Surround Yourself With Greatness: 5 Tips to Find People Who Inspire You

“If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.”
~Richard Tirendi

These days, I feel like the luckiest guy in the world.

Why? Because I’ve finally found the place where I belong.

I’ve found my tribe.

Every day I’m surrounded by amazing people who inspire me, and who bring the best out of me.

It feels absolutely amazing, and I’m deeply grateful for it. But believe me, it took a while to get here.

Today, I want to tell you the story of how it all came together, and show you how to find your tribe so you too can come fully alive.

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Searching For My Tribe

It all started around March 2011, when I was living in Australia and fell in love with the work of the great Tony Robbins.

One of the principles Tony taught me is that “you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.

This concept stuck with me, and really got me thinking.

Where should I move upon returning to North America? 

My head was filled with big dreams and ideas, and I knew I needed to surround myself with greatness to make them come true.

But where to go? How was I going to find my tribe? 

After thinking about it long and hard, I finally decided that San Francisco was the place.

The Bay Area is renowned for being a hotbed of creativity and entrepreneurship, and is the epicenter of the World wide Web. I figured since I was starting an online business, it made sense to go there… right?

Wrong!

Literally within a few hours of getting there, something felt totally off. The city was too urban, too crowded for the small-town guy in me.

I couldn’t imagine myself living there, even if I got to hang out with the Zuckerbergs of this world every day.

 3 days later, I got on a bus and moved out of San Francisco. Experiment… failed! 

The next morning, I arrived in San Diego, a beautiful city in Southern California with amazing weather, beautiful beaches, and many world-class online marketers.

I loved it at first, but I soon realized that something wasn’t working.

Because the city is so spread-out, my opportunities to be around great young entrepreneurs were few and far between.

I knew that set-up wasn’t going to help me make my dreams come true. After 4 months it was time to say good-bye and try my luck somewhere else. 

I got on a plane and headed over to Boulder, Colorado. I had heard good things about it (ie, it’s ranked the #1 city in the US on the Gallup Wellbeing Index). Even though I didn’t know anyone there, I had a great feeling about it.

Within a few days, magic started happening in my life.

I was meeting exactly all the right people, and I knew something special was unfolding…

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Finding My Tribe

Fast-forward to last Sunday. I moved into a sweet house with 4 people I totally respect and admire. The kind of people who just last year I could only dream of hanging out with!

My roommates Cesar and Banks work at The Unreasonable Institute, an incubator for world-changing social businesses, while Taylor and Romain work for The Unreasonable Group, an organization serving as a catalyst for entrepreneurship in the 21st century and aiming to address the greatest challenges of our time (wow!).

2 blocks from my house is The Village, a house where 5 of my best friends live. These guys are total bad-asses, and some of the most inspiring and hard-working entrepreneurs I’ve ever had the chance to meet.

Evan, Nathaniel and Shane are building Rework, a company that connects exceptional professionals with companies that are making the world a better place. Raul is building Emotion.Is, a social network platform designed to increase empathy and deepen connection between individuals. Finally, Teju is the Co-Founder and CEO of The Unreasonable Institute.

Every day, we all gather up in The Village’s living room (turned co-working space) and crank out epic work ’til the wee hours of the morning.

All of us want to be successful, all of us want to make each other better, and all of us want to change the world. It’s simply amazing.

It took a while to get here, but I can now say I’m truly surrounded by greatness.

Tony Robbins would be proud. :)

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Your Turn

All right, now that you know a bit about my story, let’s turn it over to you!

What’s your current environment like?

Are you surrounded by people who inspire you? People who make you better?

Or Are YOU the smartest person in the room?

If you’re really committed to becoming the best version of yourself and making BIG things happen in the world, it is imperative that you surround yourself with people who make you better.

You might be thinking… “OK, but how do I do that?

Buckle down. I’m about to teach you.

Here are 5 Tips to Surround Yourself with Greatness.

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1. Set The Intention

One of my favorite sayings of all-time is ”Once you commit to something, the universe conspires to help you.” 

