The song's music video was directed by Joseph Kahn (Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood
.") It focuses on a Japanese office worker, played by Kenneth Choi, who is best known for playing the character Henry Lin on TV's Sons of Anarchy
. The man's boring life is transformed when he discovers a secret passageway containing OneRepublic.
The clip's theme is based on a quote from Henry David Thoreau's 1854 book Walden
: "The mass of mankind lead lives of quiet desperation." Ryan Tedder explained to Radio.com
: "The idea that probably more than half the population has those moments: you walk to work, and you see everyone else walking to work dressed as you are, drinking your Starbucks going, 'God, is this really it?' And [in the video], the guy has that moment."