Its always better to be the leader.
If you want to have the most intesting people in Sydney turn up in your lounge room, today is your lucky day: the Tim Ferriss Creative Life Design Meetup is yours for the taking. I'm retiring. When I arrived in Sydney in 2011, I had no friends, no home, and was making a life from scratch, as I sometimes like to do. Whats the best way to make high-quality friends? I asked myself, and remembered what Seth Godin says 'Its always better to be the leader'.
So I started a Meetup group. You can too, you know, an probably should. To get pro-active, resourceful people, I named it after Tim Ferriss, author of the '4 Hour Work Week'. I listed all the quirky, self-inspiring things I wanted to happen in my time in Sydney. You can see them here. Without being fodder for other people's events, I just thought up nice things to do. The plaform did the hard work, and soon I had the coolest, loveliest poeple in Sydney home-delivered. A Dojo owner, an organic co-op initiator, and a tango teacher, people with lovely dreams. There they were, cooking dinner with me, creating each others lives.
Its now 8 years later. To my amazement, most of the things I listed actually happened, naturally and without force.
I've only got one day to choose someone 'suitable'. After that, whoever wants it, gets it, and I get to see evolve into something unprecedented. Maybe, though, it will just fade away, a lovely dream. A microcosm of how all our lives go, in Meetup form.