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This book has great questions to prompt your own growth, and words of wisdom on how to avoid some pitfalls. My favorite question was, "where do you want to be in three years?" This kind of question has always made me squeamish in the past, as my life was too chaotic to give an answer I felt confident in. Now, however, I am confident in saying, that I'd like to be at peace with my disability, helping others get through the trials of learning a new normal after debilitating illness, and possibly, though I am rather shy, publicly speaking about meningitis fall out and the importance of early testing, vaccination, and aftercare. So, that's where I'm going in the future, and I hope you can come along for the fantastic ride. Some words of wisdom that Allain shared was to give yourself deadlines.
Deadlines help you to avoid the I can do this tomorrow trap and the perfectionism trap. Both of those traps hinder me a lot! I have been caught by the tomorrow trap since August, well, September on some paperwork I need to write and send off by February at the very latest. I need to give myself an earlier deadline than the end of the year, my current deadline, if I'm to break free of this hamstrung trap. So, I promise that I will finish the paperwork by Monday, December 16, 2013. Today is Wednesday, December 11, so that gives me the weekend and a few days to make it so, as my favorite Star Trek captain used to say.
As for a rating for this book, I gave it a 4/5 stars. It's a great book, wonderful even, but like the author wrote, perfectionism is a trap, and so I would feel like I was entrapping Allain by giving his book a 5/5 stars.
Please enjoy this book and share your favorite questions, comments, and bits of the book in the comments section. Thank you for reading! Jen
Allain also has a particular sense of humour that is pervasive throughout the book, as in at least a couple jokes per page. He owns up to this and claims it's something he maintains as part of his identity and the tribe he's forming, unfortunately it wasn't for me. I found the humour to undercut and sometimes distract from the issues he was discussing.
If you're looking for a quick and easy read on community building, this may be for you. If you're looking for a more online and online-tools specific education, this will be somewhat lacking.
That's what Bryan Allain has done to me this past week as I read Community Wins: 21 Thoughts on Building a Thriving Online Tribe. He's also the author of 21 Days to Finding Your Blogging Mojo. I read that one as well and it gives good insight. But Community Wins goes further by bring practical action steps for creators of all sorts of tribes.
In fact, this book would be more aptly called a workbook. Because that is what it is. Bryan tackles everything from understanding your purpose and defining your goals to networking online and offline. That does still happen, ya know.
Each short chapter comes with an exercise. Trust me, if you want the book to make a difference, do the exercises. Otherwise you'll be left seeing other people create while following these very do-able steps.
Definitely more than I bargained for when I read this book - although I went in with great expectations. Now to implement what I learned.
Well, worth your time . . . and a great read, too.
Few people understand community-building like Bryan Allain. He's done it for bands, organizations, and even his own personal blog. Now, he's tell you how to do it.
I liked the fact that this book was more than mere theory; it's a workbook. You can't read it from an armchair; it will force you to get off your butt and into the game.
Community Wins is an excellent, easy breakdown of a process that will guide you in finding and leading your own tribe. It leaves you without excuse. So beware before begin: this book will make you act.
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Contains suggested actions and also discusses the passions and dreams needed to develop a tribe.Read more