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?


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