I’m so excited because this morning I started my first mastermind group – Diane Cunningham’s Success Sisters! (There’s still time to join!) Maybe you’re wondering, as I did last year, what a mastermind group is and why you even need one.
The term was first coined by author Napolean Hill in his book Think and Grow Rich. He was commissioned by the American industrialist Andrew Carnegie in 1908 to interview over 500 of the most successful people of his time and form a general formula for business and life success. (Wikipedia/Hill, 2007)
This project took 29 years, and in 1928 he outlined 13 principles in his book, that his 29 years of research defined as common to every successful person. One of those principles was the Power of the MasterMind. (Wikipedia/Hill, 2007).
The book, which has sold 30 million copies to date, suggests 13 steps towards riches. Step nine is called “Power of the Mastermind” and describes basically what is known today as Mastermind Groups. The word “mastermind” is introduced for describing the synergies that can be created when several human minds unite to work towards a common specific goal, where the whole in terms of mental power represents more than the sum of its parts. The whole is viewed as an invisible, additional force called the mastermind. (Wikipedia/Hill, 2007)
I.e., a group of anointed, inspired, powerful women (or men) coming together with brilliant ideas!
Every successful person in their respective industries have at some point have been connected to or in a mastermind groups. The richest business men and women and CEO’s have made millions from the synergy and the power of masterminding. The real power of a mastermind is finding someone with a skill set that you lack and teaming up with her or him to become unstoppable!
In a MasterMind, you are surrounded by people who help you, counsel you, constructively-criticize you, encourage you, motivate you, inspire you and push you to be better than you could ever be on your own.
The Bible puts it this way: “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble…A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)
I am so excited about this group and can’t wait to see what God is going to do in and through us for His glory!
Have you ever been in a mastermind group? What was your experience like? Do you believe it catapulted you toward more success? Please share your comments below.