For those of you who have no clue, a majority of the You Can Build It Crew have all come together through the Focus Society Mastermind. We are all of like mind, have similar (but not the same ) goals, have read and enjoyed many of same books, and all help each other and learn from each other.
This post was prompted by observations within our community and others of similar make-up and direction. Some of us have been using the Mastermind Concept, explained clearly in Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill over 70 years ago. (for a FREE audio and text version Click Here)
It’s become very evident to me that a vast majority of people whom I have had the privilege of interacting with really don’t GET the point of what a mastermind alliance is for, why they need one, or what to do with it when they find one. First, when we are talking about a “Mastermind” typically the person is not talking about everyone just listening to what some guru of some field has to say. A mastermind is supposed to be a GROUP, and not a group of groupies! So why am I going to focus on ways to get you kicked out? Well, my hope is that you never do the four things I’m about to tell you.
I don’t know about you, but I have got to admit that I really have an issue with people who use the word “I” too many times in a conversation. (Previous statement written purposely to prove the point.) When you find that you are the center of your universe it’s time to stop and reflect on what’s truly important in life, what are you doing, and start to ask the big questions. If you are only living to please yourself or to serve self – I’m deeply sorry for your empty shallow existence. Zig Zigler sums it up, “You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” It start by helping others get what they want!
Your mastermind is there to tell you how they did it, what worked or didn’t work for them, but by no means is it an outsourcing service. Please don’t expect, or demand someone to do anything for you. You may feel that because of the invest that is required in some Mastermind Alliances that you should receive some level of service – unless that is the case, and you also signed up for additional “Done For You” Service – expect nothing but a person to listen and help direct you.
This may as well be an extension of number two – but if you signed up for just all of the bonus and freebies. Please do us all a favor, download everything and move on with your life. I know that may sound really harsh – but the faster you can download all of the carefully planned out resources (that you know that you’ll never use) the faster we can move on to the people who will actually work the systems that we talk about.
Do you think that we just sat around on our time off to dream up more stuff that we can give you? Because I have something (that I paid for) and you need it – does that mean that you shouldn’t pay for it too? Please, stop for a moment and really think about that.
Your mastermind is not a source for FREE LABOR!!! This is by far my biggest and most upsetting point. I’m a Father of Four of the most adorable and wonderful kids in this world. I cherish my time, I guard it very diligently (I’m getting better about it at least) so every moment of my time is monetized. If you want a partition of said time – it will cost you. I have a rate card, if you’d like a copy please email me – as I’d be happy to send it to you. Here’s the thing – I DON’T WORK FOR FREE. Ever! With that said – if you are a part of the Mastermind that I’m a part of, I’m radically and extremely committed to see you succeed! While I don’t work for free – I am here to help you choose what path is best for you and your business. If it means that I spend a few moments passing emails with you – so be it, but don’t expect for me to work for FREE!
I’ll also add here that I don’t do deals with differed payment – unless I have a signed contract, and I don’t do speculation work. Why am I preaching so very hard about this point? It’s not because I’ve been burned (I have), it’s because I have a high regard for the one resource that God gave me that I cannot see a refund on – MY TIME! Time that I’ve spent on free projects have stolen time away from my wife and kids, and I don’t like the way that I feel when that happens.
I know that these cannot be the only things that may or not get you booted from a mastermind group – I don’t want for this to just be a grip session. (Please call no one out in the comments)
Enjoy the Simple Scroll from
Think and Grow Rich