I never liked the TV series – too serious, and the questions were too hard!
But if you want to succeed at anything in life, including life itself, I’d really recommend investigating and trying a mastermind group.
I’ve been in several over the years – I remember when the Celestine Prophecy came out I used to meet up with a group of friends to try to work out how to put it into practice. Which was a kind of mastermind group.
I first learned about mastermind groups when I read a book that was written way back in 1937, called Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. It’s an intriguing title and still a classic book.
Anyway, the idea is that you meet regularly with a group of like-minded people and all help each other to be successful at whatever it is that you each want to do.
I’m actually in two at the moment. One is my Millionaire’s Curry Club, where I meet up with a bunch of people who are all millionaires except me, in the hope that some of how they think and what they do will rub off on me. We meet every couple of months, eat a delicious curry, and compare notes on how it’s all going. They do give me ideas, either direct suggestions or from seeing how THEY do things, but actually the most valuable bit from this group is that they hold me to account. They accuse me of being a coward if I’m not thinking big enough or not taking action on what we talked about last time. It’s sometimes a bit uncomfortable, but we always have a laugh and I always benefit from it.
The other mastermind group that I go to is the Marketing Curry – yes I know, it’s food again, but food does relax everyone and it is an extra reason to come, so I find that works – and at this one it’s a bunch of people starting out as self-employed who are trying to get internet and social media marketing to work for them. We discuss things like pricing, what does everyone think of a Facebook advert or the wording of a new web page, is it better to give something away free or charge for it or get a sponsor for it, is pay per click worth it – all that sort of stuff.
Each person reports on what they’ve done since last time, and we look in more detail at two or three bigger issues that anyone has. We all learn from everything that each person is working on, it’s great. Sometimes we discover that we can collaborate on work, and often someone there will know somebody who can help with websites or e-books or graphic design or whatever it is.
It’s usually an evening, but sometimes we book out a whole day and we go into more detail on the plans that each person is working on. The group has grown from four to about ten, but I find that about six or eight is probably best.
So that’s your challenge – to either join or set up a mastermind group. I set up both of mine, I think they are hard to find and join, and most people have never heard of them so there aren’t many around. Also the one you find might not be quite right for you. So it’s probably easiest and best to set up your own – just select some people you’d like to work with, invite them, explain what it’s about, and off you go: onwards and upwards!