the catalyst tribe…

Have you ever felt like you were called to do something bigger? As you can tell from my posts in the past, you may notice that I’m all about empowering people to create lives that matter – not only for themselves, but for others as well.

It’s been a compelling purpose for a few years now, but because of the coronavirus, I know that more needs to be done.  As many young people contemplate their next steps, such as whether to go to college or not, they need help determining the answers to “what now?” and “what’s next?”  In fact, with more than 33 million people filing for unemployment, even more people need to think about these two questions.

This morning, I was inspired by an article by Laurence McCahill of The Happy Startup School, titled “50 tips from the master to help you build your tribe and grow your impact.”  The article was inspired by one of my favorite reads, “Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us” by Seth Godin.  In fact, his book inspired me to create my own tribe, The Life Design Catalyst Facilitators (also known as Life Design Catalyst Coaches and Purpose and Vision Navigators). If you want an interesting read, check out the article here:

My favorite 10 tips are #3, #10, #14, #17, #22, #27, #29, #30, #38, and #41.  Read the article to know the tips.

Why am I sharing this with you?  Because it’s time…it’s time for me to be the leader that I am called to be.  There’s a quote from the book that, for some reason, resonated with me this morning when I read it – at about 4:00am this morning.  Here’s the quote by Seth Godin:

  • “The secret of leadership is simple. Do what you believe in. Paint a picture of the future. Go there. Others will follow.”

Today, more than ever, people want help navigating their present and defining their future.  A few posting back, I shared my thoughts on redefining academic advising and coaching; since then, I’ve written a paper expanding my thoughts as well as a call to action in order to get through these trying times.  What students don’t need as much is help with their registration, semester schedule and degree planning; what they need right now is a plan that outlines who they are and how to make the most of their lives – now and in the future.  They want help answering the questions, “what now?” and “what’s next?”  And The Catalyst Tribe have the tools to help everyone, young and old, to create life plans to not only answer those questions, but to thrive in a world with a future that completely unknown.  Want to know more of my thoughts?  Check out the paper here:

Please share your thoughts and/or comments by replying to this post or sending me an email at whjohnso@uncg.edu or thedreamdean1@gmail.com.  As you read this post – and hopefully read the article and the paper, think about your “what now?” and “what’s next?” – and if it fits, join me on this magical journey to change lives!

More coming soon, my friends.

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