Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.
- Kenyan Proverb
The free Ultimate Mastermind Workbook is live!
Today is huge! Our Mastermind Maven Liz Seda and I just released The Ultimate Mastermind Workbook: A Comprensive Guide to Surrounding Yourself with the People Who Won’t Let You Fail. This gorgeously designed 56-page guide is our 100% free gift to you. We hope you enjoy it – and put it to good use!
Note: Download link at bottom of this post
Now read on to understand the power of the right mastermind & the five steps needed to make it possible…
Those Who Make Failure Impossible…
Behind every successful person is a team of support and inspiration to make things possible. I have never seen an exception to this rule.
I am no different, as I’m sure you saw with our recent post about the LYL team.
One anchor for me (and many of you) is Liz Seda.
Let me explain.
Liz never graduated from high school. She also never took the SAT.
Yet she was accepted into the University of Miami with a $25,000 scholarship as a biomedical engineer major. Once in college, she quickly decided that focusing on good grades was a joke, especially if she wanted to learn something practical. Instead, she focused her energy on kicking ass at the things she applied herself to.
Within two years she became the President of the University of Miami Society of Women Engineers as well as the College of Engineering student body president.
When she graduated, her 2.0 GPA got her hired by Proctor & Gamble as a process engineer. This is a company I couldn’t even get an interview with when I graduated university, despite my high honors 3.8 grade point average. (I’m not bitter though, I promise.)
She lasted a year before corporate frustration caused her to spin off on her own to start A Life On Your Terms.
Thankfully, she eventually stumbled upon Live Your Legend.
Six months ago, her then-shy self almost didn’t write me a message on Facebook to ask if it would be okay if she helped put our private Facebook group into mastermind groups based on their goals, interests and time zones… all for free. You can imagine my response!
She proceeded to knock the cover off the project, changing a lot of lives in the process.
So I asked if she’d do the same for our How to Connect with Anyone course. She jumped at the chance and proceeded to literally quadruple the value and benefit of the course by individually placing nearly 300 members from 25 countries into just under 50 mastermind groups. This girl defines over-deliver.
Liz is now an official part of the LYL team (and a big one at that) and manages many of the operations and projects we’re working on over here. At this point, it scares me to say I’m not really sure what I’d do without her.
And it all started with her almost not sending me that one little message…
Obviously, she’s now a much bigger expert on masterminds (and most things) than I could ever hope to be.
After months of research and experimentation…
She has bundled up everything she’s learned and put it into the post below, as well as a 56-page comprehensive mastermind workbook, that we are both confident is the most in-depth mastermind guide on the Internet.
And as a celebration for the upcoming Connect with Anyone launch, and because we love you so much, this Ultimate Mastermind Workbook is 100% free. This is 1/100th of what we offer in the course, so let this be just a small taste of how we roll at LYL and CWA! (download link at end of this article)
I have mastermind groups for LYL, for my investment business and even for fitness and my personal life. I would be nowhere without them.
Thanks for pouring your soul into this, Liz.
I have a feeling this is the start of something great – for all of us.
Without further ado, please welcome Liz with open arms!
The people around us have everything to do with our success.
That much we know.
And in the next few minutes, you’re going to learn about one of the cardinal principles of that success. What you decide to do with this information can change your life forever, as it has for Scott, me and countless others.
I’m talking about the most celebrated concepts in Napoleon Hill’s book, Think and Grow Rich: The Mastermind Principle.
When you think about the history of the Mastermind Principle, it’s not difficult to see why.
The Inklings: Composed of poets and writers who helped to deliver The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings. A few of its members were C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Owen Barfield.
The Junto: Founded by Benjamin Franklin. There were twelve members, and they came together to discuss self improvement, politics, theology and science.
The Vagabonds: Composed of Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Warren G. Harding, Harvey Firestone.
The Chicago 6: A group of 6 men who met every Saturday evening. None of them had any money when they started their mastermind. Within a few years, they were all millionaires. William Hertz and Charles Wrigley were the most successful of this group.
