“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together” – African Proverb
Recently, I made a drastic lifestyle change, opting for nonconformity and jumping into adventure. I’m not going to lie, it was a huge step and I had many conflicting thoughts rushing through my brain. Am I doing the right thing? Did I just ruin my life? Did I just do the best thing ever for my life? Should change my mind? What if I fail? Will the struggles be worth it? But what helped me stay firm on my commitment was support from my family, friends, and even complete strangers!
The thing about life is, it certainly has its risky moments. We’ve all heard the phrase “high risk, high reward” and it is true in many scenarios. As a major action/adventure fan, I often find myself watching many “end of the world” type movies where one risky action saves the day. Take, for instance, Lord of the Rings, where the whole goal is to sneak under the nose of the most evil villain in the world to drop a ring back into the fires where it was forged. In World War Z, the main character walks into the nest of the zombies to find a cure, even though one bite means certain death. And in The Hobbit the whole company sets out on a quest with a dragon waiting at the end! But you’ll notice one common theme in all these movies. Each hero had a comrade or a community of people who believed in them and believed the risk was worth it, despite what the naysayers said.
It may be faster to go alone, but you don’t want to turn up burnt out at the end of your journey. Here are some ways you can build a community of support both online and offline:
Groups and Communities are an excellent way to meet like-minded individuals from all over the world. I tend to join closed Facebook Groups with members participating in a blog challenge or course. In some cases, Groups are focused on shameless self-promotion, but I always get much more out of real conversation and building relationships before marketing.
Tweet Chats are a great way to gain a bigger perspective on topics and issues you are passionate about. Additionally, you have the added benefit of learning more and connecting with individuals you previously were not aware of. For example, I connected with 30 new people during the first Tweet Chat I participated in and learned new tricks and tips.
We all have personal goals we are working on achieving. Coach.me helps you do just that by selecting a goal, linking you to a community and adding a coach (the coach is a premium). As you meet your goals each day you can check them off your to-do list. Additionally, you can ask questions and interact with other members working on the same goal. I love this app because it shows up in my iPhone’s notification center, plus I met one of my accountability partners through this app!
If you’re looking to build a community offline or you’re new to a certain city, Meetups are the way to go! As a writer, I’m curious about what steps published authors have taken to publish and promote their work. I also have several questions about their writing progress and styles. It’s exciting to meet face to face and have the opportunity discuss, write and learn.
Many cities have a center for entrepreneurship or coworking options. For a daily, monthly or yearly fee, you can join and interact with other passionate men and women. Coworking also provides a workspace for you to make things happen.