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Are Mission Statements Dead?

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Why You Need Your Own Fan Club (Mastermind)

Being alone sucks. Don’t believe me? Try being on a desert island with only a volley ball for company

Community, relationships, bring success to a life, if you surround yourself with the right people.

I believe the idea of a mastermind group originated from Napoleon Hill, who defines a mastermind as

“Consists of two or more people that work in perfect harmony for the attainment of a definite purpose.” Napoleon Hill

In June of 2013, I started a mastermind group. I’m a part of the 48 Days Community. It’s an amazing place to interact with other entrepreneurs and dreams. There’s a Mastermind Group within the community. There were over 150 members in this group. Dozens had asked in the comment section if there were any mastermind groups that were local. All of which received no replies.
I quickly joined and asked who would be interested in an online mastermind.

What do you get:

1) Allows you to vocalize your fears

2) Establishes accountability

3) Creates new possibilities

4) Provides a fresh look
Your perspective it different from everyone elses in the world. You have a unique background with an endless amount of connections and ideas. Get in a group with others, and the ideas start to multiple.

5) Imparts constructive criticism
Your ideas rocks! But even Winston Churchill needed feedback on his ideas.

Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things. – Winston Churchill

My mastermind group has brought attention to areas of my platform that need attention. They’ve criticized the way I perform my interviews. They have improved my performance.

6) Builds your confidence


The Value of a “Thank You”

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” -Voltaire

A simple “Thank you” is great. A “Thank you” and detailed explanation is awesome. A Thank You Note is the sign of a leader.

Thank you notes are items I carry for years, if they’re heart felt. I still have a note from a college student who I “career coached” (if you could call it that). What she said was so great that it made my heart leap.

Honestly, when I’m down, depressed about my job or whatever’s bothering me, I open some thank you’s. They turn me into a productive machine. They remind me that I provide value to others. They remind me of who I really am, an achiever.

Appreciation creates passion
Have you meet a successful artist with the scowl of a telemarketer? Have you sat down with a

These people are appreciated. When you receive a heart-felt thank you, what do you feel? Excited, valued, loved, like a rock star? I feel passionate. I feel like this is what I was meant to do.

A “Thank You” can change your career
My friend Russell had an internship with a hospital for a few months. He worked hard because he knew there would be an open position available after his graduation. Yet, during his entire successful internship, no one suggested he apply for the position.

He worked even harder to impress. But still no one recommendation.

Near the end of the rotation, I suggested he write a Thank You note to everyone who helped him or that he knew. He wrote 83 notes! He hand-delivering each note. Two days after which, the manager asked to see him and offer him the position!

How to Make Appreciation Apart of Your Daily Routine
It’s quite simple. Plan to appreciate.

Every day, I find something new to compliment my wife and daughter on. I don’t do this because it’s natural. I do this because I’m intentionally building a habit. Plus, my wife loves it. Izzie is too young to understand just yet 🙂

I aim to compliment or show appreciate for 3 people daily at work.

Compliment in Front of Others
This takes appreciation to a whole new level. Being complimented in front of a group is like my high. Receiving claps after a lecture rocks my world.

Next time you compliment, make sure the person is in front of her peers. Deliver it with gusto.

This is how a culture of appreciation is born.

The Dangers of Building the Appreciate Habit
Unless you are sincere, people will see right through you. And you’ll be worse off than when you started.

Don’t you dare give a compliment unless you absolutely mean it.

Make it simple with an explanation.

“Hey Dorothy, thank you for participating in the meeting today. I really appreciate when members contribute to the discussion because I’m not an expert and I need your creative ideas!”

How do you deliver appreciation? What can you start today towards appreciating others? 

Money is a part-time motivator and a full-time distraction. He reminds me everyday that he is number one priority. He reminds me of his benefits, how he promises to expand my ideas and bring even more success. He reminds me that he is the bottom line.

I listened to Gary Vander Chuk today and he spoke about the value you add equals how much money you should be paid. My commute was silent this morning as I thought, “How can I provide amazing value?”

The Power of thinking ahead

I hate flies. So stinking much.

My wife recently bought a electric fly swatter. I was skeptical first, but it’s my new passion to fry the little suckers. (When you hit a bug, there’s a loud *ZAP* and the bug can catch fire 😀

I fried one today. I opened the back door to throw out the fly. As I returned another flew into my house.

Stop. if only for a moment. breath in, out and think

Is there a possibility of this happening again?

Give More Than Expected

Jeff Goins recently challenged me (not personally) to write down my worldview.

