Jul 19th, 2021
ne of the things I’m proudest of is helping to create a community. The thing that makes the biggest difference in people’s lives is their community. Your community dictates how far you go in life - it will either empower you or keep you down.
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It’s in our DNA to be part of a community. Our primal need is to be part of a tribe. We want to be part of a tribe so much that we are sometimes willing to betray our values to be accepted.
The quality of your life is a direct reflection of the quality of your community. You have to ask yourself who you are being influenced by to predict what sort of life you will have. If you are in a toxic community, it will be impossible for you to thrive; if you are in an empowering environment, it will be impossible for you to fail.
5 things to look for in a community that will empower you:
Get around people who will raise your standards. If you are around people who will let you play small, you will never thrive. The only way to become a bigger player is to be around those who hold you to a higher standard. If your community doesn’t inspire you to go outside your comfort zone and grow, that community is keeping you in a box.
Your results are a reflection of your standards. You will never get results if you are not committed to following through. If you want to change something in your life, raise your standards. But you need to have people around you who will hold you to high standards.
Knowing that you can count on others will give you CERTAINTY. At the same time, if you have nobody you can trust, it will be harder for you to overcome your challenges. But trust is a two-way street; you have to give in order to receive. You have to keep your word.
Is there a vision that you can align with? What is the vision of the community and how can you get behind it? Can you see the impact you can make long-term? If your vision is not so big that it scares you, it’s not big enough.
Just like trust, value is a two-way street. You have to give value to the community in order to receive it. You have to do more for others than you’re willing to do for yourself. If you’re hurting, the best way to heal is to heal others. If you have a challenge, the best way to solve it is to help someone else solve their challenges. Sometimes you can’t see outside of your challenges; a new perspective may fix that. When you help someone else, you sharpen your edge. When you see someone else’s problems, you realize that yours are not that big.
Is your community increasing your faith in people? The news today always highlights how bad people are, but I believe that there are more good people out there than bad. But we don’t highlight the good things people do. The moment that you’re part of a community that increased your faith in people, you realize that more people will help you than take advantage of you.