If you want to surround yourself with greatness, it all starts with setting that intention.

DECIDE that it’s going to happen and that you ARE going to find like-minded people.  Make a deal with the universe. COMMIT to it.

When I first got to Boulder, I set 2 strong intentions:

1) To move into a large house with awesome people.

2) To become friends with the crew from The Unreasonable Institute (who I knew from watching their amazing reality show).

I didn’t know HOW, but I knew somehow I’d find a way to make these things happen.

2 months later, I’m now living in a large house WITH the Unreasonable crew! 

Amazing, isn’t it? I can barely believe it myself!

It all started with an intention, with being pro-active… and letting the universe take care of the rest. (Thank you!)

Right now, it’s important that you get clear on the kind of people you want to surround yourself with.

What kind of people inspire you? Who makes you better?

Who can help you achieve your wildest dreams?

Get really clear on what these people are like. Then set the intention that within the next year you’ll be surrounded by them.

2. Be Willing to Let Go of Some Old Friends

For most people, this is the hardest step.

As you start evolving as a person, it’s likely that your friends won’t be growing at the same rate as you.  Or that they won’t be dreaming on the same scale as you do.

Is this happening to you already? 

So, what to do? Well, there are two options.

If your friends are negative, or shooting down your ideas/aspirations, it’s time to cut the tie and let go of that friendship. Plain and simple. You need to make space for some better friends in your life.

If your friends are positive but they don’t inspire you/make you better, cut back on how much you see them. Instead of hanging out once a week, scale it down to once a month or so.

Don’t compromise on your values and beliefs, and you’ll attract the right people.

3. Be Open to New Experiences

If you want to find your tribe, you have to be willing to take chances, to put yourself out there, and to do things differently than you previously have.

If you’re living in a city where nothing’s happening, you might have to pack up your things and leave. 

This can be scary, I know. But it’s exciting as hell.

You get to pick ANYWHERE in the world, and design the life you want there. You might grow more as a person in the first few months there than you have in the last few years at home.

If moving is not an option for you, you have to be willing to meet new people in your city. Go to the places where you know inspiring/interesting people hang out. Conferences, workshops, meet-up groups, skillshare events and TEDx events are all great options.

The opportunities are everywhere. The question is: are you willing to take advantage of them?

P.S. When you meet someone new, be friendly, take interest in them, and grab their contact information. Then make sure to FOLLOW UP (by phone, text, email) in the following days. That’s really the key to forming new relationships. 

4. Seek Extraordinary Communities

More and more, groups of extraordinary people are coming together in an effort to help each other reach new heights. These communities are appearing in all corners of the world, and they’re a great way to meet several awesome individuals at once.

As you might know, I spent all of July at The Bold Academy, an incubator for high-potential individuals. The sense of community there was incredible. And more recently, while on vacation in Montreal, I had the chance to spend some time at Valhalla, a new sustainable community aiming to change the world.

Other great communities you can check out are StartingBloc, The Hub or student leadership organizations.

If you want something a bit more funky, check out my friend Tony Neves’ new kick-ass project, The Ignition Lab.

5. Find Epic People Online

Thanks to this great tool called the Internet, it’s easier than ever to find like-minded people. If you search around online, you’ll discover tons of communities of people who can inspire you and help you in your projects.

I encourage you to take it a step further: when you find someone who’s doing something directly aligned with your goals and dreams, email them and build a personal relationship with them. You can’t even fathom where this new relationship will lead in the future.

If you’re really bold, why not invite that person for a quick chat on Skype? There’s nothing like “live” face-to-face interaction, even if it’s through a computer screen! I had a great chat today with a guy who contacted me and a few hours later we’re already working on a very cool project together!

Like I said earlier, when you put yourself out there in life- great things happen. With the Internet, it’s no different.

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So now, I’d love to hear from you.

What strategies are you going to use to surround yourself with greatness? 

Where are you going to find your tribe? 

Whatever you do my friend, don’t settle. Don’t stop until you find that special group of peers.

