About 20 years ago I started a website called SaveComics.org.
Comic book sales were flattening. I thought if comic book artists came out of the shadows (most of us work from home) we could introduce kids to our industry and get more children reading comics again.
My goal was to find other like minded pros so I could get the movement going throughout the country. I found others who loved the the idea. One was even in Canada so our cause became an “international” one.
We made educational material and we spoke publicly but the movement eventually fizzled out.
I never expected us to grow into a ginormous movement or anything but we did good work. That’s the power of finding and being around like minded people.
Gary Bencivenga is one of the greatest copywriters like…ever. He had what he called The Credo Technique. Gary said if you stand for something you’ll never stand alone.
This sets you apart in a very overcrowded, monkey-see monkey-do, marketplace. It also brings about a level of influence you can’t get any other way.
Perry Marshall talks about two types of influence.
Level 1 Influence makes you rich.
Level 2 Influence does that AND changes the world.
“Influence is when you are not the one talking and yet your words fill the room; when you are absent and yet your presence is felt everywhere”.
– TemitOpe Ibrahim
Standing for something is the surest way to attract and bond with your kindred spirits. They will become your most loyal comrades and your best clients and friends.
Or you can “Tom Brady” it and try to not hurt feelings and be everything to everybody.
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