Believe in a worldview

How to Give More Than Expected

Determine the goal

Create ways to Impress

You may be over-delivering because it’s not your passion


What is your worldview? How do you deliver more than expected?

Confessions of an Adult : I Can’t Change You

Video blog: Recording on phone

Premise: My confession to Megan. I’ve been trying to change her but haven’t been successful.

Wisdom Meets Passion: pg 14 and 15
God isn’t going to ask why weren’t you more like Mother Teresa? or Martin Luther King Jr.? He may ask, why were you more like you? 62

Question: How do you try to change people? How successful are you? How do you fight the urge to change others? (looking for suggestions)

Happen to Your Career with Scott Anthony Barlow : DOJO 034

In this episode, I interview Scott Anthony Barlow of Happen To Your Career. I was so pumped to have Scott on the show because we have been friends for a while now and I love the growth that I have seen in him.

What would you tell your younger self?

You need to have more patience. I was so focused on the next step without knowing WHY

What do you think the Scott of 10 years from now wants to tell you?

Don’t lose focus on why

Other questions Scott and I address:

  • What steps should someone do to happen to his/her career
  • How to build expectations for your job
  • How to help your boss help you
  • How to transition into your DREAM career

Item’s Mentioned

  • Get a Raise Guide – Scott Anthony Barlow

  • Crack the Code – Farnoosh Brock

  • Happen To Your Career – One Stop


Leave a  review on iTunes! Pretty Please!


Our Path to Greatness is Paved with Others

“You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.” -Zig Ziglar

The Eagle and Child is a famous pub in England that held the meetings of the Inklings.
Who were the Inklings?
Just some of the greatest literary minds that the city of Oxford had to offer. C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, and Owen Barfield meet on Thursday or Friday nights to discuss their writings.

This wasn’t your typical bar night. The Inklings meet weekly to critic one another’s work during the meeting. Lewis said this group enjoyed “the cut and parry of prolonged, fierce, masculine argument.” He later said the criticism of the group was a reason for the success of The Chronicles of Narnia.

“We meet…theoretically to talk about literature, but in fact nearly always to talk about something better. What I owe to them all is incalculable.”

Without the Inklings, the world may never have known The Hobbit, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of the Rings, Screwtape Letters…

The Inklings is a type of a mastermind. Napoleon Hill, who coined the term in The Law of Success, defines a mastermind as “a mind that is developed through the harmonious co-operation of two or more people who ally themselves for the purpose of accomplishing any given task.”

The Inklings met with the joint purpose of improving each other’s writings.
They accomplished their goals. All members went on to publish books. Lewis and Tolkien’s legacy left behind an impact not only on England, but all over the world.

Pave your path to a legacy with others. Create your own mastermind to achieve your dreams.

1) It’s difficult to think outside your box
2) You need your own fan club to begin your legacy
3) You need someone to tell you the truth
4) Accountability increases the odds of achieving goals
5) Give more than expected and the return will pay itself over many times

What is a mastermind?
Like Lewis and Tolkien’s group, a mastermind is a regular meeting for one soul purpose : the enhancement of each member’s life. You and like-minded individuals meet to discuss each other’s work, family, exercise routine, challenges, and everything else.

Benefits of journeying together
1) Surround yourself with individuals you believe in your dream
Drew recently invited me to his mastermind and I am honored. Why? Because I know his group has members who have big dreams, and now I get to help those dreams come alive.

2) Boost in happiness, income, and health
Here are some profit benefits members have experienced after starting my first mastermind

  • Started a membership site
  • Created a new service for an online business
  • Developed new ideas for marketing
  • One member receives $187/month by starting a new mastermind

Money is great. However, the benefits of new relationships are incalculable. Our Monday night meeting is an event I can’t wait for!

3) Provides accountability
Each member sets goals each week. One goal I had was to contact 2 leaders every day for an interview on my podcast, The Leadership Dojo.
I doubt I would accomplish that goal without my mastermind.

4) New passion is found
Two members of my first mastermind group transformed. They had a dream but didn’t know how to accomplish it before our group started. Now, they are men of action. I am privileged to be a part of their journey.

How do you start a group of greatness?
Do what you’re doing now. Read inspiring blogs and follow leaders. Join their community and be active in the conversation. And finally,


I asked each member of my first mastermind to join. I received many No’s. I didn’t let it stop me. After asking 20 individuals and interviewing many, I found the group of seven I was looking for.

One recent goal from my mastermind is to create an ebook on how to create your own mastermind in 30 days. Check out my website if you’re interested. It will be up very soon

How have others contributed to your path? Do you want to start a mastermind and why? Masterminders, what benefits have you seen with your group?