I try really hard to practice what I preach. Walk the talk. Do as I say. Insert cliche of your liking. So when I give people advice, I try and take it myself. This week I took some time to work on my business so that I can do a better job for my clients. I made the time because it is important.
A few weeks ago, I saw Peter Shankman’s post on Facebook about a Mastermind group. I knew right away in my gut that this was for me. I knew that it was not so much about getting advice from a business guru like Peter, but it was about the quality of people who he could attract. And I was right.
I spent the bulk of my Tuesday interacting at a table with eight other business owners (and on breaks with 20 more). We each had 21 minutes to tell our story and ask for help on specific issues. We took notes using a Google Doc so we have a takeaway of all of the rich advice that was offered. I shared my perspective. I had ideas. I made friends. I made introductions. I listened. I learned. I walked away with three actionable items for my business.
I have already connected with several people who I met to continue the conversation. I met one woman who will hold me accountable and I will do the same for her. Notice the use of the word I? I did this for me, as a business owner. I did it to make me a better owner, boss, manager, service provider and dare I say, person. A mastermind group might not be the best fit for everyone, but I highly recommend taking some time to reflect, learn and improve. Do it once a year if you can’t do it everyday.
Thanks to Peter Shankman for having the reach to connect me with such an amazing group of peers. I am grateful.