And soon, you too will feel like the luckiest person in the world! :)

Choose Greatness,

Phil

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Posted on : 24, Aug 2012

60 Comments

  • Hey Phil. Great post. I totally agree that surrounding yourself by the right people is key. You are a product of your environment. You either shape it or it shapes you. Multiple times I’ve had to switch up my social circles in order to be surrounded by people pushing me toward my dreams instead of holding me back from them. It’s tough but always works out for the best.

    The lease is up on my condo on November 1st and I’m thinking about making a bold move to somewhere new. I too have thought about San Francisco, but Boulder has been on the map too. Being closer to Dane Maxwell can never be a bad idea. I currently live in Canada so moving to the states has a whole bunch of interesting problems to solve, but I’m really leaning towards it. Being to Denver before I can see the appeal of Boulder instead of San Fran. Thanks for the article.

    • Hey Cam!

      Do it man! I’m Canadian too and so far that hasn’t been too much of a problem. You get a 6-month traveller’s visa upon entry so you’re good to go for at least a little while. Just make sure you give them a clear return date when you talk to the custom’s officer.

      If you liked Denver, you’re gonna LOVE Boulder. It’s on the next level. And yea being around Dane is great (I hung out with him a couple nights ago).. there’s just so many people out here you can learn from.

      Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help!
      Phil

      • Hey Phil,

        Thanks for the response.

        Boulder definitely seems more appealing to me every day. It seems very similar to Banff, Alberta, but with a great entrepreneur community.

        I definitely have a few other questions, so I’ll hit you up in the next few weeks. I’m excited about the potential here. :)

  • Phil-

    Great post! Having found my tribe, I relate to alot of what you shared and I found your steps to be spot on. Nice break down of the How-To. Clear, clean, and inspiring (and a hella chunk of courage).

    I”m really appreciating the energy your putting out into the world. Way to activate brutha!

    Shine Bright,
    -Boost

    • Thanks Boost, really appreciate it. Glad you’ve found your tribe too!

      Keep passing on the good vibes brother! :)

  • Hey Phil!

    Thanks for writing the post. I’ve recently figured out that the reason why I’m not growing as much is because I’m not surrounding myself with people who aspire to reach their potential through using their uncommon gifts. I used to swim too and I’m searching for the same bond I had with my awesome teammates for my personal life. From my competitive experience, having great teammates is crucial to performing your best! I’m really thankful for them cheering me on to reach my goals.

    I visited my friend studying at University of Denver last winter and we made a day trip to Boulder. I can’t describe how happy I felt being there! Like you said, it just felt right. My lease is up in May and I know Boulder is where I want to be. Next time I’m in Boulder, I would love to meet you in person!

    Keep up the great blog and let me know if I could help you in any way!

    With gratitude,
    Clem

    • Hey Clem!

      That’s funny you make that reference to swimming, because honestly when I’m at the Village cranking out some work surrounded by all these guys (ie, right now) it does bring me back to my swimming days. All pursuing individuals goals but doing so as a team. Best of both worlds.

      Hit me up at phil@feelgoodlifestyle.com when you come visit we’ll go grab a cup of tea!

      Cheers,
      Phil

  • After reading this, I feel as if a lot of my own personal questions have been answered.I have always been a believer of the workings of the universe. And I have always thought that we as people are capable of reaching our full potential when we are surrounded by those who are like-minded in the pursuit of greatness. The term soul mate doesn’t necessarily have a romantic meaning. I think the term itself speaks on the relationships we make with people who just click. Its instantaneous. Like, some people you meet for the first time but feel as if you have known them your entire like. This is how success is born, and this article beautifully expresses that concept. I am an aspiring artist entering my Junior year in college. So I feel as if I am at the point in my life where I am desperate to find where I fit. With people, give what I cant, and take from me what they need. I long for that balance! And thanks to you Phil, I feel as if it is in my reach. Thank you thank you thank you!

    • Hey Mikhail!

