Announcing Superhuman Meetups! (Change Where You Are, Not Who You Are)

Good leaders are like good farmers.

A good farmer doesn’t make plants grow. He plants them in an environment where they can grow themselves.

For the farmer — and the leader — it’s about climate control. In certain climates, certain ideas flourish. Certain skills are cultivated. Certain plants grow.

For leaders, it’s about creating an environment where the mission can grow, where each team member can blossom, where the right skills are cultivated, and where each person can become a leader in their own right.

That’s exactly the type of environment I’d like to create for our small community.

Here’s how it’s going to happen…

Change Where You Are, Not Who You Are

Redesigning the environment is easier than redesigning how people interpret their environment. Both can lead to behavior change.
—BJ Fogg, Stanford University professor

A farmer can plant the same seed in the desert or in fertile soil. In one place, it withers. In the other, it flourishes.

It’s easy to think that if you’re not getting the results you want in your health, your work, and your life, then the problem must be you. We tell ourselves things like, “I need to get motivated” or “If only I had more willpower” or “I wish I had better genes.”

But when the farmer looks at a plant that is struggling in the desert, he doesn’t ask it to become a different type of plant. He simply plants it in a better climate.

It’s the same way with you and me. In the wrong environment, it will always be a struggle to change and grow to our full potential. Our capability is stuck inside of us, held down by the environment and world around us.

In other words, you don’t need to change who you are, just where you are. Imagine if — instead of being in a place where your potential was trapped inside of you — you were in an environment where the best of you could naturally come out. What if you planted yourself in a climate that made change easier and allowed you to grow naturally? What if you were surrounded by people who refused to let you fail?

This is exactly what I want to do for our community with a series of events that we’re calling “Superhuman Meetups.”

Announcing Live Superhuman Meetups

In a few months, our community will host the first series of Superhuman Meetups around the world. These casual gatherings will be in–person events where you can connect with people in your city who also care about living a healthy life, losing weight, becoming a better athlete (and all of the other things our community talks about).

Additionally, there will be a clear focus on how to put ideas into action. Like many of the posts that you read here, we’ll talk about forming better habits and using the science of behavior change to make it easier for you to actually stick to your goals.

Best of all, these meetups will be totally free. It’s something that I want to coordinate because I think it’s the right thing to do, not because it can make money.

To the best of my knowledge, nothing like this exists right now. So, we’re going to create it.

Even though this is the first official announcement about this, we have already had members of our community express interest in hosting meetups in 8 cities across 3 continents…

  • San Francisco, CA
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Ann Arbor, MI
  • Westchester, NY
  • Virginia Beach, VA
  • Brisbane, Australia
  • Hamburg, Germany

…and that’s just the beginning. You can add your city to that list right now.

Today, I want to put together a full list of people who want to make this happen. If you’re interested in helping me coordinate a meetup in your area, then click here to contact me. Just send me a message saying where you are from and telling me that you want to help get a Superhuman Meetup going in that area.

Don’t worry if you’ve never done something like this before. First, we’re still in the planning stages, so telling me that you’re interested doesn’t mean you’re committing to anything in particular. And secondly, we’ll be working together and if you decide that you would like to help coordinate the meetup in your city then I’ll be supplying you with a complete guide — The Superhuman Meetup Field Kit — which is filled with everything you could ever need for hosting and coordinating a meetup in your area.

My hope is that these meetups can become part of the climate that allows you to grow to your full potential and makes positive changes easier. I don’t have any experience hosting things like this, so we’ll all be learning together, but I can tell you this: it’s going to happen and it’s going to be awesome.

In the right climate, any plant can flourish, blossom, and maximize its potential. You and I are the same way. It’s time we build a superhuman climate.

Again, if you are interested in getting this going in your city, then click here to send me a message.

Shoutout:
I’m not smart enough to think of that farmer/leader analogy on my own. Hat tip to Sir Ken Robinson and Michael Hyatt for originally sharing the idea.

10 Comments

  1. Yeah baby!! I can’t wait to learn side by side with you on this. Your timing is perfect too. Keep an eye out on Live Your Legend next week for some big meetup news. So fun to see you making this happen. Can’t wait for Superhuman SF!

    • Sweet! James you have been watching some serious TED talks, huh? So good.

      Scott I am excited to see you on this – I’m on your blog too and am in the process of moving to SF.

      Community is everything, just like Scott highlights in his TED talk. I can’t wait to get the ideas flowing back and forth and allow the whole community to become superhuman / find their passions / become their highest selves.

      Until we meet up, be well everyone, have happy adventures, and keep being awesome.

  2. Hey James,

    I’m going to be in Orleans, Ontario. Do you need a linkup in Canada? I’d like to head that up if you’re interested. Let me know the details. I’m actually working on our combined blog post right now.

    Sorry, it’s taken me so long. Too much stuff going on with my move at the moment, but only three days left until I make the switch from US to Canada.

    v/r

    Jess M. Howland

  3. Wonderful news! I’ll be sure to get in touch when I have a better sense of schedule – we are in the middle of a move as it is. Excellent point about needing a community to thrive.

    • Awesome! I’d love to have you be part of this, Mike.

      Thanks for being such an awesome member of our little community!

  4. This is awesome James. Great explanation of the importance of where you are

    A great quote I once heard from Tim Ferriss quoting someone else was “you are the average of the 5 people you’re around the most”

    Which I’ve found to be quite true, in my experience and observing others

    Might as well use it to our advantage as opposed to our disadvantage right?

    • Totally agree. I’d love to have you be part of this, Andrew!

      p.s. Here’s the original quote…

      “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” –Jim Rohn

  5. Hello!

    I know you wrote this article awhile back but I live in Singapore and would love to hold a meetup! I just recently discovered your blog and I love it.

    Best,
    Winnie Young

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