They say that birds of a feather flock together. There’s some good wisdom in that. Diversity helps us expand our view and create new ideas, but at the end of the day we all need the fellowship of others who share some common thread. Even the most solitary among us need some sense of belonging, someone to fall back on and help us along our path – that’s why humans create families, communities, friendships, and even employer/employee relationships. Regardless of how you define it, everyone needs a tribe.
In a more entrepreneurial sense, building your tribe – your mentors, cheerleaders and co-conspirators – is an important step in success. They are the ones that can see your vision (although maybe not as clearly as you do) and genuinely want to help you get there. When others dismiss your ideas as just crazy, they are the ones that listen intently and say “That sounds interesting. You’ve got me intrigued. Tell me more. How can I help?”
Many entrepreneurs make the mistake of thinking they have to do everything themselves or it somehow doesn’t count. You can’t do it alone, and you don’t have to. That’s what your tribe is for. Connect yourself with others who are like-minded or have done something similar. Learn from their mistakes. Make the best use of their expertise, and offer up your own when you can. Find people that recharge you, inspire you, and are willing to lend a hand when you need it.
Find your tribe.
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