Here are a few guiding excerpts from Miki Agrawal’s book Do Cool Sh*t that will help keep your Tribe growing and thriving.
Express happiness when you see your people.
There is no need to be too cool. When you see your friends and family, feel free to emphatically wag your tail. It will always be well received. Show your excitement. You will never regret showing too much love and they will love receiving it.
Let everyone share stories and participate.
At the end of the day, everyone wants to be heard. Allow everyone to feel that way. We host storytelling nights because it brings our community together and because makes the love and support get deeper and stronger. It also gives everyone a chance to tell stories.
Forget the small talk.
Why do it? It’s boring. Dig in. Find out what your family and friends are excited about. Or talk about love and relationships or some other personal topic. That’s always fun and it gets the conversation moving to a better place.
Give credit as often as you can.
Just as people want to be heard, people want to be recognized. Recognize your peers when they do cool sh*t. They will want to keep doing it.
As soon as people feel confident, their authentic selves shine through and that’s when real, genuine bonding happens. As soon as you’re just you, without any front or pretense, it will give permission for everyone around you to be exactly who they are. This will help foster an environment for everyone to just be himself or herself.
Always be thinking about who you know who could help your community. Make connections where both parties stand to benefit and you will be associated with any good that comes from the relationship in perpetuity.
Don’t expect to get anything from it. Just know that you are spreading goodwill for your tribe, and again, the universe is always watching.