We‘re social creatures — relationships and connections affect us in big ways. Consciously and unconsciously.
It seems to be like this in all areas of life … spirituality, lifestyle and recreation, creativity, and so on.
Seek out, develop, and sustain new connections
Now if we want to level-up and improve in any area, what do we need to do?
We need to seek out, develop, and sustain new relationships, adding them into our lives. This takes initiative. It can require courage. We’ll probably have to become stronger than we feel right now.
This certainly applies to writers. Have you noticed that not everyone is a writer? We need to connect with others who are like-minded. There’s something about getting around other writers and entrepreneurial-minded individuals. That’s what it’s going to take.
Writing is not for the fainthearted. And developing an entrepreneurial edge to get your ideas and stories out there takes courage, inspiration, and good information.
We have a dynamic opportunity online
You’ll probably be able to find some of these people within 20 miles of your home. If you’re in a larger city, it will be easier. Writer’s groups, book groups, etc. — it’s important to find your “tribe” to support and shape your writing and publishing.
Today, we have such opportunity. The internet has created a flatter and more open world. See the Ted Talk video below by Don Tapscott. He gives us 4 principles that make up the new open world: collaboration, transparency, sharing and empowerment. It’s good!
Subscribe to quality blogs for writers and influencers. Leave comments that add value on blog posts. Listen to podcasts. Subscribe to relevant, leading YouTube channels. Follow inspirational and informative social media. Read the leading books for writers and online businesses.
Initiate relationships online, and then start nurturing them. I would say that roughly half of my connections with writers/publishing were discovered online. Then it’s email and phone calls. Soon, it feels like you’ve known them for quite a long time.
There’s a level of energy and inspiration which runs on those connections. It’s the stuff of life and work.
Dan Tapscott: Four Principles for the Open World