Napoleon Hill’s masterpiece Think and Grow Rich outlines the 13 steps successful people follow to grow their legacy. Among the steps is to belong to a mastermind group that works with you to help you achieve your goals. Jim Collins also talks about this principle in his book Good to Great, describing the process of selecting the right people for your team before moving forward as a common characteristic of great leaders.
When I was recently in New York, I tried to connect with a variety of networks. I attended several local Toastmaster meetings, I met with an online study group each morning before work, and I researched different writing groups of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Although only one SCBWI group fell within my schedule, I did find one other author/illustrator to meet up with.
It was one of the best things I ever did. I learned so much from her experiences. Best of all was meeting someone so much like me. We had so many things in common. I really enjoyed our time together. We made simple concrete goals to move our projects forward and it was nice to talk about the challenges of completing our goal, the successes and to have someone else sincerely interested in our work.
Here is a great post on how to find the people you need to start your mastermind.
Do you belong to a mastermind? If so how did you begin and where did you find your fellow master minders?