A question I often ask people when they come to me for help is “What is the number one reason you are not as successful in business as you’d like to be?” Typical answers include not enough money, not enough time and don’t know how. By far the biggest response is around people. And even then, when we dig into why money, time and knowledge are an issue, we come back again to people.
Surround Yourself with Remarkable People
Jim Rohn, American entrepreneur and motivational speaker, famously said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” This relates to the law of averages, which is the theory that the result of any given situation will be the average of all outcomes.
We tend to subconsciously calibrate ourselves to the energy and behaviours of those around us – regardless of whether they are a good influence or not.
It’s not just positive people you need. You also need your critics. You need people to keep you grounded. The more successful you become, the more critics you will find. Like it or not you will never be short of critics.
It takes time to build your mental toughness, particularly when you’re in unfamiliar territory such as the early stages of growing your business. The people you therefore need to seek out are those remarkable people who bring out the best in you.
If your mindset and performance were the average of five incredible people, what would your life be like?
The trouble is that so many of us lack the right people in our lives to influence our success. Our relationships early in our lives and careers are largely a function of our location. We go to school with people in our neighbourhood. We are placed with students that our teachers decide are ‘qualified’ to be in our class. We start our careers on poor quality information and a lack of clear direction.
Before long we discover that the people around us are not the ones we really want to be influenced by.
So what happens? Very often people settle. They lead comfortable lives. They remain in jobs they don’t enjoy – simply tolerating their situation because they don’t know what else to do or how to do it.
But some people break the mould. They refuse to settle. They decide to do something about their hopes and dreams and they find the people who will help them.
What Exactly is a Mastermind Group?
A mastermind group consists of a small group of creative and committed people who meet regularly to help one another create the lifestyle they want.
Masterminds are not a new concept. Benjamin Franklin formed a mastermind in 1727 with 12 of his friends that he called a Junto. Mastermind groups are however on the rise. More and more successful people are using mastermind groups to reach their full potential.
Mastermind groups offer a combination of brainstorming, creative problem solving, education, goal setting, and peer accountability to sharpen your business and personal skills.
Mastermind groups are not:
- Group coaching sessions
- Group counselling or therapy
- Networking events
Mastermind members challenge each other to set important goals, and more importantly, to achieve them. The group requires commitment, confidentiality, and willingness to be creative and generate solutions. It also requires that members provide each other with complete honesty, respect and compassion.
“Mastermind group members act as catalysts for growth, devil’s advocates and supportive colleagues. This is the essence and value of mastermind groups.”
- Karyn Greenstreet
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I love Jim Rohn’s notion of having 5 remarkable people influence your life. If there were absolutely no barriers, which 5 people would you have in your perfect mastermind group?