people from all over the world. It is truly inspirational. You have to watch.

The meaning to all this dancing: Keep writing what you're writing, blogging what you're blogging, and be your unique self in all that you do. Because . . . like Matt, you really don't know what will happen next or where things that you are doing today will lead you tomorrow (cliche but true).

Here's to the unexpected. Have a great week!!!


  1. Intriguing story and rather epic videos. :) Plus, it's very encouraging!

  2. I'd never heard of Matt and his weird dancing before but I liked that video! Especially the part in India! Makes me want to dance! :-)

  3. I know, I'm not sure exactly why it gives me that fuzzy-I-can-do-it feeling when I watch the vids, but it does.

    Glad you guys enjoyed it, too.


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