blog-mastermindI’m hoping the answer is yes and I’ll bet the answer is no. Too often I see entrepreneurs hang out on their own wondering if they’re doing it right.The best way for you to figure this out is to either form or join a mastermind group. Here’s why:

No one in your business tells you the truth.

I know, your business is different. All of your employees, advisors and suppliers always tell you the truth. If you believe that, I have a bridge I want to sell you.The fact is no one tells you the truth. Your employees are scared of being fired. Your advisors know that if they disagree with you, you’ll fire them. Your suppliers don’t know enough about your business to really help. And everyone else just doesn’t care enough.

If you don’t find a group of people who will tell you the truth, there’s a good chance you’re going to miss things that are really important. The best way I’ve found to get unvarnished opinions that I need to hear is by joining a mastermind group.

Your peers can help you think about how to solve problems.

You might think your problems are unique and once in a blue moon you would correct. At the same time most problems you’re facing are the exact same problems other business owners are either facing or have dealt with.

I know business owners I deal with love talking to each other. It’s the best way to find out what best practices are and if you put ten business owners in a room almost always one of the owners have dealt with the same issues as you.

Instead of trying to fix your problems through trial and error wouldn’t it make more sense to learn from the mistakes that someone else made. It’ll save you lots of time and money.

You won’t feel like you’re trying to do everything on your own.

When your part of a mastermind group you’ll find that you don’t feel like you’re on your own. You might even find that having others who are going through the same things as you is reassuring.

I know that when I’ve been involved with masterminds I’ve spent much less time trying to figure things out. I’m happy to use the experience of others and see how I can apply it to my situation.

I’ll bet the same would be true for you.

You’ll find resources you never knew existed.

I’m continually amazed at how many great people and services there are in the world. I’ve gotten unbelievable ideas from other business owners that have saved me tons of money and time. Instead of trying to figure it all out on your own I want you to use the brains of others.

I’m hoping you find that idea attractive. When you pick other business owners brains they’ll help you think about problems and opportunities you’re facing. When you listen to their stories you will get a chance to see how you could apply the lessons others in your group have faced.

Doesn’t that sound like a lot more fun than trying to figure it out on your own?

You’ll have fun and make new friends

When you join a mastermind group it’s almost a slam-dunk that you’re going to have fun. If you’re in your own business it’s because you’ve decided to be different. Hanging out with other people who think the same way you do is a refreshing thing…..especially since the rest of the world loves to tell you how weird, different or off base you are.

Some of my best friends are people I spent time in mastermind groups with. Doesn’t the idea of picking up some new lifelong friends sound like something you can wrap your arms around?

You’ll have a business you like much better.

When you join a mastermind group one of the main reasons needs to be because it’ll make your business better. The mastermind is going to focus on your business. Conversations will bleed over into your personal life but it’s really about making your business better.

If that’s your goal then you owe yourself a favor. Join a mastermind group. You’ll be glad you did.

If you’ve had experience in a mastermind, leave a comment below and let me know what your experience was.

I’m hoping that you’re interested in learning more about mastermind groups. At Ask Josh Patrick we have groups that we’re forming that will be moderated by me. If you’re interested in learning more, click the button below to set a time to have a short conversation. You’ll learn whether our masterminds are right for you.

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