I'm reading Seth Godin's book, Tribes, right now. It's really helping me visualize what leadership means.
"Imagine a cocktail party in its early stages, where everyone is standing around, waiting for something to happen. Or a marketplace before it opens, filled with shoppers but with all the stores boarded up, with nothing to create energy or excitement... Leaders figure out how to step into these vacuums and create motion. They work hard to generate movement - the sort of movement that can transform a group into a tribe."
He says that all of us are participating in tribes without even acknowledging it. Until we do, we're part of the group.
"A group needs only two things to be a tribe: a shared interest and a way to communicate."
Think of any interest you're passionate about that you share with some community of people. If you want to, you can find those people and provide a means of communicating. You could lead the tribe.
That's one of the ideas behind The Pizza Bats, too. One of the reasons we started this e-mail list was to help people change their situation. Maybe it sounds melodramatic, but I describe my mission as "defeating the stereotype of the starving artist."
There are other artists out there like us who have been told that if they choose to create that they will never make a living. Maybe you've been told that too at some point. But it just cannot be true in this amazing time! It's just going to take a lot of persistence to research and understand why we want something different, why we feel we can't have it, and how we are going to rise above it. So... we're trying to figure that out, and we're documenting the learning process.
Thank you all so much for being a part of it,