Last week, I made a quick trip to Toronto to meet up with a few members of my group, Solo Masterminds (formerly known as Mom Masterminds).
We were smaller than usual. Kelly McCausey, who leads Solo Masterminds, and the other members from Michigan couldn't make it this time. I was a bit apprehensive about this, wondering if my trip would be a waste. But the four of us who did make it (Sharon McMillan, who was also our host, Angela Wills, Imie Belanger and me) did not let our size deter us from having a productive and helpful meeting.
In fact, the group's small-ness made the meeting more intimate. Over dinner and afterwards, while walking our dinner off, conversations shifted from business to personal. Because, really, can you separate the two? (More on that under lessons below)
We had time to go over each of our businesses in depth and detail. Here I am showing my main sites and telling the group where I'm at, what my challenges are, and where I plan to go next:
Here are some of the highlights from our meetup:
Napoleon Hill in his book, Think and Grow Rich, defined a “master mind” as the “Coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose.”
Hill continues to say that no individual can attain great power without a Master Mind. If you have big goals, then you can't rely on your own knowledge and experience to attain them.
I agree. I definitely attribute a lot of my success to my membership in Solo Masterminds. It helped me get started as a home-based freelance writer, blogger, and online marketer.
As my business grows, I continue to look to the mentors and members of Solo Masterminds to help me navigate the ever-changing face of Internet marketing, clarify my goals, find freelancers, affiliates and joint venture partners, and identify the best paths to get to where I want to go.
It's also been helpful to share what I know with those who are just starting out.
Do you belong to a mastermind group? What benefits have you enjoyed because of it? And how do you think your mastermind group can do better?
If you're still looking for a mastermind group, what qualities are you looking for?
Share your experiences and thoughts in the comments below.
PS: For the first time, Solo Masterminds is opening its doors to ALL solo women entrepreneurs and not just Moms. Click here to learn more about Solo Masterminds and sign up for a complimentary 7-day preview.
Photos by me (top) and Sharon McMillan.
Lexi Rodrigo is a communication and marketing professional for multimillion-dollar businesses, co-author of Blog Post Ideas: 21 Proven Ways to Create Compelling Content and Kiss Writer's Block Goodbye, and host of "Marketing Insights LIVE!." Connect with Lexi on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.
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