A club is where people have meetings about when to have the next meeting. But you cant join the next meeting unless you know the secret handshake.
A cohort is like a club, only better.
A cohort is where people support people who want to support people. It’s more productive and less exclusive than a club. And there’s no secret handshake.
Because there’s no secrets here. All the tricks and tools, they’re all on the table. We’re figuring this out as we go. And wherever it is we go, we’d love to have you come with us.
It doesn’t matter how big a cohort gets, either. In-groups and cliques form because people prefer to be around specific people. But in a cohort, cliques form because certain projects and ideas resonate with specific people. There’s always going to be a sense of connection, no matter how big the cohort.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve had the privilege to be a part of Writers Bloc.
It’s a cohort of 21st century writers supporting writers. But it’s more than just about writing. It’s about showing up. Writing is just what we do to practice the art of showing up. We do it when it’s hard, when we don’t want to, when the conditions aren’t perfect, when we feel like we’re not good enough yet.
The art of showing up is about acceptance. Accepting that it’s going to be hard. Accepting that there’s going to be a lot of days when you’d rather take the day off. And most important, accepting the fact that conditions are never going to be perfect.
The most important lesson I’ve learned from Writer’s Bloc is that you’re only as good as you are today. You can’t be as good as you were yesterday because yesterday is over. And how good you’re going to be tomorrow depends on what you do today.
Whatever it is you do, find the others that want to see you do it. There’s no better way to be held accountable.