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most people, a primary component of being in their element is connecting with other people who share their passion and a desire to make the most of themselves through it´ (103). This quote, from The Element, really made me think about what my life is really missing. I do have a support system within my family but that¶s different than a tribe. I don¶t have a group of people who encourage me and share the same interests. I am missing or have yet to discover my tribe. According to Sandy, a tribe is defined as, ³A group of people who share similar interest, values and beliefs and who are willing to support one another´ (³Ten Ways to Find Your Tribe´). I hope that finding my tribe in college will help lead me to my passion. No matter what you call it; a tribe, posse, crew, gang, network, clan, community, or wolf pack, it is essential to have one. According to Marc, ³One of the most fundamental human needs is the need to belong´ (³How To Build Your Tribe ± Finding µYour People¶´). Besides having a tribe just because they make you feel like you belong, a tribe can help you succeed. If you find a REAL, tribe they will encourage and push you to strive at your passion or in finding your passion. When you are being pushed to strive you usually do higher qualities of work. If you find a tribe in college, who is going into the same field as you, you can study and even learn from
Johnson 2 them. Also, many people don¶t even discover what they truly want to do with their lives until after they discover their tribes. Most people find these tribes while enrolled in college. Tribes help you to discover your true passion which leads to your career. Isn¶t that what everyone¶s going to college for, to find a career? As stated in ³Finding Your Tribe,´ ³You suddenly begin to ³discover´ yourself amount these people´ (Sokanu: The Blog). Discovering yourself is the first step in finding your passion and tribe. If you don¶t know who you are you will have no idea what kind of tribe you want. Now comes the good stuff, tips on how to find your tribe. If you are tribe-less, don¶t fret, many people haven¶t found theirs yet. The first thing that will help you is to think of the qualities you want your tribe members to have. Some examples of these qualities are; treats people with respect, listens but doesn¶t judge, lives with passion, is interested in the same things as you, or is loyal and trustworthy´ (³How to Build Your Tribe ± Finding µYour People¶´). Then, you need to think about what kind of activities you want your tribe to engage in. Your tribe could be involved in sports, art, reading, cooking, or whatever interests you. Be sure to listen to your inner voice and trust your instincts about who you let into your tribe. As Marc says, ³Sometimes you¶ll meet someone new and you¶ll feel drawn to them right away, almost as you were old friends´ (³How to Build Your Tribe ± Finding µYour People¶´). That¶s the type of person who will be a positive member of your tribe. One way to find your tribe is to use Social Media to create an online tribe. Today there are so many ways to connect with people that we should have no excuse not to have a tribe. ³For example twitter allows you to search for people who share your interests and who actively talk about these interests´ (³How to Build Your Tribe ± Finding µYour People¶´). There are numerous online sites you can use to connect with people like Facebook, Myspace, LinkedIn,
Johnson 3 Ning, or blogs. Blogs are a wonderful way to start your tribe. You can create a blog about your interests and see who follows you. Then, you can get together with these followers and host a blog meet-up so you can get to know them. You could also do something as simple as typing your city and interests into Google and see what comes up. Most of the time a numerous amount of clubs or groups will come up. Get involved in one of these clubs and you are sure to find a tribe sooner of latter. Another easy way to meet people with the same interest is to join a group or start a group. You need to seek out local organizations that share the same interests as you. ³These can be small business groups, artist co-ops, environmental groups, church groups, ect. take your time to get to know these people´ (³Ten Ways to Find Your Tribe´). If you are surrounded with people who have the same interest and values as you, you are sure to connect with a few of them. These people you connect with will become part of your tribe. You could also just start your own group, it could be offline or online. You could start an Art group, for example, and make flyers to advertise it. You are sure to get some people to join your group who may possible become your new tribe members. Now that you know how to find your tribe you need to know a little bit about how to keep your tribe. You need to put effort into your tribe so it doesn¶t fall apart and you lose all your tribe members. Tribes don¶t just happen, you have to spend time nurturing them and building your tribe up. If you do this you will end up building up strong relationships, ones that will last, with the members of your tribe. According to ³One Woman Wolfpack: Finding Your Tribe,´ ³There are so many ways to nurture and cultivate your tribe, but the most important one is to spend time´ (³Stylishthought.com´). This is so true, spending time with your tribe is the best thing you can do for the tribe and yourself. You should feel good and encouraged while spending time with your tribe. So why wouldn¶t you spend time with them?
Johnson 4 I have not found my tribe yet, and there are many reasons for this. I go to a small school with snotty girls and I am not surrounded by people who enjoy the same things as me. I do however, plan on finding my tribe next year at college. I plan to do this by doing things like starting a blog, looking for clubs at my college, talk to people in my nursing class, and just by having an open mind. Once I find my tribe I will be sure to nurture it. I want to have my tribe for a long time so I plan on working hard on the relationships with my tribe members. Hopefully I will find a REAL tribe who pushes and encourages me in my nursing classes. I will need a supportive tribe, who will push me to strive, if I want to be accepted into the nursing program my second year. I will also support and be there for my tribe members no matter what they are going through. College is a stressful time and you need a tribe to get you through it! ³There¶s an important difference between being in a tribe as I¶m defining it and being a part of a crowd, even when the members of a crowd are all there for the same reason and feel the same passions´ (Robinson 127). Make sure when searching for your tribe you don¶t find a crowd instead. Crowds aren¶t bad but they don¶t have the same support system you would get in a tribe. Whatever you do, don¶t just settle. There is a positive, supporting tribe out there that shares the same interests as you. Keep searching and using the tips I gave you. It may take time but you will find your perfect tribe. The waiting will be worth it, I promise.
Johnson 5 Work Cited ³Finding Your Tribe.´ 17 Oct 2010. Web. 6 Apr 2011. Marc. ³How To Build Your Tribe ± Finding µYour People.¶´ 16 Aug 2010. Web. 29 Mar 2011. ³One Woman Wolfpack :Finding you Tribe.´ 8 Dec. Web. 6 Apr 2011. Robinson, Ken. The Element. New York: Penguin Books, 2009 Sarah. ³Ten Ways to Find Your Tribe.´ 10 Mar 2009. Web. 4 Apr 2011.
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