VIDEO: Know Your Tribe

My aunt used to have a magnet on her fridge that said,

“Call it a clan, call it network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.”

Jane Howard

As a child, I’d stand there and read this phrase, waiting for my Lemon Ice or Freeze Pop or whatever chilled treat was coming my way. I loved how the rhythm of the words made it sound like a cheer. And somehow, I knew that this kitchen magnet quote held some real truth.

Because guys, if you’ve ever tried to do anything – like start a book club, build a business or build a sand castle – you need people. You need their support and encouragement like a plant needs water.

Thing is, it can be tough to find your crew at first. And it gets complicated when the people you thought might be your most enthusiastic cheerleaders end up being your critics.*

In this video, I’ll show you three ways to assess whether someone’s truly on your team. I’ll also give a shout-out to my tribe – and tell you about a particular time they came through for me like champions.

*Good news, though: people can change!

Interested in my book? Thanks!

A Heart that Breaks and Flutters is my collection of 16 personal essays about 90s childhood, growing up in suburbia, and shiny red bubble wrap. It’s available here.

Do you know your tribe? How have they supported your ventures or bolstered you in times of distress? Comment below!

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