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Tribing – Did The Miracle Begin on 34th Street?

This post was most recently updated on February 22nd, 2014

I was thinking of an old school classic movie “Miracle on 34th Street.” When Santa started referring people with honesty and integrity to Gimbels to get certain toys, people were shocked. How can Macy’s make any money when Santa is sending them elsewhere? Easy, people are grateful when you supply a service. Isn’t that what we do in our Tribe?


Certainly. If someone comes to me with a tech question I cannot provide, I’ll send them over to Kim. If someone asks a question I can’t answer, I’ll find out from my tribe members and get back to him/her right away and send them to my buddy’s blog. It’s a win win situation.


 Back in the stone age when I was selling metaphysical stuff in my shop… where I also did psychic readings…  people might come by for a session when I was swamped.  I would refer them to an associate if it were a pressing issue.


They’d look at me like a deer in the headlights. They always came back, though, because I wasn’t money hungry.  I just wanted to provide the best service I could. When someone came in looking for a book I didn’t have on the shelf, I would send them to another store that carried it.


This built up a strong business because whatever I couldn’t provide, I would network to other people. When I took in a partner because of the overflow, people thought I was nuts. Why would I do such a thing? No one seemed to understand that we were not in competition, we were just building a bigger business.



Doesn’t that sound familiar to Tribing? I get the same feeling and am so blessed to have crossed this path of giving people. We are all on the same page of giving… which is the seed of receiving.

Donna Merrill
Donna is a well known blogger and creator of "Blogging Magic" - an intensive guide to blogging. "Blogging Magic" is for beginners who are trying to figure out how to bring their blogs to life with tons of visits, comments and social media interaction. It's even for advanced bloggers looking to reach new levels of authority and engagement with their audience.

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5 Responses to Tribing – Did The Miracle Begin on 34th Street?

  1. Mika Castro July 5, 2012 at 7:29 am #

    Tribing. Well, for me i take this as a real miracle thing on 34th street. I also wanted to have my own tribe too but i don’t know how.
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  2. Beth Allen February 20, 2010 at 4:47 pm #

    You are right on with this post. Great connection of the Miracle 34th St. to Tribin’!

    Welcome to the tribe, Donna!
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  3. Nick Logan February 11, 2010 at 2:46 am #

    So true. You just summarized an entire chapter from Seth Godin “Tribes”
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  4. Julia
    February 10, 2010 at 3:29 am #

    Very cool idea indeed! I think it’s time for me to get a “tribe”

  5. jean February 9, 2010 at 11:59 pm #

    this is so true,its sounds so much like Tribing,
    I feel the same to have found this group has been fantastic.with all these great people all givers all joining together. to make a difference.
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