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Master Mind: A Must for Personal/Professional Development

Who are you surrounding yourself with these days? What books are you reading? Charlie “Tremendous” Jones would argue the answers to these questions will determine the difference between who you are today and who you will be five years from now.

Earlier this year, two business associates/friends and I began creating a Master Mind group to help us continue our conversations with added purpose. That purpose was to learn from each other, help each other succeed and enhance our personal/professional/leadership development. We have since expanded our group to include a small number of people with different strengths and experiences. Every month we take turns leading the group and meet on the last Monday for lunch.

I spent two hours today with four members of my Master Mind group and walked away excited, re-energized and relieved. Here’s why I used these three words:

Excited = For the success and upcoming opportunities that lie ahead for my friends and trusted advisors in our group. I am constantly impressed by the talent, knowledge, experience and vision possessed by the business people in this Master Mind. These people are running successful businesses, expanding into international markets, and launching a whole host of other interesting and challenging projects.

Re-energized = I haven’t written a new blog since February of this year, but was inspired to get back on track with my posts. It seemed like a sign when one of the group members unknowingly referenced my last blog post when providing me with an analogy for my current leadership concern. He asked me, “Do you lift weights?” “Yes,” I responded. He then began to explain how leadership and professional growth are like lifting weights and I began to smile and chuckle. I stopped to explain my response and told him my last post was written about a similar lesson I learned. I then vowed to the group to return to my Web site and submit a new post on the topic. Stay tuned for more.

Relieved = I felt so much better being able to discuss what was on my mind with a trusted group of advisors. I believe you need many different people in your life to talk to about different things. There are topics I only discuss with my wife, then there are topics I discuss mainly with close friends, and yet others I focus on only when I’m with my work peers. My Master Mind group allows me to discuss topics in confidence about my career and bounce ideas off of them in a safe environment. Today I felt relieved to share a few career challenges/opportunities and receive open and honest feedback. I also felt relieved to know there are others going through challenges that make mine seem small and very manageable. Sometimes a bigger or different perspective is all you need to feel at peace and ready to take on the world.

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