Disclaimer: This post was created in collaboration with Piloto 151, a cool co-working space in Old San Juan that I've followed for years now, which I contacted for ambinity's first event, Offline Saturdays. As always, all opinions are my own!
OK this is probably going to sound harsh for some of you, but when I first started blogging back in 2013, this was not only a creative outlet, it was also a way to escape from people and environments I disliked. I have come a long way since then and I know this was probably due to my anxiety.
Today, even though I spend the majority of my days online, I've had the chance of meeting some amazing people offline thanks to this blog and my career in digital advertising. And connecting with them in a more personal way has taught me that once you put yourself out there, express your passions and life goals, the universe will put the right people in your way.
In a nutshell, I've learned a few lessons from connecting with people offline and collaborating with them along the way. Here are some of them:
People are cooler than you think
I used to be one of those people who thought most people were annoying and hated when they talked to me for no reason. And don't get me wrong, I still feel that way, specially at the gym or when I'm super concentrated in whatever I'm doing, but who doesn't?!
What I mean is that once you start listening to other people's stories and sharing your owns, you will notice that there is so much more than meets the eye. You might end up not liking this person, but it might as well be your future BFF or business partner! The key here is to never judge a book by its cover. Stereotypes are for losers!
Building your tribe is essential to your success
I define a tribe as a group of people who mutually encourage each other to grow both personally and professionally. And how do you find your tribe you may ask?
You will have to follow your curiosities, wherever it leads you, which is something I learned from Elizabeth Gilbert's book, Big Magic. Once you start expressing your passions with like-minded individuals and you are genuinely happy (notice the bold lettering!) about their success, you will begin to attract the people that will complement you during your own journey.
Having a tribe is not about taking advantage of people, it's about inspiring, bringing positive energy and collaborating with each other. Even if you think these people could be your competition, everyone has a unique perspective and talent to share with you and the rest of the world, so it is our responsibility to lead them and help them grow. Because the more people follow their passions, the happier they'll be, and I think we can all agree this world needs more happy people!
Repeat after me: The journey to success is not a competition!
Gratitude is underrated
Once you start getting out of your comfort zone, you will start to see a world of possibilities and opportunities that will basically fall into your lap. And that my friends, is great news for whatever journey you're on!
Don't forget to take a moment to look at the bigger picture and be grateful and proud of your tribe and for everything that you've accomplished.
Co-working is key!
Once you find your tribe, find a way to collaborate and make other people shine with you! The girls from Colorful Disaster do it with their #ColorfulGuests posts, Zahira Domenech does it with her Tuesdays Together gatherings, Mari Nieves does it by sharing her digital marketing knowledge with her Pink Studios followers and Merodea does it with their Women We Heart Series. I think we can all agree these are all success stories. Am I right?! And like them, there are thousands of similar stories of people who dedicate their life to helping other people succeed or highlighting their successes.
That's why I teamed up with Piloto 151, a co-working spot in Old San Juan, with the main focus of giving local companies the opportunity of working in a community of entrepreneurs with different backgrounds so you can collaborate and grow along them. They literally measure their success by the companies who outgrow Piloto 151, so they can continue to grow in higher scale.
Piloto 151, which is perfectly surrounded by the best restaurants, stores, hotels and important government agencies, provides services that will help you grow your business from scratch, from permits to talent search.
They have Month to Month and Day Pass Memberships with stable and trusty Fiber Optic WiFi so you can work on your freelance gigs, your startup, study or even have a "workation" without worries.
You are braver than you think
Going back to the anxiety blog post, I think that publishing that article was one of the most fulfilling experiences I've ever had since I started this blog. Ironically, it was all about connecting by being vulnerable, (one of my biggest fears!), which left me feeling a lack of connection with you guys. I wanted to meet you, I wanted to know who you were and I just wished I could get to know you outside the computer screen.
I decided to start a new event series called Offline Saturdays where we will gather once a month to talk about issues we talk online, but in a more personal way. My very first event will be this next Saturday, May 27 from 3PM to 5PM at Piloto 151 in Old San Juan. My invited guest will be Zahira Domenech from Eventus by Zahira, Tuesdays Together and creator of the Meaningful Growth Planner. She will be talking with us about the importance of connecting with your followers offline.
Hope I can see you all this Saturday! Don't forget to RSVP through this Facebook Event. :)
Until next time,