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Build Your Tribe: Surprising Results of Having a Team Following

January 13, 2017 // R. Shawn McBride // No Comments »

As the R. Shawn McBride Law Firm, PLLC (  ) and McBride for Business, LLC ( ) have grown, I’ve been more and more intentional of finding people that I believe are in my tribe: business owners, supporters, others who are a match philosophically, in business philosophy and business positioning. We may all be in different businesses, but we all think of business the same way, and we’re all really part of a tribe.

I’ve been working very hard to build that tribe. There’s been a surprising result, a surprising outcome. As I’ve built that tribe around me, as I’ve done more and more to have the team that works with me, I’ve found more and more support. Recently, I had to get support for a project, so I started looking at my list of contacts. As I was scrolling through, I found a surprising number of people who were supportive of the project. I said, “That person will support me. That person will support me. That person will support me.”

What’s shocking about it is, I don’t think I would have had that level of support a few years ago. I wouldn’t have had so many people that I could have turned to and asked for support. People would not have been as willing then as they are now. Back then, I didn’t have the right tribe. I wasn’t hanging out with the people that I wanted to be around, the people that would support me and allow me to grow. As I’ve been more intentional in this effort, I’ve built a better and better team around me. I want others to hear that message.

I want others to do that – to build that team. Stick around others that are supportive of you in your business, that give you positive energy. Minimize your time with those with negative energy, those that take away from your power. Then you’ll be surprised. The day will come where you need your tribe, and your tribe will be there for you.

What have you done to build your team? What’s been your philosophy in getting the right people behind you. How have you built your business?


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Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment ( , gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can reach R. Shawn McBride at or (214) 418-0258.


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