      I totally hear you about the concept of soul mates and “clicking” instantly, I’ve been blessed to have that happen to me quite a few times since I’ve come to Boulder.

      The fact that you’re already grasping these concepts in College is awesome, it shows that you are on the right track.

      Follow the steps in the post and I can assure the universe will reward you! :)

  • Love ya work Phil!! Only recently signed up for your newsletters and out of a bucketload of inspiring emails, yours are the ones that I like reading the most :o)

    A few years ago I got into energy healing and life coaching, was lucky enough to find my tribe in London, the majority of whom are Aussies and Kiwis (and even a smattering of Canadians!), and in 2010 I moved to Perth Australia where I now have an awesome little family of my own as well as great friends, stunning beaches, sun setting over the ocean, friendly inspiring people… the list goes on! I also just started Sandy Forster’s Inspired Spirit Coaching Academy Course so am heading towards my goal of being a Law of Attraction Coach soon (on that note if you fancy a free coaching sesh I’d love another guinea pig!!). I got away from the more negative side of London (too much partying, not enough living, and soooo not enough sunshine!!) and found my happy place among awesome people.

    Keep up the good work, love your posts and inspiring messages!

    Have a FANTASTIC Monday!

    Carly

    • Hey Carly,

      Thanks you so much :)

      So happy you found your happy place + tribe! I lived in Perth for 17 months so I know all that you’re referring to! Absolutely loved my time there, if only it wasn’t so damn far from my family!

      I’d love a free coaching session, I’ve been getting into Wayne Dyer’s work around manifesting (reading Wishes Fulfilled & listen to some tapes) so I’m really interested to get your perspective. Can you shoot me an email at phil@feelgoodlifestyle.com so we can schedule a time?

      Cheers!
      Phil

      PS I might have to use the first line of your comment as a little testimonial to inspire more people to sign up for the email list if that’s ok with you? :)

  • Hey, Phil!
    Nice, inspiring article. I’m glad to see that you, too, are a fan of Tony Robbins’ teaching and methods – I’ve just recently discovered him and I’m hooked.

    However, as nice as it sounds to just get up and go out, into the world, and find out which is the right place for you, this needs money. I’m only 19-years old, currently living with my parents in the same room at my grandmother’s place (long family story), but I have big dreams and big hopes for the future, I’m not allowing my past or my current condition drag my hopes down. Yet, I find it difficult to get around the money issue. Nobody hires a young person, with virtually no experience in any field and I don’t know how else to make money in the immediate future.

    I would be really grateful if you could give me some advice or tips, and not just Phil but anyone who is/has been through this type of situation before feel free to jump in and drop your opinions :) Thank you!

    • Hi Madalina

      I’d highly recommend reading How To Be Wildly Wealthy FAST by Sandy Forster, or any other Law of Attraction stuff to get your mindset attracting prosperity/opportunities. Often when you open up to limitless possibilities, opportunities will present themselves that aren’t necessarily focused on bringing in money, but open doors for that to happen.

      Good luck!

      Carly

      • Hey Madalina,

        Glad you’ve gotten into Tony’s work! His stuff is truly-life changing.

        With regards to the money question, well I guess my question to you is what skills do you possess?

        If you have practical skills, then there are always possibilities.

        If you have skills but no experience, you can use this brilliant strategy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5qUR3tpEdA

        If not, then you have to consciously work on acquiring those. There are tons of resources out there that can teach you.

        Remember, at the core the way to make money is to add value to people’s lives!

        • Thank you, Phil, for the reply and the link.

          As for skills, I’m pretty good at graphite drawing and languages, guess I just need to find a way of exploiting these two.

      • Hey, thanks, I’ll make sure to read the book :)

  • Yeah, I am so thinking about getting outta here. I have so much energy and I am hungry for life und creating stuff. But the place I live at (Frankfurt, Germany) is so not creative and boring and conservative. Every person seems to be the same. In this pool of sameness I am the alien.

    Best wishes to you,
    Lena

    • Do it Lena! There are tons of good places with inspiring people in the world.. life’s too short to spend time in a city were you don’t fit in.