The Graham Group: More than 50 years ago, Warren Buffett began hosting an annual gathering with a few close friends in the investment space. At first, it was just a day to talk about stocks, but it soon grew into annual weekend or weeklong events around the world with business leaders in all industries (including Bill Gates) to discuss ideas far bigger than just stocks.
These are only a few examples of endless mastermind alliances throughout history.
But the fact that these folks became unbelievably successful is just the beginning. Simply put, the power of a mastermind group allowed them to change the world.
The Unlimited Power of a Mastermind Group
What is it about the gathering of minds united in harmony that generates a level of mental stimulation which no single individual could experience alone?
If I asked you this question, you’d probably say that mastermind groups give people access to more information, provide support for projects, and hold members accountable. While that’s technically correct, it’s not the whole story.
It is true that the more people you have, the more information you’ll have access to; but results of mastermind alliances prove that they aren’t just a gathering of people to exchange ideas and offer knowledge. In fact, mastermind sessions often lead to results in a depth of knowledge no single person had access to before that interaction!
But the true power is this:
When a group of people come together in harmony to achieve a definite purpose, the increased mental prowess and capacity for intelligence created through this coordination becomes greater than the sum of the intelligence of the individual minds. This intelligence can be tapped into by any member of the group.
No two minds ever come together without, thereby, creating a third, invisible, intangible force which may be likened to a third invisible mind.
- Napoleon Hill
Have you ever been a part of a collaborative project that was so in the flow that it seemed as if your group was capable of anything? Did you notice ideas and thoughts coming into your head out of nowhere? Thoughts that you never knew you had or that you were even capable of that left you feeling unstoppable?
That’s the third mind. Without your group, you’d never be able to tap into those thoughts. When you’re collaborating in an environment that naturally brings you into that flow, you can’t help but think differently.
Just the act of being around such surroundings will totally change your game, and that of everyone around you. Your energy, your inspiration, your creativity – all of it rockets to a new level.
If I lost you with all of that new-age speak, allow me to sum it up for you nice and simple:
By participating in the right mastermind group, you instantly become way smarter than you could ever be alone, even on your best day.
The fact of the matter is, you can’t achieve great things all alone.
Whether it’s a formal mastermind or just you and two buddies using each other for feedback and guidance, it is imperative that you make use of this resource if you want to have a chance at hitting your potential.
Although this workbook is about the benefits of forming and participating in a formal mastermind group, the value of associating yourself with individuals you respect, admire and want to emulate is just as important. After all, that’s probably the biggest value of our community at Live Your Legend!
Let’s get to it!
The 5 Crucial Steps to Creating Your Ultimate Mastermind Group
Over the past four months, I’ve spent dozens of hours creating and organizing mastermind groups for Scott’s Live Your Legend community and Leo Babauta’s at Zen Habits.
Since I’ve started this whole process, I’ve created over 100 mastermind groups for more than 600 people from dozens of countries.
I’ve seen groups flourish and flounder. I’ve seen what makes a great group, and I know why groups disband.
I’m going to share everything I’ve learned with you, but not here in the blog. Scott and I have created a 56-page Ultimate Mastermind Workbook chock full of everything you’ve ever wanted to know about creating a mastermind group and more. You can download it at the end of this post for free, no signup required. Participating in a mastermind group is so essential that we don’t want anything getting in your way. Including us.
To be honest, after scouring the Internet for mastermind resources, I’m confident that this is by far the most comprehensive free resource on the web. I cannot wait for you to read it!
For now, here are the 5 crucial steps:
Step 1: Choose Your Most Effective Mastermind Group Type
Will it be based on topic, mission or business based, or related to specific goals or accountability? Maybe a combination?
Step 2: Define Your Purpose
Agree on a focus, purpose, or mission for your group. You and your members need to know why you’re meeting, and more importantly, you all must truly believe in your group’s reason for existing and desired outcome you hope to produce.
