Find Your Tribe
Being an entrepreneur can be a lonely life.
It’s filled with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.
Most of your friends and family don’t understand the stress, responsibility, risks, and pain behind creating a thriving business.
Your business is based on you- it’s all riding on your shoulders. No pressure. Although a source of innovation, passion, and drive, our minds can also be fraught with landmines. Negative thoughts, inner demons, fear, self-sabotage, urges to numb and avoid, anger, fear, burnout, loneliness. The mental game can be a BATTLE.
Add to that the pressure to keep up with personal relationships, raising kids, health concerns, aging parents and a host of other things in life. The smartest and most competent founders among us can struggle in the face of such demands.
Too often founders bottle all this up. We put on masks. We put on a smile, despite the adversity we deal with. We suffer in secret while maintaining a facade of success.
But what if you could talk about your highs and lows with other people who get it?
What if you could share openly and honestly?
What if you had help to work out the snags in your mindset? An expert to help optimize your mental game?
What if you had practical tools to deal with anxiety, sleeplessness, and anger?
What if you knew the early warning signs of burnout and could recharge yourself before it's too late?
What would it feel like to stop teetering precariously between work and personal life and instead experience a sense of balance and integration?
What if you had a small group of trusted and like-minded peers who could encourage and build you up every week?
We’ve created something JUST for you called ZenTribes.
What is ZenTribes?
ZenTribes are groups of 6-8 entrepreneurs who commit to meet weekly for an 8-week mindset immersion.
More than a peer support group or business mastermind, a ZenTribe group is facilitated by psychologist, Dr. Sherry Walling (ZenFounder.com), often in partnership with an experienced founder.
- Offer the time and place to tackle the unique mindset challenges that you experience as an entrepreneur.
- Build and deepen your friendships with other entrepreneurs.
- Equip you for ongoing self-reflection and self-care practices.
- Help you spot burnout and similar problems in yourself and your team members.
- Give you scientifically-sound strategies to rest and reset.
- Give you scientifically-sound strategies to work with greater focus and attention.
- Help you optimize your brain power and creativity.
- Problem solve tricky interpersonal interactions with team-members, customers, and personal relationships.
Tribes are forming now!
ZenTribe is an 8-week bootcamp for your mental game. We meet for 1 hour and 45 minutes via Zoom. This is a great starting point to improve your mental game and optimize your the sustainability of your business. Each group is limited to 8 participants, and we only do three or four groups a year. Interested in participating in the next ZenTribe? Apply and reserve your spot here.
The Meeting Format
We begin with a round of check-ins, during which each participant shares a brief reflection or their experience with the homework from the previous week. The heart of the content is a 45-minute guided discussion focused on the central topic for that week. Each meeting concludes with practical application or ‘homework’ you can practice during the following week. Of course, there is flexibility and ample time to discuss specific concerns.
What Topics Will Be Discussed?
We balance pre-planning topics that are essential to healthy mindset and tailoring the exact content of each group to the specific needs of the participants. Here are many of the Tribes's common conversation topics:
- Fear and worry
- Self-reflection and self-assessment
- Loneliness and friendship
- Nutrition and exercise to optimize focus
- Play, hobbies, fun
- Relationships — marriage, parenting, friendships
- Handling Criticism
- Meaningful work
- Deep work
- Failure & Loss
Who Should Join?
Whether you run an online ecommerce store, software business, a law firm, or retail store... we want to build a community of people who are writing their own script and going for it.
The only qualification is that you are an entrepreneur who is willing to share openly, listen respectfully, and learn collaboratively. We are inviting you into a confidential, growth-inspiring community. We welcome your successes and your struggles.
Why Should You Join
- You want to invest in yourself (and therefore your business)
- You want to build meaningful relationships with other entrepreneurs; to share life -- the highs and lows -- together
- You want support, encouragement and expertise to help you face the heartburn and headaches below the surface
What others are saying about ZenTribes...
