I constantly see images and hear things from other successful business owners about Masterminding, and why I should be doing it. In fact, this morning I was listening to Michael Stelzner’s podcast, and he and his guest, Jeff Korhan, were talking about the importance of small business owners taking the time to co-operate and collaborate with other small business owners.
When you’re a one man show 90% of the time like me (okay…maybe you have a virtual team member or two), it’s hard to really strategize and set goals because…well…there’s only you. Gone are the days when you can meet up with your team of co-workers to sit down and hash ideas out…I bet your office doesn’t look like this anymore:
And, so many other things come up, right? You just don’t have time, right? And when it’s just you, it’s easier to not hold yourself as accountable as you do when you know there will be someone else checking up on you. Sound familiar? I know it does for me.
But the more I’ve been thinking about it, the more I see that this is something I need to make time to do. Why? Here’s 3 reasons:
- I plan and think through things best when I talk through them….to do that I need more than myself.
- ACCOUNTABILITY!! I think we all make things a priority when there is someone else in the mix…we just don’t want to let them down.
- Fresh ideas…plain and simple. A fresh set of eyes could be exactly what you need to get out of a rut, bring together a great new campaign/product, or solve a customer problem you’ve been having.
As you can see, the process of collaboration has some very obvious, simple benefits (for me anyway), and I’ll be making it a big part of my business planning and strategizing in 2015.
(Now I’ve just got to find places to meet fellow masterminders…any tips?)
So….do you Mastermind? Why? Why not? If you do, what benefits have you seen? Let us know in the comments!