To Be Consistently Successful, Seek Out Community
An email from Peter Diamandis talks about the the surprising affect of community for entrepreneurs. Diamandis, who is the founder of the X Prize Foundation and many other things, talks about the one thing that most affects us in life. His email about entrepreneurial community is so profound that I will share much of it here with you.
Diamandis starts by saying, “You’ve likely heard the saying that you’re the average of the five people with whom you spend the most time. But beyond individuals, the communities you spend the most time with directly and consequentially impact your mindset.” I cannot begin to emphasis for you how true this is. Who we hang with has consequences – for both our personal and our business life. It's why I have suggested so many times that you cannot create something new with the same thinking process and community that brought you to where you are now.
He goes on to say, “When you come up with a crazy idea, or talk about exponential technologies, or brainstorm solutions to billion-person problems, do you have a support network that inspires and supports your big thinking? Or do friends shut you down and tell you that you’re crazy?
The truth of who you hang out with and their effect on you
Here's more from Diamandis.
- Remember that the day before something is truly a breakthrough, it’s a crazy idea. To be inventive, to make a difference in the world, an entrepreneur needs a support network that will embrace and explore crazy ideas. Your community shapes what you do.
- If you want to lose weight, hang out with skinny people.
- If you want to be fit, hang out with friends who exercise.
- If you want to think big and aspire to change the world, hang out with people who have Moonshots and massively transformative missions.”
I've always searched out and joined communities that are substantially different from what I am doing at the moment. I know that to jar myself into seeing solutions and learning new ways of thinking and working, I can't stay in the same box with the same people decade upon decade.
- It's why I went to Bali to study bodywork, which gave me unique offers in my community back during my massage therapist days.
- It's why I have spent weeks in silent retreats, gaining perspective and calmness that serve me every day in my work with
- It's why I pushed myself to join mastermind groups where I didn't know a soul, and felt uncomfortable.
- It's why I take many of the online courses in Masterclass that have nothing to do with my work. Except, I always learn something that gives me depth and new ideas for my clients. (By the way, I highly recommend the Masterclass All Access Pass (my affiliate link) to become a more well-rounded entrepreneur.)
Here's the rest of Peter's message about the importance of entrepreneurial community. “We forget how recently it was that our birthplace and the language we speak shaped our destiny, influencing our identity and potential. This is no longer the case. Today, each of us has the ability to search the world and find “our peeps,” wherever they may live on the planet. Our goal should be to find those who dream the same big dreams and believe in a better, more abundant world. I believe that there is nothing more important than “community” for an entrepreneur.”
In the 20 plus years I've been an entrepreneur, I've come to see the truth of Peter's statement. There is nothing more important than community for us, and where we “hang out” has direct consequences for us.
5 ways to benefit the most from entrepreneurial communities
How do you make this simple truth work for you rather than against you?
- Go out of your way to meet new communities. Don't settle for what is convenient.
- Swallow your anxiety or fear. People want to connect with you as much as you want to connect with them.
- Have something to say. Don't just listen. Share who you are. Share your vision.
- Accept ideas and comments as building blocks, and forget the word “criticism.”
- Sharpen your vision. Really dig deep and figure out what it is you actually want to do.
We all either evolve or devolve every single day. It's up to us individually to make sure we stay in the evolution lane. Community helps us evolve. New and different communities help us evolve beyond what we already know and believe.
If you are a woman entrepreneur, you can join my Salon for Women Entrepreneurs, a secret Facebook group, simply by asking. To do this, go to Facebook and private message me there.
Let me also strongly recommend Masterclass to you. If you like to find out about a lot of different topics, go check out Masterclass. It's amazing! I've taken classes with Ron Howard, Steve Martin, and many more. All from my own desk.