Hi, I'm Jonathan. In this page, I will share with you, the secret of the rich and famous. Clue: It's nothing to do with networking, mlm, books, tapes, seminars, ritual chanting or any other nonsense.
Does this mean it is a bad book?
No - It has a lot of good material in it...
Does this mean you are dumb?
No, you are probably pretty smart...
When ever you HAVE to do something – you put more effort into it.
Did you just turn up at your driving lessons half awake or ask to finish early because you didn’t feel up to it?
Did you ever attend only half a training session ?
PROBABLY BECAUSE YOU WANTED TO PASS YOUR DRIVING TEST.
This is because learning without a reason is unfocused, random GUARANTEED TO FAIL..
-How logical it is or how much it “makes sense”
-How much proof they give you,
-How many testimonials they have..
Yes – I know it is a shocking truth and I hate to say this – there really is no “magic bullet.”
Keep reading if you find networking to be just a series of pointless chats and social media to just be full of whizz bangs and empty promises. (There is a school of thought that says "social media" is a cruel trick... And the joke is on you. I will tell you about it when you join a mastermind group).
Books don’t work. . Seminars don’t Work(Even therapy doesn’t work…)IF YOU WANT TO BE successful YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND THIS.
Only a tiny percentage of what is taught in the best seminars is ever put to use.
Most businesses FAIL to make ANY MONEY. Bizarrely though – most people follow the same tired old advice and “marketing.”
People pay hundreds and even thousands go to seminars and buy books that just FAIL to produce results.
People buy books and attend seminars on…
• Getting rich real estate
• Getting rich investing
• Getting rich starting a business or franchise
• Getting rich with your own invention
• Getting rich importing
• Getting rich in MLM
• Getting rich with…(fill in the blank with all the opportunities you have seen)
It makes no difference what the opportunity and the “ethics” of the person presenting is irrelevant. None of it works…
One of the KEY CONCEPTS Napoleon Hill consistently talked about is the mastermind group… The collective harnessing of similar minds to achieve mutual success and business growth. (I will come back to this very shortly).
At weight loss clubs, people are asked awkward questions in a supportive environment.
1. They like to be surrounded by winners, can do people, people who take action. (Of course this is positively encouraged by the group leader – after all – who wants to be associated with a group of failures?).
2. For the ACCOUNTABILITY to the people in 1. (They don’t want to be the guy or gal who has put on weight when everyone else has lost some).
Successes (losing weight) are cheered to the rooftops and failures (putting weight on) are mulled over and picked apart so everyone learns from it.
Just suppose you get seduced into joining your local networking group.
Depending on what you sell, you will get loads of business (if you sell a commodity item such as printing) or you will get none (if you sell a complex item). Either way, you will be entering a world where most businesses fail and so long as everyone is having a good time, the network owner will be quite happy. In short - no one will care if you stop going. All that back slapping is merely skin deep.
Large corporations whip us up into a buying frenzy. In the 21st century - YOU are the product.
The power of groups is all around us, you can easily see how it’s been used for evil, from mass suicides throughout history to Nazi Germany where an entire country succumbed to Hitler’s feel good, “we are the superior race” propaganda.
We can see how normally good people turned into animals in the LA riots in the aftermath of the OJ Simpson trial, or the 2011 London riots.
The power of groups psychology is used against us as marketing weapon to turn us into a nation of rabid consumers, we buy and buy and buy and still we are unsatisfied…
In fact – we are “hard-wired” to be unsatisfied…
Are you happy hopping from one self help manual to the next, from one quick fix to another depending on which seminar you go to.
You see last time I checked - Going to seminars, networking events, reading books and listening to gurus isn't bankable currency.
Once you get into this market - you are in somebody else's sales funnel.
Your life will NEVER be complete - without the latest strategy, technique, tool or tip. Most of which, will be an utter waste of your time and effort.
Effort now masquerades for outcome and accomplishment. People get kudos for what they are going to do.
