What Is A Mastermind Group?

Personal Development for Career Professionals

Before I joined the john Maxwell Team, I had never heard of a mastermind group. I thought “mastermind” referred to the British tv show that I grew up with as a child. now, it seams that every second person I run into is attending a mastermind group.

The concept of a mastermind group is not a new one. In fact, it has been around for almost 80 years. The concept of a mastermind group was first mentioned by Napoleon Hill in his book “Think and Grow Rich”, in 1937.

Mastermind groups are not just for business owners or investors. They are for anyone who wants to get together with a group of people and brainstorm, discuss ideas, and learn from each other on a particular subject.

The first mastermind group i ever attended was on John C Maxwell’s book “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership”. I decided to join the group, as I wanted to improve the results I was getting in my first business. There were around ten of us in the group, and we used to meet each week, over the phone, to discuss the 2 chapters of the book that we had read over the previous week. The group was diverse, and consisted of Government employees, mothers, students and business owners.

It wasn’t a book club though. We had a facilitator, who had studied the book in great detail, who guided our discussion with thought provoking questions. She also made sure that everyone got a chance to share ideas and ask questions. The more we put into the group, the more we got out of it.

While I was expecting improved results in my business, I never expected that attending the mastermind group would affect my whole life. I enjoyed it so much that, I jumped at the chance to attend again later that year. This second group was with different people, and so I got a lot of new insight into the book that I hadn’t the first time around.

One thing that has come out of attending various mastermind groups, which I didn’t expect, is the new friends that I have made, and the support we have been able to give each other outside the groups. The concepts that I learnt, and the support and encouragement that I received from the group members, gave me the courage to retire my sick guide dog, learn to use a long cane again, and travel half way around the world on my own.

At the end of August, I will be running a mastermind group on John C Maxwell’s book “Put Your Dream To the Test”. If you are interested in participating in this mastermind, or would like more information, please contact me. Places are limited, and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis, so please act now to avoid disappointment.

Are You Compelled To Follow Your Dream?

Moving from Corporate to Business

In my last post, I asked if you had a dream, and mentioned that there were 10 questions that you could ask yourself to determine whether your dream is worth pursuing. This post will deal with one of those questions which is, the question of passion, i.e. does your dream compel you to follow it?

In his book, “Put Your Dream To The Test”, John Maxwell defines passion as:

”… an enthusiasm that not only gives you energy and focus in the present, but also gives you power to keep moving toward the future. It gives you fuel to pursue your dream.”

When I started my first business, after being made redundant, I thought that it was my passion. Everything was all shiny, new and exciting, and I had a great time. However, when things got tough, when I couldn’t find customers and didn’t meet my sales goals, I would get terribly discouraged and would stop working in my business.

One christmas, I got together with a colleague and arranged a product launch. Between us, we invited about 100 people to the launch, but only a handful turned up. I was so upset, that I didn’t do any work in my business for over a week, and considered quitting altogether!

After doing some soul searching last year, I came to the conclusion that, while I loved the products, and enjoyed sharing them with others, it really wasn’t enough to keep me going, particularly when times were tough. I also discovered that my main motivation for continuing with the business was so that people wouldn’t say to me “I told you you’d never succeed at that”. I still exclusively use the products, and am always recommending them to others, but it’s not my passion.

However, in my current business, when things don’t go the way I want, I may still get discouraged for a few hours. But, sometimes I don’t get discouraged at all, and I’m increasingly seeing these times as opportunities to learn, or change direction.

In my first business, i used to toss and turn at night, and try and figure out how I could get more sales. In my current business, I wake suddenly from a sound sleep, with a great idea for a new blog post, or a revelation about how I can better serve my customers. Sometimes I get so excited that I can’t get back to sleep!

It’s almost like my passion won’t let me give up! It’s what keeps me going through the tough times, towards the success of achieving my dream.

Are you passionate about your dream? Does it compel you to follow it? Please let me know in the comments section, or if you prefer, please contact me directly.

I will be running a mastermind on “Put Your Dream To the Test” at the end of August. Participants will have the chance to exchange thoughts and ideas, learn from each other’s experiences, and put their dreams to the test.

