Had it not been for Eusebi Güell, famed architect Antoni Gaudi’s genius may have never been recognized. Gaudi’s philosophy of merging design and nature may have never made it from sketch to structure. If Gaudi had run around trying to build a tribe of followers he may have stopped designing. Instead he found a funders who was intrigued with his initial work (a lamp post). Guell was a true patron who sponsored many of Gaudi’s most daring projects. He was willing and capable of providing Gaudi with the resources he needed to bring his vision to a reality. It is a reminder that one key individual can do more for your journey than an entire crowd. Followers are powerful but patrons are willing to take action and invest because they share your purpose.
Are you seeking followers or patrons? It is important to understand the difference.