    • Lena, we have to meet! I’m living in Frankfurt and have the EXACT same feelings about the city!! It’s not a place to grow creatively, just a place to go for a cookie-cutter career. Ich würde mich echt sehr freuen wenn du mir eine E-Mail schreibst – dann könnten wir uns wenigstens trösten und unseren Umzug planen! LG, Ginger
      ginger@thefeelgoodlifestyle.com :)

  • Hi! My name is Brittany, and I kind of randomly stumbled across this article. I am attending college in Ohio just starting my sophomore year, and I think that there are a lot of great opportunities here for me. My biggest problem is, I don’t have any clue what change I want to make in the world yet. All I know is that I have a higher level of perception and awareness of what life is actually about than most people do. I want to make some sort of difference in the world that involves pushing through the corruption and bullshit facade that this world currently is. I have already decided that I will do something great with my life, but I don’t know what it is, and I have definitely not found “my tribe.” It would just be nice to meet some like-minded people! Advice?

    • Hey Brittany,

      Really happy to hear you’re waking up to your potential- don’t get too worried if you don’t figure it all out at once. You’re already ahead of where I was at your age :P

      One thing I would encourage you to consider doing is to start a blogging and just start jolting down your ideas on the topics you feel strongly about. It’ll help you organize your thoughts, and will connect you with people from around the world who think the same way you do.

      You should also check out the community of my friend Jordan’s website http://www.highexistence.com. Tons of interesting people on there.

      On a more local level, are there any clubs/organizations on campus that you could join? Clubs that do cool stuff, whether it be in the entrepreneurship or social development field?

  • Love it bro!

    And am blown away by the Unreasonable Institute. Shared the video on FB.

    Will definitely put these tips into practice IMMEDIATELY!! :)

    Todd

    • Thanks brother! Yeah the UI is pretty epic stuff, so blessed to hang out with these guys everyday.

  • Great post Phil! Awesome that you have the courage to set up shop, scope out a location, and then change it up like that!

    Good tips about finding a tribe, especially about reaching out to people on the Internet! Sounds like a good way to create opportunities for some collaborative online projects.

    As always, keep up the great work!

    • Thank Natalia!

      I think it all comes back from the fact that I left home when I was 18 to go study on the other side of Canada, in English (French is my first language) and even though I was pretty scared, I worked out super well. From then on, every time I moved somewhere new, it was even easier.

      Yeah the internet is full of people with complementary skillsets to yours, it’s just a matter of finding them and reaching out!!

  • Hi Phil,
    Love your article.
    It’s quite amazing when you set the intention everything starts to come together.
    Going to share your powerful information.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Thanks Lia! It really is magical how things work out when we get clear on what we want.

      Thanks for sharing & have a great day!

  • Hey Phil,
    I am 16 years old.I can’t tell you how much your blog has changed my life and my thinking.I am a Pakistani.My culture taught me just care about your respect in society.When I look at western culture it is nevertheless same in achievement.People like you bring a change to this world you are like auto-tune for muscians.I mean if I had a choice of meeting between you or Mark Zuckenburg I had choose you.Man you are one bad-ass positive person.Please,please would you talk to me via e-mail.
    My email is:fuad.aslam@hotmail.com
    Ok, so we could start our discussion with a question.How can I seem clever in front of other people(very, very childish I know but you know I would like to see your views.I just wanna see your skills in a diverse way.Just trying to apply your positive thinking.It is because the other important questions of my life have already been answered by your intellectual and clever blog).

    • Hey Fuad,

      Sorry about the late response! Wow, thanks so much for your beautiful words.

      With regards to your question, I encourage you to read my latest article, http://www.thefeelgoodlifestyle.com/howtoboostyourconfidence.html it’s going to help you show up more powerfully in front of other people.

      Let me know if you have any other questions!