Step 3: Define Your Expectations, Ground Rules & Penalties
The right expectations are crucial, both for effectiveness and productivity, as well as handling the occasional tough situations that inevitably come up with group and team dynamics. Nail down the fundamentals, like how often you want to meet and anything else that’s non-negotiable to you. What will happen if you don’t deliver on what you committed to, like a penalty donation to Kiva or 25 pushups? Define what matters.
Step 4: Find, Recruit & Build Your Team
How many people will you include and what backgrounds will give you the best chance at accomplishing your purpose? What are the criteria of your ideal member? Will they be in your hometown, over the Internet or a combination? Where will you find them? How will you invite them?
Step 5: Establish & Host Your Ideal Meeting
What meeting structure leads to the most success? What’s your routine agenda? How often will you meet? Will you rotate who gets the majority of the focus each meeting or will it be equal each time? How will you set goals and accountability for the next meeting?
*Note: Each of these steps can be huge and quite in depth, which is why I went into massive detail on each of them in our Ultimate Mastermind Workbook guide below. We want to give you the absolute best chance at success!
On Finding Support: If you want more information about how to create an environment filled with people who will inspire you and believe in your ability to make the impossible possible, be sure to get on the waiting list for Scott’s How to Connect With Anyone course, where I will be personally interviewing and putting every participant into hand-selected mastermind groups based on who you are as an individual, and what you’re looking for in a team.
Choose Your Destiny
It’s been said that choice, not chance, is what determines your destiny.
That’s a truth you get to face right now.
What you do with this information is up to you.
Will you do nothing and choose to continue to go at it on your own – putting yourself out of the game by default?
Or will you take a stand and create the surroundings that change everything?
If do you choose the latter (And I’m pretty confident you will!), I guarantee that over time, your results, and that of your mastermind, will speak for themselves.
If you find the prospect of tracking down an entire mastermind team sort of like your own nightmarish version of Ocean’s 11, remember that you don’t have to have a whole team. Having just one other person is enough to start a revolution. Literally.
James Watt and Matthew Boulton developed the steam engine and started the Industrial Revolution.
J.P. Morgan and Andrew Carnegie built the U.S. Steel Corporation, which became the largest steel company in the world.
Bill Gates and Paul Allen started their mastermind group in 8th grade.
I’ve seen three total strangers come together and change each others’ lives forever. Rock on, Team Amigas from Connect with Anyone – Leah, Nazrin and Melanie – you make us proud! These three girls just announced they’re making the trip from Australia out to Portland this year for World Domination Summit – can’t wait to meet them live! They’ve also started a coaching business together.
I’ve seen five guys from five different countries get together and support each other on their missions for success. Shout-out to Joan, Andrew, Michael, Eugene, and Marcus from Team Mordin, also from Connect with Anyone! You inspire us with your progress and your stories. This is truly a team of superheroes!
And most recently, one of our members from Israel landed a dream gig with TED Global in Edinburgh, Scotland with the support of his mastermind!
I have people in dozens of groups in the Zen Habits Sea Change program helping each other create the type of lasting change that most spend their whole life trying to achieve.
Scott and I are both in multiple mastermind groups and I can honestly say that mine have made my business exponentially more successful. I’m grateful every day for my team.
Hard Work is Always Required – Might As Well Have Some Company!
I’m not going to lie to you and say that putting together a wildly successful mastermind group is easy.
It requires real effort.
Just like anything worth having, it takes work to find the right people and circumstances to form the group that will help you change the world.
The only thing you have to do is give every ounce of your conviction to your mastermind. Then add a little more. What follows will blow your mind.
It doesn’t matter where you live, who you know, what you do, or how old you are. There’s a group of people out there that are waiting for you to connect with them.
Here’s to making magic happen.
Liz is a corporate dropout turned lifestyle designer and pithy personal development blogger. She’s also the Community & Operations Manager at Live Your Legend. To find out more, go to her blog at A Life on Your Terms and download her exclusive members-only Life Lovers Guide to the Galaxy. You can also find her on twitter at @elizabethseda.
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This is going to be so much fun!
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