Seth has done 2 big things for me. The first is to start Triiibes, giving like-minded people a forum to connect . Second, he inspires us with stories and by giving us a shared language to talk about what is happening in the world. We can talk about leading a tribe, fighting the resistance, beating the lizard brain, doing art and others join the discussion with stories and suggestions of their own because we already know what we are saying.

Almost 2 years ago, I got the email from Seth inviting us to preorder the book Tribes and get the chance to join the online community, Triiibes. I had a new credit card so I did it.

I had no way of knowing how many ways that little transaction would pay me back over time. Like many monumental changes, it started slowly. I started by mostly lurking, I mean observing, the Triiibes discussions. I felt they weren't for me to add to, I didn't have anything to say. There are much wittier and more informed people than me posting.

Drip by drip with small posts and comments, I gained confidence so that six months later when I got an email announcing TEDGlobal would take place in Oxford England, I knew I had to go.

Becky Blanton and many others on Triiibes talked about going. I didn't post my intention of going, but I sure felt it. I felt I could belong in a place like TED because of Triiibes and because I believed what Seth says in his books. Any one can do what needs to be done, they just have to actually get off their duff and do it!

So I did it. I went to TEDGlobal 2009 and I met up with Becky. That was the first time I met someone in real life that I had met on the internet first. Guess what? People on the internet are real people.

TEDGlobal 2009 was life changing, and mind blowing for me. I still break into a grin every time I think about it. I wouldn't have taken the steps to make that trip happen without Seth.

So when the triiibe began talking about a NY meetup AND a chance to meet Seth this January, I knew I had to go. Meeting Seth and other Triiibesters was the best way to start this year.

I was a happy, successful small business person living in my little part of the world until Seth reached out and challenged me to participate. Now I regularly converse with people all over the world through Triiibes. Seth, Triiibes and TEDGlobal have changed the world for me. I see that this world and this time is an exciting place to be full of amazing people and interesting opportunities.

I see that because of Seth.
Thank you and Happy Birthday.


All our successes are the same. All our failures, too. We succeed when we do something remarkable. We fail when we give up too soon. We succeed when we are the best in the world at what we do. We fail when we get distracted by task we don't have the guts to quit.