The bro-mance I'm talking about was actually between Henry Ford and Thomas Edison.
Edison was the Steve Jobs of his day.
Ford the Elon Musk.
Here's a twist, Ford was a kind of a prodigy who actually started his career working for Edison at the Edison Illuminating company.
While working there, Ford came to the attention of Edison who eventually helped him develop his ideas - one of them was the "quadricycle". #TrueStory
You think you can't imagine life without your phone? Try imagining it without electric light or a car.
Why am I telling you this?
Edison and Ford were both big-idea men who changed the world with their work.
And on some level, don't we all want to do that?
Here's a secret to how they did it:
working together they discovered they could do more if they "harnessed" more brain power.
So they formed a small group who were committed to achieving challenging goals.
That's the first part of a mastermind, unusually committed individuals with big goals.
It worked and all their success grew exponentially.
The big mistake we make:
is thinking our 'big break' is going to come from working longer hours.
That‘s just as likely to lead to burnout, especially if you don't feel you're gaining momentum.
Momentum is more likely to come when you join forces and collaborate with others who are are also committed.
Ford and Edison brought in Harvey Firestone and they began to apply their experience, knowledge and mental acuity to each other's projects.
So they just met and brainstormed?
No, and this is important. They used a very specific method to push beyond the limits of what they could do as individuals.
They even went on trips dedicated only to their mastermind group and committed to following the meeting method and process in order to maximize their time together.
As a result, everyone benefitted exponentially.
The idea came from an author who had interviewed many successful people of that era, Napoleon Hill.
Hill coined the concept of a mastermind in his 1925 book The Law of Success.
Masterminding lets you learn from other smart, successful, determined people who are in a position to give (and receive) objective insights and broader perspectives.
They may be "ahead" of you on their career journey or "behind" you.
The key is you must be willing to let go of hierarchy and both learn and teach.
Someone in your mastermind may have already solved a business problem you're struggling with and vice-versa.
They squared out the foursome by adding Warren G. Harding (yeah, the future president).
Each became larger-than-life in his own right, because they amplified each others work and power.
When you mix with people from other industries, it helps eliminate competition and when you follow the process of masterminding as opposed to "getting together" or "brainstorming" it keeps you focused.
The method is simple but requires discipline and commitment.
That's what sparks the knock-your-socks-off potential of this meeting of the minds. If you don't follow the process and method, it dissolves into "Just another meeting."
It takes discipline, but it's not complicated.
Follow the process and each meeting solves problems, reveals solutions and you feel more supported in your work. And I know that from experience.
I learned the process 10 years ago from a high performance coach. His "rule" was you couldn't leave one of his seminars without joining a mastermind.
Participating in a mastermind group was vital to his success and he wanted his students to know how to use it.
Everything in my career started to happen faster.
Working with a mastermind group helped me get my 10 year goal of giving a TEDx talk in one year.
Without the mastermind to keep me focused and accountable and give moral support, no way would that have happened.
I had support, accountability and most importantly, momentum. They were my team and I was theirs. That's vital for solo entrepreneurs.
The most consistent aspect is having support when you're working to achieve big things and solve annoying, sometimes paralyzing, operational challenges.
You may not get the "Eureka" solution in every meeting, but you feel more supported to tackle bigger challenges and keep pushing after disappointment.
Best of all, it's completely free to learn the process to see if it works for you.
Want to know more?
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The steps to start your own mastermind
A 6-step agenda to run your mastermind session
A worksheet to prepare and,
A few key pieces of "do this, not that" guidance to increase your chances of success.
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