Nothing great was ever achieved alone. To reach any level of success, it will inevitably require the effort, time and collaboration of other people in some way.
There really is no such thing as a “self-made man” or a “self-made woman”. There are always, always forces backing this person, whether seen or unseen.
It is impossible to have a thought that is 100% original to you. As they say, there’s nothing new under the sun, and what you’re thinking and dealing with has been tossed around by great minds of the past.
Guaranteed, whatever life questions you’re pondering have been considered by Plato, Socrates, Epictetus, Confucius, Aristotle, and Aurelius.
Absolutely any business ideas you might have come up with have been in the minds of business giants like Carnegie, Rockefeller, Ford, Walton, and Bezos.
Whichever ideas of human evolution and history you are pondering have surely come up before in the minds of Darwin, Dawkins, and Durant.
Standing On the Shoulders of Giants (And Our Own Clan Members)
We can summon these powers by going straight to the top in each discipline and gaining the most potent, pure and powerful knowledge.
– Isaac Newton
If anything, things since the hunter-gatherer era have moved towards a more stable agricultural environment (at least in the last 8-12k years). We have utilized less natural selection and more comfortable living, requiring less brainpower and size.
Physically, our brains have adapted accordingly by shrinking in size, although our mind power is continually growing, as we understand our untapped potential.
This should not hinder your progress; rather it should lift you up in your pursuits! It’s encouraging to know that these thoughts you’re thinking have been dealt with by others and have occurred in ways different from your own in the past. However, no one has ever transcribed them in the unique way you have.
This is because your culture is varied. Your habits are different. Your relationships and experiences are different. Your aspirations vary. Your past setbacks and successes are unique to you.
For these reasons, you should recognize that you couldn’t become successful without some sort of outside influence. Whether you read insights from books, you learn from great mentors, you pick up ancient texts and learn from them, or you speak with profound minds, you will be influenced.
This cannot be avoided, and it’s actually helpful to your processes.
I’m not saying it’s impossible to become successful without convening with others, but if you choose this method you will perhaps become lonely and you will learn things much slower.
Imagine you’re a pupil of all things philosophy and take interest in how it can further our world’s collective mind.
Do you think you would have more quick progress if you would go out and experience life on your own, or if you had Plato, Sophocles, Euripides, Aurelius and the others in your counsel?
It goes like this for any craft.
I cannot stress how important, beneficial, and insightful it is to be with others who are on the same mission as you. It propels you. It motivates you. It stimulates your idea chamber. It encourages you, especially at the point of setbacks.
Napoleon Hill labeled getting with a small clan such as this a “mastermind group.”
Hill describes the mastermind group system as a collection of individuals who are headed towards similar purposes in life and who are deciding consciously to keep each other accountable, provide new ideas, and work together for the progression of their interests.
I’ve personally witnessed the mastermind group effect on multiple occasions, in many varied settings, and I’d like to share some of what I’ve learned thus far.
4 Massive Benefits of the Mastermind Group
1. You Clarify Exactly What You’re After
Sitting down regularly with your mastermind group inevitably requires you to define and sharpen your goals and purpose. You need to chisel that away until you know exactly where you’re heading and why, and a proper mastermind group will absolutely help you with that task.
I stress the word proper here, because these individuals you create with must be on a similar mission, serious about it, and consistent with your meetings.
They must be willing to help you along your journey as you support them along theirs. This forms a certain type of camaraderie, it plants new ideas, and it motivates you that much more to get out there and take the necessary action.
2. You Are Launched More Efficiently Towards Your Goal
When you have defined the goal you’re after, holding regular mastermind group sessions will propel you forward on your path much more than you could alone. Since you have, with your group, dialed in your exact target, you will become more motivated, driven, and sure of yourself while going at it full force.
Since the aim is clearer, you know which actions are the most important to take right now, and which can be prioritized in a different way. Certain choices you have along the way will be either weeded out or zeroed in on. This helps cut wasted time out of the picture because you actually have a feedback loop from other successful individuals who have experience.
3. You Learn From Those Above You
If you’ve got multiple people in your mastermind group that are above your level, you can easily learn from them as they drop knowledge on you that you wouldn’t have been exposed to otherwise.
Let’s say you’ve got a great new idea that is fundamentally flawed. There are minimum ways that you could see this would never work out from your own perspective, unless you experienced it yourself.
Having people above your level will let you discern what you need to change. It will save you months or years that did not need to be wasted learning from your own experience, because you have people who’ve done it.
It’s almost always better to avoid mistakes that people have already experienced, so you don’t have to.
4. You Shorten Your Own Learning Curve
If you can get together with many people who have already achieved what you want, it will get you closer to it that much faster. These people remember what it was like to be dealing with what you are, and the challenges and opportunities in your path will likely be familiar to them. This will cut potentially wasted time, by trial and error, off of the learning curve you’re facing.
If you could choose to go through the adversity alone and figure it out, or gain priceless insight from people who have been there and done that, which would you want?
Learning from people who are knowledgeable in your industry, and further can provide insight from a more established entrepreneur’s perspective is invaluable.
I would, and do, gladly pay for this knowledge, but when it’s in a willing mastermind group of peers, it is free.
These people inside your group should have the proactive, abundance mindset and have the general desire to help you out. After all, this is one of the main points of the group.
How to Start A Mastermind Group
If you have no idea where to get started on this, it’s not intimidating as it might sound. You need to simply search your area for people who are dedicated to what you’re doing. Find the people on a similar mission; look for people with goals aligned to your own. They don’t have to be exactly the same, but the closer the better.
Get acquainted with and approach these people and ask if they are willing to get together once or twice a week to discuss their plans, their current actions, and the goals they’ve set. People who are passionate and excited about what they’re working towards should have little hesitation to join you.
It helps to keep the group to about 3-5 people and have some people that are ahead of you in terms of success and progress.
This way you can balance what you learn with what you teach, and have a solid core group of people rallying around what they declare as their mission in life.