Friday, March 6, 2009

Are you part of a Mastermind Yet?

Photo inset: Uncommon Friends, Centennial Park, Fort Myers, Florida.
Left to right: Firestone, Ford, Edison
Thanks to Dale S. for these wonderful photos!

The Mastermind group concept is not new. Andrew Carnegie and later Napoleon Hill (of Think and Grow Rich fame) championed the idea, but even before their time there was a history of mastermind meetings. One of the earliest adopters was a group consisting of Harvey Firestone, Thomas Edison, and Henry Ford nearly 100 years ago!

The mastermind, according to Hill "is the invisible intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind" which results from the gathering of two.

In the past few years people are participating in mastermind groups more than ever before. I have been and still am part of a few mastermind groups myself. The first group I was a part of met in the virtual world known as “Second Life”. Most of us were fairly new to both that world and the mastermind concept, but we fumbled along well for several weeks nonetheless! The connections and relationships I built there outlasted the “group”, and as I move on to other groups, more enduring relationships continue to develop and grow.

The best way to find members to start a mastermind group is to hang out in places with people who have similar interests as you. You can find them in person or online, and meet virtually or in real life. The real benefit is the relationships that develop. It is even sweeter when some members have different talents than others. So while similar interests makes for a good group, diversified talent within the group makes it even better. This way you are all working toward similar goals and have the benefit of complimenting each other with the talent you bring to the group.

Here are a few links to help you on your path to the most beneficial mastermind group:

How to Maximize Potential with Your Mastermind Group
What is a Mastermind Group?
Mastermind Group Resources Blog
How to Create and Run a Mastermind Group

1 comment:

missguidedkat said...

Loved this blog....
and somehow I have missed a couple of the others......
now following you so that doesn't happen again.

Kat :)