A Week at the Guild
It's Thursday night. Discord beeps at you: this week's Guild content was posted. You've had a long day and real life needs you, so it isn't until Friday night that you click the link. It takes you to a workshop page.
After reading the assignment, you check out the article and watch the lectures. Too late in the day to do the compliment three strangers daily task. You think about what qualities you like in a friend group, note down a few ideas, and call it a night.
You talk with your cohort about the value of intuition on Saturday. The next day, one of them asks for advice. You tell him to go for an IT certification instead of a code bootcamp. He hates software and he'd burn out if he forced himself.
Monday arrives, and it's time for your cohort meeting. The webcams make a nice square grid on your monitor as you sip your drink. You discuss the week's class content and someone sheepishly admits that they forgot to compliment three strangers. The rest of the hangout turns into a discussion on giving and receiving compliments.
Wednesday night rolls around. Class time. The instructor grills people on what they think about the lesson. "Seemed fine." "I liked it." "What about... " He leaves you till last and you manage to say something reasonably eloquent. Then it's time for breakout rooms. It's just you and your cohort again. The conversation drifts, and you end up talking about accountability structures. Two of your cohort-mates agree to bug you about exercising more.
Thursday morning. A strident alarm jolts you awake and you crawl out of bed at the crack of dawn, cursing last night's over-promising self. An hour later, you log on to the cohort chat: "went for a run. thanks :)" You attach a picture of the sunrise and get three thumbs-up reactions.
Who would benefit from the Guild?
You don't have to already be an impressive person with an aura of awesome — that's what we're here for. The Guild of the ROSE is aimed at anyone who is:
- Interested in self-improvement
- Able to take (constructive) criticism and learn from others
- Willing and able to commit approximately three hours a week to attending Guild lessons, completing Guild assignments, and hanging out with a cohort
If this sounds like you, then start your journey with a risk-free 30-day free trial.
In addition to helping me make a lot of new friends and networking opportunities, the Guild also played a large role in teaching me to understand my values and motivations and develop clear goals for the future. The friendly and supportive environment has given me the encouragement to try things and grow as an individual, while being a safe place to explore and come to that sense of better understanding.
Guild members helped me edit my resume, beta read my stories and art, and find a psychiatrist so I could finally treat my ADHD.
- The Character Sheet workshop helped me plan for a future I actually wanted to live in while giving me new insights into how I spend energy and what would be valuable to spend energy on.
- The Metalearning workshop helped me me understand skill building at a deeper level and helped me tackle a number of skills I had previously bounced off or found extremely challenging to develop.
- The Social Networking workshop helped me kickstart my Twitter career.
Through all of this, I've gradually become more able to tackle fun and interesting projects and exert agency on the world, and I've pretty much completely solved my executive functioning issues. I'm really happy with all the friends I've made through the Guild and I hope to keep building cool connections and seeing where this all goes.
Cohort Study Groups
Did it work, the last time you tried to improve yourself? Perhaps at first, but your efforts probably failed before long — because you did it alone. Personal growth rarely happens in isolation. You can achieve more with a reliable community that helps you stick to your goals and become your superhuman self.
When you join the Guild, you'll be assigned a cohort, or a permanent study group of four to eight people. Cohorts take online workshops together, hang out on a weekly basis, and form the backbone of your time spent with the Guild. Need help with a life crisis? Confused about workshop material? Or perhaps you simply want reliable accountability partners — whatever the issue, your cohort is there to ensure you succeed.
Weekly Online Workshops
Community alone isn't enough to spark personal growth. To that end, the Guild also offers weekly online workshops centered around unusual self-improvement topics such as:
- Practical Social Networking: Master the art of making friends while remaining genuine to your true self
- Creating an Exobrain: Get ahead of the game with the effective use of digital productivity systems
- Street Epistemology: Have successful conversations about even the most controversial topics
We release a new online workshop every week — when you're a Guild member, personal growth happens on a dependable schedule.
Interested? Check out our workshops.