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Great post! "Give first" is the best motto to live by. If you think longer term in your relationship with your community, then you will have plenty of time to make money later. And if you keep giving to them everything else will fall in place.
Also if you want to become an influencer always ask for feedback and take the temperature of your community as much as you can. People love when you integrate their feedback into your ideas.
Thank you @rjwill for adding to these thoughts! Your input is appreciated, especially after all the research you've done for your book.