The Importance of Tribes

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I’m honored to be speaking at the 140 Character Conference in Los Angles in a few weeks. I’ll be talking about “Zen Selling” and the idea that elements of zen practice can improve your professional life, specifically a life in sales and marketing. I’m sure I’ll have more to share after the event.

It got me thinking about the concept of ‘tribes’. Jeff Pulver has done an amazing job building tribes all over the world with his 140 Character Conferences. I’ve been to a few before and they’re a great gathering of diverse people who share a common interest in learning and connecting.

In Buddhism there is the concept of sangha. It refers to a community of practitioners and is from the “Three Treasures”:

Buddha (the teacher)

Dharma (the teachings)

Sangha (the community)

All three are equally important to one’s practice and to following the path of The Buddha. The people you surround yourself with should lift you up, support your journey and provide guidance just as much as the teacher and the learnings.

We all know how important it is to surround ourselves with the right people. And, you can find these people – hopefully at work, probably with your family and friends and even through groups like 140 Character and other organizations.

To paraphrase a credit card commercial, “Who’s in YOUR sangha?”

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