What is a Tribe? Simply put, it is a group of people who follow you because what you have to say resonates with them. And to build a tribe, you have to be willing to change your mindset. Photo by Alexis Brown on Unsplash
Changing your mindset sounds easy, right? Truth is, people are their own worse enemies. I know I am. What I mean is, I wanted to be a writer for the wrong reasons. I was looking for validation that I am a good writer. I wanted to be adored. I wanted people to stop me on the street and ask for my autograph. It never occurred to me that I write because I must write.
Once I realized the obvious, I knew being a writer who writes is the most important thing to me. I am a writer and have been since I was a child. I am a writer! What I have to say matters. Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash
Changing my mindset became important to me. Not focusing on HOW MANY are reading what I write, but focusing on doing the best writing of my life. For ten years (or longer) my goal with writing was feedback from others. And guess what? Feedback was slow in coming or non-existent. Even my kids do not read what I write. My friends do not read what I write, except for 140 character Twitter messages. Jesus even said in the Bible at John 4:44, “Jesus himself, however, bore witness that a prophet has no honor in his own homeland.” (New World Translation 2013 Revision)
Once you know the why of your writing, your mind is freed to write everything–blog posts such as this one, articles, stories, novels. I write because I must write.