Finding your tribe will be one of the most profound and personal experiences that you will have. That’s because modern tribes can be family, friends, members of political, coworkers, and even sports fans.
A fact that hasn’t escaped the likes of legendary marketer Seth Godin who provides a succinct definition of a tribe.
- A tribe is a group of people connected to one another, connected to a leader, and connected to an idea.
- A group needs only two things to be a tribe: a shared interest and a way to communicate.
- Tribes need leadership. Sometimes one person leads, sometimes more. People want connection and growth and something new. They want change.
Now that we know what a Tribe is. Let’s dig into the benefits they bring and how you can find the right tribe for you.
A good tribe Can Help Prevent Anxiety and Depression
Finding your tribe helps keep you from becoming isolated when you are depressed, stressed or feeling extreme levels of anxiety. We are a species of social creatures whether we like it or not. Which is why social activities are often times a remarkable antidepressant by themselves.
What To Look For In a TribeA good tribe exercises an understanding of the value of good #mentalhealth and shows a willingness to discuss and practice it. Click To Tweet
Finding your tribe Helps You Be Confident
Being an accepted member of a group is a powerful confidence boost. Having a group of people that you are comfortable around gives you the opportunity to practice social skills and even learn through emulation. Furthermore, finding your tribe will help you celebrate good qualities, achievements, and good habits.
What To Look For In a TribeA good tribe encourages and celebrates the #success of its members. Click To Tweet
A good tribe Makes You Less Afraid of Taking Risks
One of the biggest reasons people don’t take risks is because they are afraid of being embarrassed in front of their tribe (friends, family, co-workers and etc). The best way of getting over this fear of failure is to have a tribe that you can trust to pick you up when you fall down. Better yet is to have a tribe that encourages you to try again.
What To Look For in a Tribe.A good tribe advocates a growth mindset. Click To Tweet
Finding your tribe Gives You Feedback
It’s difficult if not impossible to improve at anything without constructive feedback. Good feedback allows us to pinpoint areas of improvement while great feedback, allow us to learn from the mistakes of others. Both can be gained from finding a tribe that values learning, improving and being helpful.
What to Look For in a TribeA good tribe practices a culture of mentoring. Click To Tweet
Finding your tribe Helps You Meet People
A key characteristic of a tribe is who is in it and who isn’t, and the reason why. A tribe that has an openminded and inclusive culture brings new ideas and new opportunities in the form of new members. Done right this creates an equilibrium between familiarity and evolution within the tribe.
What To Look For in A TribeA good tribe diversifies its knowledge and understanding by being open-minded and practicing inclusivity. Click To Tweet
Finding your tribe Helps You Develop Sympathy
It’s easy to be sympathetic towards people who are familiar and loyal to you. Being a part of a diverse and inclusive tribe allows us the chance to find common ground with people different from us. This sympathy, as a bonus, gives the tribe the benefit of being able to retain and grow its membership. This is essential to the survival of the tribe as the departure of some members will always be unavoidable.
What To Look For in A TribeA good tribe encourages and practices empathy towards its members. Click To Tweet
A Good Tribe Helps You Be More Adventurous
From hunting mammoths to exploring the depths of the ocean, some of the greatest adventures in human history have been tackled by small groups of people united by a common purpose and cooperation. The sense of unity that comes from being a part of a tribe is a tremendous antidote to the fear of the unknown. Which makes them an amazing support system for artists, entrepreneurs, and modern day explorers.
What To Look For in A TribeA good tribe practices and displays a strong desire and willingness to travel and try new things. Click To Tweet
The hard truth is not all of us are born in to or start out in the tribe that is right for us. In fact, sometimes tribes can have an outright detrimental effect on our mental health and enable bad habits. Which is why it is important to remember that we are always capable of leaving our tribe for the sake of bettering ourselves.
For more information on the way the tribes we inhabit can harm us and how to avoid it check out the next part of this guide.
If you need some additional inspiration to find your tribe, check out these wonderful articles by Lisa J from “The Bipolar Writer” and Em from “From Famine to Feast”.