If you are interested in participating in this mastermind, or would like more information, please contact me. Places are limited, and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis, so please act now to avoid disappointment.

Putting Your Dream To the Test

Moving from Corporate to Business

In my previous post, I asked if you might be living someone else’s dream. In this post, my question is, do you have a dream of your own? Perhaps it’s something that you’ve put to the back of your mind because you don’t think it is possible. Perhaps it’s a dream you’ve never followed because you’re not sure how to take the first step. Perhaps it’s a dream that you’ve never followed because you don’t want to risk quitting your job, or outlaying a lot of money to make it possible. Perhaps you’ve been discouraged to follow your dream, or have failed in your first attempt.

There is a way to examine your dream, and put it to the test, to see if it really is what you want to do. Putting it to the test in this way has no risk, and is not costly.

In his book, “Put Your Dream To The test”, John Maxwell suggests that if you know the right ten questions to ask yourself, and if you can answer them with a “yes”, you will have an excellent chance of being able to achieve your dreams. The more questions you can answer with a “yes” the greater your chances of success. I have already dealt with one of these questions (the question of ownership) in my previous post, and will cover some of the others in future blog posts.

I will be running a mastermind on this book at the end of August. Participants will have the chance to exchange thoughts and ideas, learn from each other’s experiences, and put their dreams to the test. I only wish I’d had the opportunity to read this book and participate in a mastermind like this when I was deciding what to do when I took my redundancy!

If you are interested in participating in this mastermind, or would like more information, please contact me. Places are limited, and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis, so please act now to avoid disappointment.

Could You Be Living Someone Else’s Dream?

Moving from Corporate to Business

Are you doing what you’ve always wanted? Are you following in the footsteps of a relative and doing what they did? Are you doing a job that someone said you’d be good at? If the answer to either of the last 2 questions is “yes”, it’s possible you may be living someone else’s dream.

When I was in Year 10 of high school, I had a number of opportunities to do work experience. I can’t remember how, but one of those work experience opportunities was with a physiotherapist, and I loved every minute of it!

So, I structured my Years 11 and 12 subjects to qualify me for entry into Physiotherapy studies at university. None of the Australian physiotherapy schools would take me back then, due to my total blindness. So I enrolled in the North London School of Physiotherapy in the UK, a school specially designed to train blind physiotherapists.

It’s a long and complicated story, which I won’t go into here, but after 4 months at the school, I was advised to return to Australia and study something more academic. I remember sitting, broken hearted, in my Aunt’s lounge room in England, and asking her what I should do. I had been so focused on becoming a physiotherapist, that I had no other ideas about what to do with the rest of my life. My Aunt said: “You’ve got a good brain, why don’t you study law?” I didn’t know the first thing about lawyers, or what they did, but I returned to Australia and obtained a combined Commerce Law degree.

Fortunately, I enjoyed studying, and working in the legal profession. In fact, I worked as a Government lawyer for 17, mostly happy, years.

However, while I didn’t realise this at the time, this wasn’t my dream. Like many other people, I got up every day and went to work, and enjoyed what I did. But I always envied those people I would see on TV who were following their passion in some sort of business. They would say things like: “I work 18 hours a day, but I love it so much, it doesn’t feel like work”, “It’s what gets me up in the morning” and “At last, I’m doing what I’ve always wanted to do”. I would sigh and think to my self, I don’t feel like that about my work. It’s just a job.

It wasn’t until I took a redundancy and started my own business as a John C Maxwell trainer and coach, that I discovered my passion for self-development and coaching. It really does get me out of bed in the morning! My days just disappear, and I don’t know where the time has gone, as I’m having so much fun.

My dear Aunt has always wanted her family to have, what she would call, “good jobs”. So she guided me to be a lawyer, one of my cousins to be a doctor, and another cousin to be a teacher. I can’t speak for my cousins, who seem very happy in their professions. but I can speak for myself and say that being a lawyer wasn’t my dream, but my Aunts. Now I am following my dream, and I can certainly tell the difference!

Are you living your dream, or have you adopted someone else’s dream and made it fit? Please tell me in the comments section, or if you prefer, contact me directly.