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It’s Better to Be With Your Tribe Than Try to Please All

April 25, 2017 // R. Shawn McBride // 2 Comments »

We’ve talked in earlier blogs about having a tribe, or people that you gel with that get you, (,  but a lot of times you’ll encounter other people, either casually or through your business circles who are looking for something different than what you are, and it’s better to be true to yourself than to try to run afoul and please others. In The Three Laws of Empowerment,, we talk about empowering yourself and working a plan that’s authentic to you. Part of being authentic to you is taking positions, being who you truly are, doing the things you love, and focusing on the things that you do great.

Part of that naturally excludes other things. You can’t be all things to all people. You really want to gel on who you are and what you’re offering and think in terms of that and the tribe that gets that. Don’t try to please everybody, because you’ll fall down. You may even lose part of your tribe if they see you trying to be other things to other people. Really figure out who you are. Don’t try to please everyone. Stay true to your tribe and make sure that you’re doing the right things for them and for you.

What’s been your experience? Have you had difficulty staying true to your tribe? Have you wandered in the past? Have you found success in staying focused on who you are? Join us in the comments below and let us know about your thoughts and experience.

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2 Responses

  1. Dave Woods says:

    As a communication person and aspiring wordsmith, I admire your integrity to speak so honestly and directly. Your TEDx talk and this are rather strident in today’s world of (sometimes) overly-filtered business/social communication.
    The general chatter should be more like this. Thank you for clean, concise communication.

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