What does it mean to find your creative tribe?
Who or what is your creative tribe?
Dictionary.com gives us the etymology of the word tribe, “
This exact etymology gives us a way to describe what it means to have your creative tribe. A body of men, which the original word means human being, united by common ties of interest, idea, passion, or desire.
It is said that your vibe attracts your tribe. Kara of bohoberry.com puts it this way,
“The only way to attract “your people” is to be yourself. If you are pretending to be someone that you’re not, you’re going to attract a tribe that has nothing in common with the real you.”
Sometimes this can be a process, being the real you. Being the person that you are comfortable being first and foremost and then you can ‘call’ in your tribe. This also comes with knowing who you are, defining your passions and desires, and laying them out.
How can you find your tribe if you don’t know what it is that you actually want? Write down your vision, your desires, your passions. Write down what it is you want to get out of having a tribe, in having a like minded group of creative individuals. Create a vision board laying out the full vision and look at it often to keep the vision before you.
Words have power, focus has power, having a laid out vision has power because it gives you the focus you need to speak those things into existence.
But you know what else has power? Being around those like you.
Be around those:
Who you connect with
Where you buy in
Where you fit
Where you express your full self
Where you can grow
Where you’re at home
Surround yourself with like-minded individuals; those that embody the aspects above. Be around those that bring out the best in you but also want to see you grow; those willing to rub at the rough edges to bring out the greatness within you.
On top of this, don’t forget to pour into your tribe as well. Not only are you finding a group of creative people who have something to offer you, you have something crucial to offer to this group as well. Just as you need them to grow, thrive, and create, they need you too.
Remember to also promote those in your tribe, talk about them to others, get their name and skills out to prospects, and your tribe will repay the favor in kind.
Most importantly, don’t take your tribe for granted, they are valuable and they have much to offer. Everyone brings something of value to the table, no one is left behind. Your tribe may end up becoming your Ohana.
Your tribe is your mind spring, your think tank, your sounding board, your wet stone, and it is also your safety net. They are there to encourage, to help, to see each other grow.
When I think of a tribe I cannot help but think of The Inklings. Men like JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis were a part of this group of men who met often to sharpen the skills of one another. If these men, among many others, never had this kind of tribe who knows if we would have the great literary works such as The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia.
And lastly, be active in your tribe. Don’t just show up once and then blow them off. If they meet on a regular basis, make the effort to join as often as possible, give your insight and input. Don’t be afraid to make suggestions and tap into the creative potential within you to help those in your tribe create their works.
I can guarantee they will appreciate it and it will foster a creative mindset, to constantly keep exploring, growing and creating.
In summary, write down the vision, write down what you want in a tribe. Discover yourself, your persona, who you really are and live it out. In so doing your vibe will attract your tribe and when they come be around them as often as possible. Feed into them and they will feed into you. The results that will come from the creative partnership will be far reaching and the world will be better because of it.
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