No one ever got fired for suggesting a training course or going to a networking event.
Most people just don't know what to do. Doing something is better than doing nothing.
This negative influence is what happens when we follow the crowd. If we do what they we always done.. If we were to choose to stay in the safe place of our normal life, that sucks the excitement and love of life right of us.
What are your priorities? Do they include WATCHING other people’s success? Talking about it on social media?
You are being affected by the psychology of the people around you right now. If you pay close attention, you can actually see and hear your brain cells seeping out one at a time.
The people at work, Your family, The news, The music you listen to, TV programs you carelessly and passively pour into your brain..
The group you choose effects the way you think.. It’s why you feel the way you feel, your attitude, your beliefs.
Most people never chose a group, we are born into them.
Having a good time or just following the herd?
The power of group psychology can also be used to take your life to the next level if you take control today.
Now you can use the power of group to get whatever you want, to open your mind to new possibilities, to have the courage to dream bigger dreams, Set your goals higher, have the optimism to expect and get more from life..
Or are you ready to take a leap of offering yourself at the service of others, honestly and truthfully, in return for the same.
(If you had to pay the hourly rate for this advice, you should expect a large invoice incoming every week...)
A business mastermind group is a collection of business owners and individuals who meet up to discuss problems, brainstorm and seek answers to questions and feedback on concepts or ideas in a different way…
Some of the most successful people around today (and in the history of the world) are all members of a business mastermind group.
Even King Solomon – The richest man in the history of the world talked about the wisdom of having “A multitude of counsellors”
(Just so you know - King Solomon is widely regarded to have been the richest man in the history of the world. He was a multi billionaire (at least) when HE LIVED – which was around 950 BC).
Whichever sports team you follow (or even if you follow none). You must appreciate that Liverpool FC fans “get it.”
(The actual quote is “success has many fathers but failure is an orphan).”
(For the football fans amongst you – the “fathers” are from left to right, Kenny Dalglish, Bob Paisley, Bill Shankly, Joe Fagan and Rafael Benítez).
(Note also - we are not talking about "giving away" your expertise for free here. I am talking about the collective sharing of wisdom and knowledge in a private, controlled environment).
Quite often, we are so deep in the wood, we can't see past the next tree. It is much easier to navigate your way through when you have a group of trusted people to ask, rather than random people you may meet.
Forget even trying to sift through the mountain of information that you are subjected to every day. Your mastermind group will be your personal filter on the world.
Instead of trying to do as much as possible, don't under estimate the beautiful simplicity of meeting up for one hour each week to talk marketing with the same people. This is in a private, entry not permitted at any costs group. A private drinking club if you like
What if you could meet the same group of people, once a week, every week with ONE sole objective. To build each other's business.
We aren't talking about the usual - how to stand at a networking event or what to say. We are talking about knocking down your business component by component and rebuilding it piece by piece.
Every week (I insist on 85-90% attendance by the way), you will be required to bring a problem for discussion. This can be general or specific - your choice. But the more open and honest you are, the more insights you will get from your fellow members.
This is not your local networking group which is most likely dominated by a favoured few. At a mastermind, Everyone gets to ask and answer questions. (There are a series of training videos once you are accepted into a group). My experience shows that you can ask a serious or a whimsical question, but the real magic happens when you ask a question that STUNS your fellow group members. Bring your best questions and problems because they will get the best answers. Expect the rest of the group to provide answers, feedback, maybe even challenge you.
Every week, mastermind members get an invitation to a private meeting. In the meeting, each member will be allowed to ask a question. You can ask anything you like - it is better if this ties in with the aims and objectives of your business. The meeting is virtual - meaning no travel costs.
READ THIS CAREFULLY.
There is NO MAGIC PILL
By consistently working ON your business – the marketing strategy and tactics -rather than IN your business (following the latest bright shiny objects) you will get aha moment after aha moment.
