How the Power of Association Will Support Your Dream


Will Newman

Welcome to our final look into what I’ve been calling the “Power of Association.” (If you missed this week’s previous articles, just go here.)

I personally harnessed this power by joining people with community service goals similar to mine … my local Rotary club. The relationships and support I got there gave me the courage to broaden my community outreach. I now sit on the recreation and school boards. And most recently, I’ve joined the planning commission.

Because of the type of solitude-loving person I am, I know I wouldn’t have done it without Rotary.

Yes, I’ve learned, become inspired, and opened my life because of Rotary.

But that’s not entirely true. I didn’t change simply by joining the club. Something deeper affected me and helped me grow and realize my dreams.

A snowy walk and a new brother-in-law . . .

In November 1999, my Rotary club asked me to represent us at a community fundraiser for the town disaster relief fund. It’d been snowing and since the venue was only about a mile north of my house, I opted to walk.

On the way home, I started feeling punk. My back ached and the 800-Foot Bridge seemed a mile long. During the night, the pressure in my back increased. I was sure I had pleurisy. The next morning, Linda drove me to the hospital.

The verdict from the doctor: “You’ve had a heart attack.”

Fifty miles south and twenty-four hours later, I was lying in the cardiac care unit recovering from a bypass. My sister and her husband came to visit for a few minutes. Maggie was cheerful and supportive; Ray, nervous and completely uncomfortable.

I appreciated them being there, but …

About a half hour later, the nurse asked if I was feeling strong enough for a visit by my brother-in-law. I couldn’t imagine why Ray had returned as uncomfortable as he’d been. But I agreed.

A moment later, in walked Bob, a member of my Rotary club.

“They only let relatives in,” he explained, “so I told them I’m your brother-in-law.” From that point on, whenever I introduce Bob to prospective members, I tell them he’s my brother-in-law. And explain why.

I put on the best face possible during recovery, but I felt pretty low. Linda did her best to help buoy my spirits. But Bob’s support – and the support of all the rest of my Rotary gang – did more to keep me going forward than they’ll ever know.

And not only in my life, but in my career as well … because right then, I didn’t want to do much of anything … including write.

And this is the big takeaway from this week’s articles. The true Power of Association – the power you get from connecting with people with similar goals and dreams – comes from the support they give you. And that you give them.

In my last article, I challenged you to look at your life. Is the Power of Association helping you reach your dream of living the writer’s life? If not, you’d be amazed at how that power enlightens, teaches, inspires, and supports you in your quest.

I’d love to hear from you about how the Power of Association has helped you realize your dream. Comment below and tell us about it.

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Published: March 25, 2016

6 Responses to “How the Power of Association Will Support Your Dream”

  1. This particular article really hits home with me. As a member of a very large organization (32,000+volunteers)I can definitely to the "power of association." Our organization has 108 committees - I serve on one... and we are most definitely family. In fact, the entire organization is one HUGE family. We all are in it "for the kids." We give Scholarships to youth to the tune of $25MM/yr. Yes, that's $25 MILLION per year to the youth of Texas.

    skwriterMarch 25, 2016 at 2:08 pm

  2. the power of association is really helpful to my when I read it ,talking about will newman is a kind of generous person if not due to his kindness he will not see people to come and visit in the clinic in this way the power of association really give my sprite how to coup with one and another ,in this case of joshua boswell who is going to lunch my writer career by travelling and lunch my copywrite career in a day I will be very happy if I can even meet him one on one physically I will be very happy thanks yours successful up coming to be perfect as a copywrite anuoluwapo ahmed

    Guest (anuoluwapo ahmed )March 26, 2016 at 7:59 am

  3. Hi! I looked in to the writers life due to an illness,as l have cope and I am on oxygen 24/7. It's hard to get out much when your on the end of a lease so to speak. Because the medical association doesn't have a cure, l have been busy looking.lam still looking but feel I may have found some thing. I feel confident that this product will help a great deal.So my association with my illness brought me to something I thin I can do. The writers life.

    Guest (Cindy gunnarson)March 27, 2016 at 1:49 pm

  4. When I decided at 54 to return to college. It was due to life changes that catapulted me from my solitude into society once again. This change has made so many differences in my life I cannot put them all here. I understand loving solitude. I have to snatch mines back every now and then so I can focus,however being around so many scholars and people that are doing life, instead of watching it pass by has changed my focus, my goals,and my circle of "friends". All praise for social inclusion.

    EnglishMaj-101March 27, 2016 at 11:45 pm

  5. When my husband and I retired to a coastal Carolina community, I joined a local Arts Council that was newly forming. The resulting relationships of that association have enriched my life. While working hard and long together, sharing common goals, managing obstacles, succeeding and failing TOGETHER, we created deep friendships. Finding that we could count on each other sparked meaningful personal bonds. When my husband of 50 years died 2 years ago, those close friends became my salvation.

    marion1962April 2, 2016 at 11:59 am


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