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Mastermind Your Way to Success

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This next article is part of an ongoing series here at TSB Magazine called The Success Principles. The series is based on the 64 principles laid out by Jack Canfield in his course of the same name. If you`re new, I always suggest starting any series from the beginning.

Principle 46:  Mastermind Your Way to Success

When two or more people coordinate in a spirit of harmony and work toward a definite objective or purpose, they place themselves in position, through the alliance, to absorb power directly from the great storehouse of infinite intelligence.  -N. Hill

I first read about the power of the mastermind group in Napolean Hill’s timeless book Think and Grow Rich. (which is one of the free books we’re giving away to our members)  I was in college and quickly realized this goal by forming a small mastermind with two of my friends.

At the time, it was myself, Michael Stoute, and our friend Justin.  Our goal was simple:  we wanted to get better with women.

We would often meet at Barnes and Noble, bringing various books and printed out newsletters with us.  We would discuss interesting points that we read, and give our input into the problems that each of us were struggling with.

At night when we went out to bars and clubs we were all focused on the same goal: helping one another meet women.

I strongly believe that because there were three of us all quite focused on achieving the same goal, our results came quicker and in a more pronounced fashion.

This is the power of the mastermind.

The basic philosophy of a mastermind group is that more can be achieved in less time when people work together.  A mastermind group is made up of people who come together on a regular basis- weekly, biweekly, or monthly- to share ideas, thoughts, information, feedback, and resources.  By getting the perspective, knowledge, experience, and resources of the others in the group, not only can you move beyond your own limited view of the world but you an also advance your own goals and projects more quickly.  -Canfield

Last summer when TSB Magazine held our first Man Transformation Wingman Weekend, one of the most productive qualities of the weekend was that it brought seven like-minded men together to form a temporary mastermind group.

For the entire event, we shared our views on topics like online dating, pickup, entrepreneurship, and personal growth.  As we were all from various parts of the country, with different backgrounds, we were each able to contribute our own unique perspective to the conversation, ultimately benefiting everyone involved.

When choosing a mastermind group it is best to choose men and women who are already where you would like to be in life- or at least at your level.  You want to orchestrate it so that there are people that you can learn from.  It is best to choose positive, creative, motivating, and influential people.

How to conduct a mastermind meeting

Jack Canfield gives us a rough outline of how one of these mastermind meetings should run:

  1. Ask for spiritual guidance by delivering and invocation.
  2. Share whats new and good.
  3. Negotiate for time.
  4. Individual members speak while group listens and brainstorms solutions.
  5. Make a commitment to stretch.
  6. End with a moment of gratitude.
  7. Be accountable.

The last step “be accountable” is extremely important.  Each member should check up on one another to make sure that they are moving closer towards their goals, and achieving what they have set out to do.  This is one of the real values in a mastermind group.

To learn more about the power of a mastermind group sign up for our membership and get a free copy of the classic book Think and Grow Rich.

About Bobby Rio

I'm Bobby Rio, one of the founders of TSB. I tend to write about what is on my mind so you'll find a mix of self development, social dynamics and dating articles/experiences.  For a collection of some of my favorite articles check them out.

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