Do You Belong?
Kevin Salwen on About Work
A friend and I were talking the other day about whether a Little League teammate of my son's would make the All-Star team. He acknowledged the kid's talent, but then added: "I don't know if he's got the sense of belonging, that the team is his." In other words, would this boy do the "deer in the headlights" thing at the next level of difficulty or step up to the challenge? Was he ready to take ownership of his environment?
We see similar things in business, politics and life, of course. Some people naturally take the reins, they have that "it" that makes others believe they can handle a situation. Some refer to it as confidence, some as arrogance. Still others may never have it.
Here at Worthwhile, we're raising capital to build on our successes in the magazine and online. We look 2 years out and know what a phenomenal business there is to grab as more people demand a worklife of passion and purpose (yes, this is a sea change) -- and we have to show potential investors that we're the ones with the right plan and the "sense of belonging." (The reverse is true too: We look to see if they "belong" with us.)
How about you? Is your sense of belonging always authentic? How do you pump yourself up for it?