      Choose Greatness,
      Phil

  • Hi all..
    I’m Vey. I got this problem with my female boss who treated me like garbage. I had this kind of boss in two times a row. The first one i stayed 1 month at the company. And second I was 6 months trying so hard to handle my female boss. She treated her staff like she owned the company, she talking bad when she pissed off. I quit bcos I didn’t respect people who treated me bad, without respect.

    When i’m working with my last boss. I tur ed into this person which always hate and feel bad about myself. I was in this point when i felt stupid and that’s awful n yet wrong.

    I still applying. Wish someday i have thia oppurtunity meet a better n nicer boss. And what I did previous was to prevent myself to fall down and drain.

    I hope u guys will do the same way too. Or maybe you all guys more tougher than me :)

    Just sharing my story thanks for reading n hope feedback from u all..

    Let’s be positive n treat another people nicely..

  • Hey Phil !
    I don’t really know how to explain the way I feel right now.
    You got me mouth-drop right here. I’m from Quebec, i’m a Frenchie too… :) I have no idea on how I ended up on your website. I cannot beleive how much you’ve described just the way I’ve been feeling about my life for the past few months. Some very good things are happening to me (in my head), but all of these things are actually making me roll away from everyone around me.
    I’m 18 and i’ve been seriously thiking about escaping my home town real soon, to get closer to the people that understand me and to the things that inspire me.
    It’s just like no one really understands my hunger for life, the excitement I have about this world, this planet. No one understands Phil.
    But I fell on your website. And made me realise there is actually hope on meeting people that feel the same way.

    Je suis dans une grosse période de remise en question. Tout le monde autour de moi est trop conventionnel…

    This is going to be a sleepless night for me.
    And I thank you so much for it.
    Meilleurs voeux, Annie

    • Salut Annie!

      So glad you found my blog at the right time..

      First of all, take a deep breath. It’s all going to be ok :) Everyone who creates an extraordinary life/makes big things happen goes through that “hmm I think I”m kinda different from most people” phase.

      I moved away from St-Bruno when I was 18 to pursue my dreams and train with the National Swimming Team in Vancouver, and it was one of the best decisions of my life. If your heart is telling you to go out there and explore, then why not?

      “It’s just like no one really understands my hunger for life, the excitement I have about this world, this planet.” I understand it. :) And there are a lot of other people like you out there, believe me, you just have to find them/attract them into your life.

      As-tu lu le livre The Art of Non-Conformity par Chris Guilleaubeau? http://www.amazon.com/Art-Non-Conformity-Rules-Change-World/dp/0399536108/ref=la_B003G218QO_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1349464909&sr=1-2 Je te le recommend fortement, c’est LE livre qui m’a permis de voir que c’etait correct d’etre different et qu’on avait pas beosin de vivre comme tout le monde…

      Aussi, je vais te mettre en contact avec des gens qui sont dans le coin de Montreal qui font des trucs vraiment cools..

      Hope you got a bit of sleep :)

      Big hug,
      Phil

  • Yo Phil!

    We may have met already, at the Village, and I apologize I didn’t make this connection at that time. Chances are you don’t recall who I am, and that’s because I am new to the area and getting settled in with the tribe.

    You see, about a month ago I read this very post and was completely inspired to make an effort to surround myself with the greatness you talked about. After following a few of the links to Unreasonable and reading about the “raddest job in the world” I had no choice but to pursue the opportunity and apply for a position as part of the Unreasonable Adventures team.

    Two weeks after that, I had booked a one way flight from my home in Oregon, and with no plan B, was headed to Boulder to see for myself the magic that really goes on here. I was not disappointed by the energy and good vibes that can be felt just walking down Pearl St. After being welcomed by each member of my new crew, I am now designing websites for Adventures, living and working with extraordinary people who are constantly redefining what greatness really is.

    I’m sure I’ll see you around (sitting next to your roommate Taylor now). Just wanted to make a point to say thank you for writing and inspiring some action to make the most out of the company I surround myself with. This post was the beginning of my big adventure and I love being able to say the spontaneous move to the Rockies was accredited to a blog post from someone inside the community I’m now a part of.

