‘Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.’ Alexander the Great
What is a supportive network? It is a group of people who support you in your work on a particular legacy project. Some of these may even stay at your side all the way as you work on different projects towards your legacy goal.
It is essential that you choose carefully which people you include in your supportive network. Loneliness is often an unfortunate side-effects of working on a legacy project, especially after the end of the legacy project honeymoon. But just because you’re lonely does not mean you should adopt anyone who crosses your path into your supportive network, so you are no longer alone. It is better to keep working on your project while sticking out the loneliness, until the right people show up who will take some of the burden unto their shoulders.
There have been projects that can operate on a minimal supportive network. Writers and generally those who create something from scratch can survive with nobody else working on their legacy project, so the only people in their supportive network are friends and family who can provide some emotional support.
There are other types of legacy projects, however, that require a cast of thousands, or at least look as if they do. If you are setting up one such project and haven’t found the ‘right’ people yet, do as much as you can on your own, and keep interviewing or meeting potential candidates for your supportive network. When the right people turn up, you’ll know it, and your project will thrive as a result of their input.
The time is now.
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