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Why to Join a Mastermind (And How to Start Your Own)

It’s tough enough for entrepreneurs to carry the psychological weight of being the key decision-maker in their business, but things are further complicated if you also happen to be a new parent. Now you’re under immense pressure to make good choices when you are functioning at less than 100%. How do you exercise the best possible judgement when you are sleep-deprived, and a tiny human is making regular demands on your time and attention?

There is a lot of cultural pressure to figure it all out on your own, but here’s the secret: You don’t have to. You can build communities of people around you and support each other in the decision-making process. You can connect with other new parents and entrepreneurs and puzzle it out together by way of a mastermind group.

Today, I’m sharing the working definition of a mastermind, its basic structure, and the myriad of benefits such groups can provide. In addition, I discuss the pros and cons of starting your own versus investing in a paid group. Listen in as I walk you thought the step-by-step process of launching a mastermind and learn the inestimable value of a community dedicated to mutual growth and improvement.

The Startup Pregnant Podcast Episode #060

Some quotes from the episode

  • “A mastermind is a group of people that come together regularly, and they’re dedicated to mutual growth and improvement.”
  • “A mastermind provides space to unlock puzzles, to dig into challenges, to figure stuff out alongside other people.”
  • “You’re each coming together for your individual success but relying on the brain of the group to help figure it out.”
  • “What’s important is that you have a shared vision or common ground with the other members.”
  • “For me, one of the biggest un-learnings of the past decade has been this idea that I’m supposed to figure it out on my own.”
  • “We constantly undervalue the importance of community and community effort in our success, and it’s something … that hits women the hardest. We’re somehow supposed to do this all alone, and the path of both parenting and entrepreneurship most decidedly cannot be done alone.”
  • “Your mastermind will serve a purpose. Get clear on what it is: Are you there to help people grow and develop and shape each other? Do you want to hold people accountable? Do you want a space to provide smart feedback?”
  • “Your time and energy might actually be better spent paying someone else to do the organizing for you, provided they have the things that you want: the connections to the people, the network, the leadership, the facilitation.”
  • “I cannot overemphasize the importance of building communities around you, especially before you need them.”

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The Wise Women's Council is now open for applications.

This is a nine-month long community program for women navigating big work across both parenting and entrepreneurship. Early bird discounts are available for those who apply before February 15th, 2019.  Learn more about the program here.