While you may be hearing more and more about people getting involved with Mastermind groups, the concept itself has been around since the early 1900′s. It all started with Napoleon Hill and his classic book, Think and Grow Rich.
In this well known book, he wrote about the Mastermind principle as two or more people working together toward a specific, definite purpose in the “spirit of harmony.” Accordingly he continues that, “No two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind.”
I’ve been involved on and off in Mastermind groups since late 2008. They come in all sorts of variations: live and in person; virtual (usually over the phone, sometimes via the internet); small private groups; larger groups with an open door policy that are always open to new members and much more.
Basically, if you can find a group of like-minded people that are willing to support you and your business through your challenges and your successes while you offer up the same support, then you can create a Mastermind group. In fact, in many ways, my Masterminding experience has brought me to my current day love of accountability groups.
Many people might think that there’s no real reason to join a “group” but they don’t understand that the group is what makes the Mastermind process what it is. Or as Hill puts it…”no two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third.” And that’s the energy that you want…that third “mind” so to speak. Let’s face it, you haven’t had a good brainstorming session if you haven’t brainstormed with others – the give and take, the back and forth, that’s what you’re looking for.
In fact, when you’re part of a group, you realize that you’re not as alone as you thought (I know, I know, bear with me here). When you’re isolated and have little interactions with others – as solopreneurs and freelances are often wont to do – you don’t realize that something that you might be having challenges with is, in fact, something that others have experienced and come through or might currently be experiencing. You realize that your obstacles are shared by others.
And sometimes, being there for someone else’s breakthrough can spark a new thought or idea or even a breakthrough for you. When you come down to it, it only takes one great idea to propel you forward in a great way. Or just as good, your thought, input or question could help someone in your group make some big changes in their business or life. Because sharing ideas and brainstorming definitely stimulates some healthy challenges and a willingness to step outside of your comfort zone.
Dan Kennedy may have said that “being an entrepreneur is the loneliest job on the planet.” But we both know it doesn’t have to be that way.
If you haven’t yet participated in a Mastermind group, I encourage you to seek one out. Do a search online and maybe check out Meetup.com. Or start a group yourself. There are no hard set rules so you can make it what you want it to be.