Do you benefit from spending time with people who have the same knowledge and experiences as you? Possibly, but you would probably benefit far more by being around people with skills and knowledge that compliment yours. If you see the value in having a greater variety in your group, you might be a good candidate for a Mastermind group.
Mastermind is a concept initially described by Napoleon Hill in his book "Think and Grow Rich" back in 1937. The idea is to bring together two or more people with a common mindset and create a Mastermind which is the whole group. If you like formulas, here is one that describes a Mastermind group:
1 mind + 1 mind + … = the collective Mastermind!
What a Mastermind Group Is
Mastermind is about sharing and teaching, learning and trust, supporting and encouraging. It's about moving forward and having a supportive circle when you need it.
Together, members of a Mastermind group learn and grow. It require members to be open to new ideas and have the willingness to change. This can be quite challenging, even frightening because some people tend to become comfortable where they are and resist change or embracing new ideas. In a Mastermind group, when someone doesn't appear to understand the message you are attempting to share with them, members recognize that that it is simply not the the right time for that person to embrace that vision and that's alright. You will find that you can only help those who want to be helped. Individuals embrace new ideas when they are ready. Each of us grows at our own pace.
Other than a willingness to actively contribute, grow and be open to receiving, there aren't any guidelines written in stone about who can be part of a Mastermind group. In fact, prejudging someone can sometime mean loosing out on an extraordinary person. A Mastermind group could actually include married and single men and women who might be life coaches, carpenters, waitresses, cooks, mechanics, financial planner, parents, entrepreneurs, folks from various ethnic and cultural backgrounds, the young and the young at heart.
While some Mastermind groups only last a few months, successful ones can last for years when you have the right people in it because they all recognize the value that The Mastermind brings to the lives of its members.
What a Mastermind Group Is Not
Being part of a Mastermind group isn't for everyone because we don't all have the right state of mind to benefit from such a group. Masterminding only works if you are generally willing to give more than you need to get. Don't worry about getting. If every member in your group subscribe to this philosophy, you will find an abundance are givers and everyone will also naturally receive. Think about what you want from others: You might want them to share with you. to support you, to be committed to meeting with you. If these are things you want, you have to be willing to offer the same.All participants also need to be dedicated to the group. You can't expect to be able to rely on others if they can't rely on you.
Mastermind is not and should not be used as a marketing tool to promote your goods or services to the group. However, you can certainly bring up how to do your marketing more effectively as a topic for discussion. Of course you might meet people who might use your services or refer business your way but if you are in it just to sell to the group, you will quickly find yourself being asked to leave or the group will fold. Either way, nobody will benefit. However even people in sales can benefit from being part of a mastermind group.
Take Action and Make It Happen
It takes action to make a plan happen. I am looking for individuals interested in being part of a Mastermind program.
Contact me for more information on how you can join or create your very own Mastermind group.
With warmest regards,
Life Coach Michael
TNG Consulting Inc.
Sustainable Solutions for Life
Life Coach Michael Milette
Come Discover a Great Life