All that we ask is that you attend with an open mind and discuss (in strict confidence naturally) openly the problems you are facing and provide feedback to others honestly and truthfully.
On a practical level, we meet for one hour - online - same time every week. HOWEVER, you will probably need to block out more time. You will need time to contemplate the breakthroughs you are going to be making. (By the way - no checking email or otherwise, goofing around online. Your new mastermind members will insist on 100% concentration for the entire meeting.
Be sure you are ready for this commitment.
Once you fill in this form, you will be taken to an order form for your 1st months deposit.
Your first month is £100 (you will need a couple of weeks to get up to speed).
The mastermind costs £137 per month per member.
I GUARANTEE that I will make a professional group available for you. I GUARANTEE a group with people that will stretch you intellectually as well as professionally. If you have ANY problems with your group, I guarantee a direct one -to-one call with me to discuss your concerns.
You will hear my voice every week on your mastermind call.
When not hosting mastermind calls or developing training and ideas for business owners who like to thing differently, you will usually find me either swimming, riding my bike or running. As a two time Ironman triathlon finisher, I spend a lot of the time down the pool, road and track to contemplate how to make your meetings better. I am also a multiple management author.
You should know that the mastermind is a REAL COMMITMENT. If you are looking for something you can drop into when you get a spare hour - please look somewhere else.
You group will hammer relentlessly on your business. You can ask us anything and we will give you an answer. (You will quickly learn to get the maximum results from the skills around the virtual table which is your mastermind group).
However, only ask things that you are comfortable asking. We aren't here to embarrass you. To quote a phrase "We aren't here to make you look dumb, we have done all the dumb things you can possibly imagine..."
Well it's secret in that I won't be advertising your membership to anyone. (It is confidential). You can talk about it all you want. There is no requirement to do anything you are uncomfortable with. Certainly no ritual chanting, rolling up your trouser legs
I have used the example of small business networking as the mainstream way people use to build their business. There are others of course, but here are the pros and cons of business networking vs the mastermind. (Remember that your mastermind group will actually help you construct your elevator pitch, design your business cards etc etc).
Listen, I don't know you, your business or your skill level so it would be silly to promise or guarantee anything. All I can do is guarantee you my 100% undivided attention and that of the rest of the group to help you build your business.
P.S.:: Remember that I need to keep standards HIGH. (Otherwise people will lose interest). The number of groups I host every week is limited.
Your weekly mastermind will be held using gotomeeting. This means that we can share screens and see each other without the usual travel hassles.
You can bring a question to the meeting - which could be general or specific. Every few weeks, we will have a "deep dive" session where a member brings a specific problem for further details analysis and discussion.
There is no requirement to do an administration. This is not your local networking group or boy scouts committee.
Any paperwork and admin that is required will be done by your group intermediary. There is no requirement to take turns at being secretary or whatever. It is your responsibility to prepare anything that you want the group to see, a mock up of a website for example.
You will be placed in a mastermind group with people with a similar business level to you. This is based on business experience and skill levels, aspirations, personal circumstances etc. This people could be anywhere in the world. Meetings will be held during conventional business hours for your time zone. (There is no requirement to stay up all night...) If you find yourself "outgrowing" a group - we can move you up or down as required.
Firstly, if you are unable to attend a meeting. (Emergencies do happen) then it is just good manners to let your group intermediary know.
In these cases, no refund is granted and no replacements or reserves can be sent. This is to maintain consistency and high standards.
The tighter the group cohesion, the more we can work on building your business.
No, no recording is taken and none is permitted. Make as many private (written) notes as you want though.
So that Chatham house rules can be applied, all members must be able to speak freely. If you aren't familiar with Chatham house, it means you are free to have 100 bad ideas and one astounding one without fear of being ridiculed afterwards.
No, but remember that there is no such thing as a magic pill. Most people will see dramatic improvements in their business in 6-12 months.
Remember also that you still need to do the work.
Sitting around talking about it is fine but the old adage "work works" applies here.