Earlier this year, I decided on ONE priority for my business in 2019, but I needed help refining my idea, and I knew I especially needed accountability. So I reached out to Rebekah (Virginia Dare Dress Company) and Jen (Tonic Site Shop) and they were 100% on board for a creative business getaway. We unofficially called it the “RJR Mastermind Retreat” (Rebekah, Jen, Rebecca). For this weekend, we each had a very specific challenge or issue that we presented to the group. We had a dedicated collective brainstorming session for each business. As a result, we walked away super inspired and pumped for both our individual businesses and the group’s collective businesses. We left with honed down goals for 2019, along with shorter term goals to accomplish within the next 3 months. We’ll be getting together again in 3 months, to update the group with our progress, reevaluate, brainstorm, critique, etc.
The weekend was incredibly inspiring and we walked away members of our new unofficially official Mastermind Group.
I first heard of the idea of a Mastermind Group several years ago when my friends at Sweet Root Village casually mentioned their group. I learned more about Mastermind Groups in 2017 from my friends William and Susan Brinson, and my interest was really piqued last year when Beth Kirby joined Jenna Kutcher’s Mastermind.
A Mastermind Group is a group of business owners who regularly meet together to sharpen, critique, build up, and encourage each other as business owners. This model works specifically well with creative entrepreneurs. Creative entrepreneurs are, at times, sole proprietors, and tend to need accountability and others’ opinions.
In my opinion, there are a couple key components of a Mastermind Group that help to differentiate them from other support groups. Mastermind Groups need to: meet regularly, use the collective brainpower, push each other to produce the best possible work, and be committed to the group.
Hope you found this information useful! I’ll be posting more about Mastermind Groups in the next few weeks. Specifically, I’ll talk about How to Start A Mastermind Group, and How to Host A Mastermind Retreat. Let me know if you have any questions I can answer!
P.S. We rented an Airbnb in Waterford, VA for our first Mastermind Retreat. The stunning images in this post are from our stay. You can find the listing here.
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