I went to an online dictionary to get a definite definition of the word “community”. Because, that is after all, what our organization is about. Building community. Building a community of like-minded women in micro-business world wide. Women seeking success. Women seeking their own version of success. The description goes on and on. . .
But the dictionary doesn’t define “community” the way I experience the word. So perhaps it’s the wrong word. Perhaps community is a word for another age – another era. Perhaps the world in which we live doesn’t need community as much as it needs something much more defined by the genius of Seth Godin, entrepreneur-par-excellence’ and prolific author. Hands down the author of some of the best books on business and the business of life to be found anywhere!
Ah, here’s what I’m looking for: “A tribe is a group of people connected to one another, connected to a leader, and connected to an idea. For millions of years, human beings have been part of one tribe or another. A group needs only two things to be a tribe: a shared interest and a way to communicate.” ― Seth Godin,
Oh but it’s much more than that! In theory; the concept of “tribe” needs to be understood by those who would join my tribe – or yours, if only they knew what it meant to do so! Because it is meaty stuff – the “stuff” of tribes; I’ve included some links where you can learn more about Godin’s concept of tribes: A slide share presentation by Brooke Boser entitled “8 Lessons From Seth Godin’s Tribes” and a magnificent TED presentation by the fellow himself
Why this blog today? Why this subject today? Because our organization is a TRIBE. Yes, A Women’s Place Network which does business as Affiliated Women International (AWI) is a tribe. The women who gather round may not realize it; but it’s true. They gather round because in some aspect of their life and business; their passion resonates with ours. They know in their hearts and minds that we share many things in common. It’s a basic human desire to ‘connect’ with others – others with whom we share a common mindset and life interests.
Our passions connect! That’s the essence of my definition of a “tribe”. We connect at a level much deeper than simply speaking the same words. We connect because the words we speak come from an authentic and transparent desire to make change – real change. Change in our own lives – and change in the lives of our fellow tribe members. And I suspect many of us would do it no matter how long it took to payoff financially. In fact, we are part of the tribe because it’s not about the money.
It’s about the idea – the connection – the tribe and all that means to us intrinsically. And there are many guru’s telling us that when we reach this kind of world perspective; the money will follow! In fact, Marsha Sinetar, well-known author, mystic and poet wrote a book “Do What You Love. The Money Will Follow“. Ms. Sinetar didn’t say how long it would take – just that it would happen.
But other guru’s are now telling us that we’ll achieve what we desire when we make it about the other person – or persons. In fact, some of the most famous guru’s, like Bob Burg, John David Mann and Seth Godin tell us the same thing. That when the heart’s motivation is to give and we follow such an inclination – we are more likely to get what we desire as well. Eventually, that is. . .
So why the title to this post? Why if you’re not a heretic do you need to get out of the way. Because tribes in the sense of which Godin speaks are necessarily begun by those who push the status quo. Those the rest of the world views as “heretics”. While having folks who disagree with our view of the world can be a good thing, i.e. spur us to sharpen our vision and dig heels into our mission – there comes a time when tribes and their leaders need to move well beyond the naysayers for whom heretics are to be squelched!
As we move forward, I will say much more about our tribe. Because “tribes” have passion and they have a history. I want to share our passion and history with any and all who read this post – and the one’s to follow.
I want to do so not just for the curious; but for those who may like the idea of being a heretic in the same sense as we are!
Linda S. Fitzgerald, CEO & Visionary Partner
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