“ZenTribe is a different kind of mastermind group. It fills the gap between running a business and running a healthy lifestyle and family. The ZenTribe sessions provide a much-needed break to step back, think about what truly matters and give and get support with folks who know where you're coming from.”
Founder of Audience Ops
"I have such respect for Sherry and the others running ZenTribes that I jumped at the opportunity to join a group. Each week was a curated conversation around a topic that always seemed tailored just for me. Turns out my struggles are not uncommon amount entrepreneurs and it was encouraging and cathartic to share with others in the group. Thank you, Sherry and team, for facilitating a safe environment to connect with other entrepreneurs in a meaningful way."
Sherry created an atmosphere where even the shyest individuals opened up about real problems. The environment of the group was one of support and understanding. We covered useful topics, rotating weekly to keep it interesting. Empathy was the protocol, unless direct feedback was requested (no one acted like they can solve all your problems). Everyone had the best intentions for everyone else.
ZenTribe Boot Camp
Jump in with a small group of 6-8 entrepreneurs committed to a healthy mindset, business growth, and supportive friendships.
Protect your business by protecting your most valuable asset: you.
It's an antidote to the stress and isolation of entrepreneurship.
ZenTribes are like a boot camp for the mental side of being an entrepreneur.
Meet weekly for four weeks, take a week off, meet weekly for another four weeks. We'll schedule a 6-month check-in at the conclusion of the group.
- Tribe Boot Camp
- 3 individual sessions with Dr. Sherry
Here's your chance to level-up your mental game.
Sherry will help you customize your ZenTribe experience by helping you apply what you're learning to your day-to-day life. She'll meet with you before Tribe to clarify your unique goals and work with you to assess progress midway through.
As you work to implement changes in your life and business, she'll follow-up for a check-in session to make sure you're on track.
Tribe + Mindset Overhaul
- Tribe Boot Camp
- 8 individual sessions with Dr. Sherry
One-on-one focus on a mental health strategy that’s individualized for you.
During ZenTribe Boot Camp you’ll learn how to change your mindset. One-on-one sessions provide you with pre-Tribe goal setting, a mid-Tribe check-in and 6 months of 1:1 accountability and support.
Personalized, confidential conversations help you identify potential problems or solve problems that are flaring up. This is a great way to make permanent the changes that you've made during ZenTribes.
Learn More About ZenTribes' Hosts
Dr. Sherry Walling is a licensed psychologist and the co-host of the ZenFounder podcast. Her life’s work is to help entrepreneurs and founders maximize their vocational potential while also maintaining sanity, life satisfaction, and a sense of personal fulfillment. Married to a serial tech entrepreneur, Sherry has a unique combination of psychological expertise and 17 years of experience in the trenches of the start-up world. She loves bringing these two worlds together on the podcast, in her consulting work, and as a conference speaker.
Cory Miller is the founder of iThemes, which builds web design software and offers cutting-edge web design training for customers around the globe. He is also the cofounder of The Div, a nonprofit tech foundation. Cory is also the co-author of WordPress All-in-One for Dummies and he blogs regularly about entrepreneurship at CoryMiller.com. Cory is half of the force behind ZenTribes and has been a longtime advocate for the importance of entrepreneur groups.
Shawn Hesketh spent 26 years as a freelance designer. In 2008, he created WordPress 101, which has become one of the most popular WordPress tutorial sites in the world, and has helped more than 1.5 million beginners learn to build their own website or blog. Today, Shawn spends his time helping freelancers and business owners increase their impact and do meaningful work. Shawn is a ZenTribes facilitator and an integral part of the consulting team.
Karim Marucchi is the CEO of Crowd Favorite and Chairman of The VeloMedia Group. His career has included founding startups, working for large web agencies, and taking companies public. Karim has significant experience with mergers and acquisitions. He loves figuring out how to make diverse teams work as a cohesive unit. Karim is a key source of support for entrepreneurs in the midst of hyper-growth or leaders in the midst of significant business transitions.