Do you have a mastermind group? More than likely without even being aware of it, you are a part of one. A mastermind group according to Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich book is:
The coordination of knowledge and effort of two or more people, who work toward a definite purpose, in the spirit of harmony.
I have always had a knack for starting things when I felt there was a need. However, it was not until 2009, that I took my insight online and started my own blogs and businesses. Graduating from graduate school with no job in sight, I was forced to tap into the entrepreneurial and creative side of my personality. I started the Closed Lids blog, where I dabbled in selling astrology chart readings and dream interpretations. After a year or so of selling readings, I decided it was too time consuming and blogging was my best route. I then started Lisa Inks and started to read more into businesses and start-ups. It was then I realized I needed some sort of support group. Reading articles and books can be helpful, but I felt that I needed more interaction with other individuals who were going through similar business or life situations.
I emailed about 40 friends and family members that I felt had the drive and desire to improve their lives and wouldn’t mind meeting up with a group of individuals monthly to discuss life happenings. Out of those forty individuals, only about 20 seriously expressed interest. Seventeen of us, some friends and family, others just meeting each other for the first time, met in November for the first meeting. We discussed our professional, academic, and personal goals. It was a great meeting that lasted to about 3 in the morning.
Since that first meeting, we have met every month with the exception of December. The meeting size fluctuates, but there is a core group of individuals that come to every meeting. For those who cannot make meetings, they interact on our Facebook group and keep everyone updated. The group currently is at 25 and I think it would best serve its purpose if it stayed under 30.
We are a group of African-American men and women ranging from 18 to 31. Some individuals are in school and have no desire to start a business, but they come to meetings to discuss their academic and professional goals. Others are adamantly against working for the man and have their own businesses. Others are tethering on the fence and work for themselves and the man, with hopes of eventually becoming independent of working for another person. One thing we all have in common is that we have high hopes of being successful, influential, and discovering our life purpose.
Each meeting has a different theme and takes a life of its own. We talk about the topic at hand, discuss our accomplishments, and set new goals for the next meeting. We laugh, talk, and often times stay up until 4 in the morning getting work completed. Friendships and partnerships have been formed.
I recommend everyone should have some sort of support group. Like Napoleon Hill said, all it takes is “the coordination of knowledge and effort of two or more people, who work toward a definite purpose, in the spirit of harmony.”
PhD student finding peace in creating a balance between the mind, body, soul, & environment.