There are certain phases of your business when you need certain resources and support. There’s not a one-size-fits-all, freakin’ miracle business tool for all entrepreneurs (except for maybe caffeine).
Mastermind Groups can be a game-changer, but only if it’s the righty-o time for you and your business.
So when is the best time to join a Mastermind Group?
START THE CLOCK: YOU’RE FULL-TIME
The first indication that you’re ready for a Mastermind Group is when you go full-time in your business. When you make that badass shift from side-hustler to full-time CEO, you absolutely need the support and accountability of a group of peers in a Mastermind.
The stakes all of a sudden become even higher (I mean, you have to make this work so that nobody goes hungry) and you need all-hands-on-deck help to make it happen.
Joining a Mastermind Group before you’re full-time in your business is a classic rookie move. Don’t do that.
Instead, focusing on to laying the basic foundations for your business and learn, learn, learn as much as you possibly can from books, courses, mentors, and coaches.
Here’s the other thing: “Masterminds” full of newer business owners miss the entire point of Masterminding which is sharing first-hand experiences and hard-won lessons with each other. When you’re new, you can’t share those experiences because you simply haven’t had them yet. Newbie groups often end up being a gang of well-meaning folk regurgitating what they’ve heard in online courses or read in books. Second-hand information ain’t good for nobody.
FEELING STUCK AF?
Ever feel like you get jammed up because you just don’t know which route to take?
How about not being able to leap forward on something because you have zero confidence that it’s the right move?
No one person has all the answers, friend. It’s easy to get paralyzed when we just don’t know which way to go.
The good news is that most times we simply need to talk it out with some other smart people and **POOF** there’s the clarity and the confidence to move forward like a boss.
If you find yourself getting stuck and aren’t quite sure how to move forward, it’s time to surround yourself with a Mastermind Group who are there for you 24×7 to help clear the way and give you confidence that you’re slaying the right dragon.
When you’re so sick and tired of trying to figure everything out by yourself, it’s time.
You can get shit done on your own for sure. And you could continue to grind it out by yourself with loads of willpower and gumption (and cussing) in the four isolating walls of your home office. It’s hours of research. Questioning yourself. Wondering if this next thing is going to work.
Why continue to spend crazy amounts of time, energy and wasted moolah trying to reinvent the wheel when someone has already figured it out? When someone has already been there and done that?
Instead of experimenting and tormenting yourself through those loooooooong learning curves and losing money along the way, why not take what others have learned and applied it to your business?
There comes a time in most people’s businesses when they’re at that tipping point of taking a massive vault to the next level OR continuing to operate as-is.
Neither is better than the other. It just depends on what’s best for YOU.
There’s an old saying that says: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
If you have the burning desire to leap to the next level, you can’t go it alone. You must surround yourself with people who will help you. You’ll go much further being in a crew of awesome, like-minded CEOs who are doing amazing shit in the world.
A proper Mastermind can help you achieve those next-level, audacious goals. And as those relationships deepen over time, their value compounds as each person is willing to do anything to help the other. Stuff like sharing insider biz knowledge, publicly supporting each other, making introductions to other people in their network, being a confidant of secrets, and even giving emotional support.
BRING ON THE F-U-N
Does your business feel like belly laughs with good friends? Or like going to the DMV?
If it’s the latter, it might be time to put yourself in a Mastermind Group that’s filled with people who inspire you – and make you laugh.
There are some really shitty parts of running a business. But you don’t have to get stuck in the muck. Having people who totally get it and get you makes it all a lot more fun.
It’s a lot more enjoyable to talk about the ins and outs and ups and downs of business with people that you actually like and respect.
Mastermind Groups are not right for everyone. Your business needs to be in the right phase for you to get the most out of it. The above criteria will help you to figure out if it’s right or wrong for where you’re at right now.
When it’s wrong, it’s wrong.
And when it’s right? Well, it’s pretty damn awesome.