We all have people in our lives whom we steer certain convos away from...be they political, religious or Entrepreneurial...or as the old saw goes:
"A man convinced against his will
is of the same opinion still."
As for Mastermind groups, over the years I have come more and more to take the side of Jim Straw, who taught only TWO people can create the third "mind", but I've seen and been in groups of 3 or four. More than four, and I think the energy of the group is dissipated. Strictly anecdotal, as these things must be, but I've found that several smaller Masterminds of just two or 3 people work better than larger groups.
Ideally, just two. Just getting 3 people together these days, even on skype or whatevs, is hard enough. And they should be of a free and open nature, so one person should not assume a leader or guru, or mentor status...but as you say PEERS seeking perspective.
Some of my best Mastermind groups have had only 3 in them; me, myself and I...HA!
OH, those were the groups that had the most disagreement, most arguments and least success too!!!!!!!
Originally Posted by Dien Rice
We are all surrounded by people who don't think "entrepreneurially"... and who, given the chance, are ready to slap all your plans down, with why they "won't work"...
What they mean is that they
probably couldn't make it work! That doesn't mean that you
can't make it work...
Why go back for more and more slaps? Yet... some people do...
(You can still be friends with these people... Just don't talk to them about your entrepreneurial plans if their minds can't accept it...)
So you definitely need entrepreneurially-minded people around you, who you can talk with on the same wavelength...
Having said that, other kinds of "Masterminds" are also useful... Including with the people around you in your life, the people you interact with, and so on...
Once you get on the same "wavelength" you can produce a "Mastermind"-type of connection...
Is there a "mystical" or "psychic" side to forming a "Mastermind?"
Napoleon Hill put it this way...
"No two minds ever come together without, thereby, creating a third, invisible, intangible force which may be likened to a third mind."
We've discussed a lot about Masterminds on this forum over time... You can easily find these discussions by using the "Search" function (which you should see somewhere above this post)...
I remember even once we discussed whether you could have a "psychic" Mastermind, even with people who have long since passed... There could be benefits in even that!
One very successful entrepreneur I know swears on the benefits of writing letters to people that you never send to them... So they'll never even know about it.
Could that form a kind of unusual "psychic" Mastermind?
I'll leave it at that for now... but we may come back to it in future...