FIND YOUR TRIBE
Call it whatever you like: your clan, network, posse, gang, pack, your family. But take the time to find them!!!! These are the people that accept you as you are and want the very best for you!
The right group will help you:
GIVE YOU THE COURAGE TO TAKE RISKS
GIVE SUPPORT WHEN NEEDED
Finding a community will empower you and give meaning to your work. Your creative work is more than a hobby and they know it!
Your tribe will add momentum to what you are doing. Think of geese that travel in packs. It is said the geese travel 75% faster in a group than when they are alone. So, doesn’t it make sense your creative goals and dreams will come to fruition faster if you find your tribe?
Your tribe should be people you trust, people that genuinely care about you and your work, that will cheer you on. But, remember, reciprocity is key. You also have to encourage, inspire and cheer too, And you must do it honestly (just keep your ego in check and don’t be judgemental).
Being around others opens up the floodgate of more possibilities, ideas and opportunities.
Find a mentor. Pavarotti had mentors throughout his career. Jonathan Williams mentored Robin Williams. Nicholas Cage mentored Johnny Depp. Thomas Edison mentored Henry Ford. Thomas Jefferson mentored Lewis & Clark. Paul Robeson mentored Obama.
Where are you going to find them? First of all, get out of your house, go out into the world.
Case in point – recently the Women’s Caucus For Art in Georgia hosted DrawFourDays. A group of almost 20 women got together for four days and drew . I was unable to take part, but I did visit. What did I find? I saw friendships being forged, respect among the participants and creativity beyond anything I imagined.
Be curious! Be Brave! Get out there and mingle! Who knows what could happen!
Next week Week TWO of 21 Weeks to your Most Creative Self: Believe