Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe

by Sarah Bouy Published Mar 23, 2017 Last updated Mar 23, 2017

by Daniela Manago, Principal Professional

I left the meeting uncharacteristically speechless. I’d met with the BioBridges team to discuss career opportunities—and they’d presented me with a simple question that is so rarely asked:

“What do you want?”

In that moment, I committed to BioBridges, without hesitation. I made the conscious, informed choice to design the best life possible for me in my career. 

I recall the day vividly, even though it was over a year ago.  I feel like I’ve always been here.  It feels right.  Authentic. Natural.

When was the last time you watched creatures in nature? A butterfly, a bird, a squirrel? They have no agenda, except to be what they authentically are.

It’s no wonder it feels like I’ve been with BioBridges forever.  I’m surrounded daily by people driven to make a difference in the world. They are strong, vibrant, authentic and display a level of commitment that is awe inspiring. They are my colleagues.  They are our clients.  They are my friends.  They are leaders in their worlds.

They are my tribe.

Why is a tribe so important? 

Collaboration, commitment, connection—all hallmarks of tribal life and work.

For clients, most projects will benefit from extra support. This support could be in the form of subject matter expertise, additional head-count, or a combination of both.

As a consultant, you may sometimes feel alone, without any resources to utilize but your own.  Finding your tribe means having a built-in coalition of collaborators, a ready-made council to provide counsel. 

The tribe begins with you, believing and trusting in yourself. From there, you attract your tribe. The seeds you plant are what you’ll end up harvesting.

In my last post, I referred to an African proverb: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

What will you choose – to travel faster or farther?  Having a tribe can make all the difference in which one you will do.

Are you working/surrounded by the right people for you? If not, what can you do to attract your tribe?