Building trusted networks

September 14, 2010
Dallas, Texas, USA

It’s true that no one is an island. The concept of a community is one of the basic building blocks of the human experience, and we have been building communities since we first walked the earth.

Traditionally, human beings formed families, and families became tribes. These were large collectives based on common factors like geography, DNA, and eventually languages and core values.

Over time, tribes grew into kingdoms and empires, and the common factors which tied people together became increasingly blurred. Today, kingdoms and empires have become nation-states… and the common factors which bind us together are rather limited.

Sure, we might look alike, talk alike, dress alike, and hail from the same postal code or some other invisible lines on a map, but shared core values are a thing of the past.

In my own experience, I’ve found that I have very little in common with the people who share the color of my passport, and that I have much more in common with those I’ve met around the world who share my outlook and philosophy.

Moreover, this trusted network of individuals around the world, wherever they happen to be based, has often made the difference between success and failure in my life.

As we go through the Age of Turmoil and experiences rapid change and fluctuating crises, I think that having a trusted network will become even more important. The cliche ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know,’ is absolutely true… perhaps more so in difficult times.

Lately, I’ve written extensively about why becoming self-reliant is ultimately the way to survive and thrive in the Age of Turmoil… and this is absolutely true. But as ironic as it may sound, I think that building a trusted network is one of the key pillars to achieving self-reliance.

Let me begin by saying that there is a critical difference between building a trusted network, and expecting others to take care of you. The former is a position of strength, the latter is a position of weakness. If you build a network where you are a valued member of the team, you are an asset, not a liability.

Developing valuable relationships with like-minded people is immensely rewarding, both personally and professionally. Human beings are naturally social creatures, and like it or not, we are all going to need help someday. Likewise, other people are going to need ours.

It’s much easier to face the world, particularly in the Age of Turmoil, knowing that the people on your team are a carefully selected group of dependable men and women who share your core values and have important skills.

Technology has made it possible for us to reject the old system of identifying through DNA and geography; we can now congregate digitally in online communities, or in person at various expat havens or resilient communities, based on complementary skills, philosophy, and core values.

One of my primary goals is to facilitate people making connections based on shared values; I plan on making this a major priority for our upcoming premium service, which we’re calling Sovereign Man: Confidential.

We’ve settled on the retail price of $395, but initially, we’re going to make it available to charter members for just $277/year. The reason we’re discounting it so much is two-fold:

1. One of the many features of Sovereign Man: Confidential is its membership community. Over time, this community will become incredibly valuable as it gives each of us the opportunity to meet, build relationships, collaborate on projects, and share experiences.

Immediately after the launch, though, the community will be brand new, and I’m going to count on charter members to help maximize the potential of this community. In my mind, that’s worth a hefty discount.

2. I want to make sure that current subscribers to this daily e-letter have the opportunity to get a better deal than everyone else. We’ve been having these conversations for over a year, and I know that you understand how important these topics are.

Soon after launch, we’ll open the doors to the general public, but they won’t get the same deal that you will… not by a long shot.

As part of going “all-in” with this publication, we’re going to invest a lot of money into growing the community and spreading the message. With some hard work and a bit of luck, we’ll end up building a very large, valuable, vibrant community.

As an added bonus, I’ve just confirmed that we’re going to be able to give away 100 copies of Terry Coxon’s very popular eBook ‘Unleash Your IRA’ along with the companion report ‘Roth Conversion Strategies that Can Save 30% in Taxes’ to the first 100 charter subscribers to Sovereign Man: Confidential.

Unleash Your IRA sells for $97 and the Roth Conversion report sells for $85. If you’re one of the first 100 to join Sovereign Man: Confidential, you’ll get these free.

We plan to open the doors to Sovereign Man: Confidential within the next ten days. If you want special notification of when we launch to make sure you have the opportunity to be among the first 100 and take advantage of Charter Member pricing, you can sign up for early notification here.

About the Author

Simon Black is an international investor, entrepreneur, and founder of Sovereign Man. His free daily e-letter Notes from the Field is about using the experiences from his life and travels to help you achieve more freedom, make more money, keep more of it, and protect it all from bankrupt governments.