Support and community
Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours. — Les Brown
Writing, coaching, and entrepreneurship have words for people we serve. These are relationships. We provide a service or good, and they trade a portion of their time. We receive that time as money. We call them readers, customers, or clients.
Rarely are these people called supporters. Yet, that’s what they are. What if we both thought and treated them as friends or family?
For me, this is both tangible and intangible. It not just about saying you are doing to do something. You must follow through.
Purchase from those who help you, if you can. If you can’t, share a post, or write a review. Follow through. Answer social media at least with a clap, thumbs up, heart, or emoji of your choice. Tag someone else who can answer or help, cheerlead, or butt-kick. Schedule time, not for surfing social media, but for relationship building.
Make time for friendship and sometimes sending private messages. Donate to a friend’s cause because it’s a great cause, or because you believe in someone else’s dream even if you don’t fully understand it.
A handwritten thank you note will leave an impression.
Community is a feeling of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals. Community or when it’s done well, is framily, sometimes friends, often family.
We may not see eye to eye on everything, especially in this overly political world we live in on social media. However, your second cousin’s weird step-uncle’s ex-wife’s second sister who shows up at Thanksgiving, that doesn’t matter in a great community.
How we care and support each other is what makes a community a great community. What makes a great community, not just another online group of people, is tangible interaction outside of electricity. People who are real enough to call each other, send letters, meet up, and vacation together.
A community is not just a group of people who buy what you sell, but people who want to help everyone who buys what you sell succeed. They are unique and rare, but very possible.