“A mastermind alliance involves two or more people who work in perfect harmony for the attainment of a definite purpose.”
- Napoleon Hill, Author of “Think and Grow Rich” (1937)
Mastermind groups were born out of the belief that two minds are better than one. While surgeons are trained to learn and make decisions on their own, highly successful people have often discovered the benefits of such groups at various points in their career.
When you collaborate, brainstorm, and share with like-minded yet diverse individuals, you uncover new ideas and perspectives. Regular meetings of the Mastermind fuel your success, hold you accountable, and ensure that you continue to progress.
Most surgeons have never heard of a Mastermind group or alliance. Toastmasters clubs are examples of a Mastermind as they operate for the purpose of helping members improve their communication, public speaking and leadership skills.
Over the last few years researching and developing my educational platform on The 8 PRACTICEs of Highly Successful Surgeons, I have discovered Mastermind’s long track record of success.
As surgeons, we trained to be able to go it alone and still be able to survive and be successful in the operating room and taking care of our patients. However, being a part of a Mastermind group is essential for one to achieve even greater success in our life and career. Here’s why:
1. Support, Guidance, and Encouragement
A Mastermind group is like having your own Board of Directors. Your group prioritizes your success and encourages optimal performance. When you’re doing well, they offer suggestions on how you can maintain that excellence. When you’re going through a challenging time, they lend their expertise and experience to guide you through.
2. Camaraderie and Connection
You get emotional support from people who understand who you are, where you’re coming from, and what you’re trying to achieve. These connections fuel your success and inspire you to achieve your potential.
You’re more likely to be successful if you have a peer group holding you accountable. When you commit to a Mastermind group, you are expected to follow through on your end of the deal, just as you expect others to follow through on theirs.
4. Ongoing Leadership Training
Collaborating with other leaders on a regular basis will teach you immeasurable lessons. You’ll build leadership skills and gain first-hand knowledge specifically directed to surgeons that you are unlikely to learn anywhere else.
Participating in a Mastermind will open up doors you wouldn’t have encountered otherwise. Members have contacts or references that you would not have likely heard about except for this new group of colleagues.
6. Accelerated Success
If you’re in a Mastermind of your peers, you’ll learn from their successes and hard lessons. If you’re in a Mastermind with individuals who are ahead of you in their careers, you’ll follow their lead and avoid their mistakes. Either way, you’ll achieve success much more quickly than if you were to go it alone.
7. Complex Problem Solving
Mastermind groups seek solutions to complex issues. If you need a fresh idea, an imaginative strategy, or an innovative solution, your Mastermind group is sure to be of assistance.
Synergy is the working together of two or people, when the result is greater than the sum of their individual capabilities. Masterminds are powerful because there is strength in numbers. When each member brings their own diverse skills, experience, and knowledge to the group, incredible things happen.
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