    Cheers

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    • Don’t you have some Instagram followers to be buying? I think you missed the gist of this post Noe. What he’s expressed is the choice he made to surround himself with great people in better situation than if he were living elsewhere.. somewhere other than where he is at right now. Boulder is a wonderful place, nothing to moan about. From the sounds of your response, you didn’t really read the whole article… did you. Maybe the first few paragraphs?

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    • Funny, I thought the same thing when I read your “response”. Projection perhaps?

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  • I am starting out working in the youth work profession as a youth worker, mentor, leader, and motivational speaker working with both children and teenagers. This includes working with all children and teens, including those with and without varied disabilities and special needs, and at risk and troubled youth as well as your average ordinary young person who have smaller problems. I have some experience in the past working with children and adolescents including those with varied disabilities and disorders. I also have experience at planning, developing and leading varied types of groups in which children and teenagers have been participating members of. I am currently volunteering with three organizations in my community. One of those organizations, I work with young children in a play group at a local family homeless shelter. Another organization I volunteer as a youth mentor, mentoring a young boy in the 7th grade, and will be serving on an advisory board for the mentoring program I am volunteering with. I am also volunteering with an international youth organization that has been around for more than 90 years. I am helping to establish and lead a new youth program in my local area through this organization.
    My dream however, which I have all ready begun to develop is a new youth nonprofit organization in my community. The organization has been legally incorporated in the state in which I reside. However, the greatest obstacle I have been running into in my community is the difficulty of finding the right kind of people and support to help get the youth organization, and a group up and running, and getting a foundation established. The greatest challenge and problem I face pertains to recruitment and finding both volunteers and members as well as forging partnerships with existing youth organizations in my community. First of all their is not much available for young people in our community and the whole county in which I live in to begin with and very few private youth organizations that do exist. I have also discovered that most of those people who are in charge of leading the very few youth agencies and programs in our community are not interested in forging a partnership with my organization, or offering any help, assistance and support. Most of them would rather have full power and control over what they are responsible for and are in charge of and are more interested in protecting their own turf. They also tend to be the wrong type of people to partner and deal with to begin with. I find that I can not trust them since they are untrustworthy. I have discovered from my own research by gathering data from a local survey of youth issues in our county that was conducted by our local United Way, there are many issues affecting the young people in our county. From this information alone not only proves there is more that needs to be done for the young people in our community and more to be offered, but it shows to me that what all ready is provided to young people by the very few organizations and schools is not working and they are not doing as good of enough job in how they are managing and leading their organizations and youth related services and programs. It tells me that many more young people are not involved in any program and just a few are involved in programs of poor quality. So far I have not had much experience meeting the right kind of people that can be of great support to me and my dream. I do have more experience with running into the wrong kinds of people including those who work with young people but are not having a positive impact on them and their lives because they frequently mistreat, disrespect and verbally abuse the young people they suppose to be helping to make a difference. I have found in my community very few people who value our young people or do not take much of an interest in them and I have found those in positions of authority who run many different nonprofit organizations and businesses in our community are non genuine, insincere, phony, dishonest, negative, toxic, controlling, anti-social, envious, jealous, prideful and untrustworthy. Most of the young people are treated as passive consumers and as tokens by the adults who work on their behalf and are often controlled and manipulated by the adults that know it all. There has been for a few decades a large population of young people deciding to leave the area because of a lack of good paying careers and employment opportunities. I currently can not afford to move out of my area or I would. Does anyone have any suggestions of how I can go about getting my nonprofit up and running in such a climate and finding the right kind of people even though I have been running into more of the wrong people?

  • This is a topic that’s close to my heart… Many thanks! Exactly where are your contact details though?

  • Phil, reading this blog post you are inspiring me to be inspired and to surround myself with inspiring people! I feel, inspired!!

  • so inspiring. hope to move on with set of new friends and opportunities

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  • This is a wonderful article. I found your article to be very uplifting and inspirational. I really enjoyed how you laid out the steps to achieve greatness. Thank you for sharing.

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