Monday, July 07, 2008

The Wacky and Wonderful Matt Harding

If you're one of the few people who haven't seen Matt Harding dance, here's your opportunity. (The video below has received over 4 million hits.) This guy is great. Wise beyond his years and totally joyful, he hails from my hometown of Westport, CT. But unlike most kids who grow up here, he opted not to go to college, becoming a video game designer instead. Then in his mid-20's, tired of staring at a computer screen all day, he quit his job. Using some cash he'd saved, he took a six-month trip around the world. Everywhere he went, he videotaped himself dancing. Friends started posting his videos on their blogs. The media eventually took notice. Now, five years later, he's getting paid by Stride chewing gum company to travel and dance.

Note:If you love this video, take another few minutes and watch Matt's video of his trip to the African jungle: "Facing My Spider Phobia." (Just go to and type in "Facing My Spider Phobia" in the search box.)

Talk about walking through fear!

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