You’ve hear of them before. But really? What is it?
In 2 minutes you’ll know!
You’ve hear of them before. But really? What is it?
In 2 minutes you’ll know!
Guest Post by Adrianna Huff
Disclaimer: I have paid for my own Skillshare membership, and this post is not sponsored by Skillshare. (#NotAnAd)
I call myself a lifelong learner, and when I find a great learning resource (at an affordable price), I have to share it. I’ve heard about Skillshare for a while now in various articles and blog posts over the years, but it wasn’t until our CFO (Chief Focus Officer) Stephanie Angelo from the High Stakes Mastermind Group started presenting Skillshare videos that I picked up a membership and started watching.
Skillshare is an online learning platform where teachers post videos that students can watch. Typically there are also projects that can be completed. What is great about Skillshare, is that anyone with a membership can watch videos that are of interest. Learners do not have to enroll in classes, and there is feedback from instructors. New videos are posted constantly, and as of this blog post there are over 21,000 classes.
There are videos on all topics, from Photography to Productivity, and I found myself being drawn to and watching videos relating to Entrepreneurship, Passive Income, Productivity and Efficiency Measures, and Developing a Great Workplace.
Stephanie currently has two classes live on Skillshare, “How to Make Workplace Accountability Cooler Than Your Competitors Do” and “Mastering Strategic Thinking Skills for Maximum Impact in Your Organization”. I watched both lessons (they were about 45 minutes each), which provided me with good information without leaving me committed for hours.
As a finance person, I found the workplace accountability lesson to be valuable in that Stephanie explained how workplace accountability can hurt companies in both productivity, but also the bottom line. For entrepreneurs especially, workers without accountability can de-rail a really successful company and make the already difficult entrepreneurial journey more challenging.
Additionally, the strategic thinking lesson was a great reminder to me to do two things in my own life and career work: think proactively and spend some time just thinking. I can sometimes get mired into the small details making my life very reactionary. By remembering to actually look at my goals and my entrepreneurial horizon I can develop new opportunities. As well, instead of just jumping (sometimes without thinking) I should take a step back and actually look at the whole picture.
What Stephanie teaches in her videos, is the same way she approaches our High Stakes Mastermind Group meetings. We have accountability from her to meet our goals as well as proactive work to keep our businesses moving forward. I would highly recommend both of her videos and to start taking Skillshare classes.
Have you heard of Skillshare? What are your favorite learning resources?
Stephanie Angelo creates #businessmastermind teams that make more money, blow away the competition and have better businesses as a result. Talk to Stephanie about #HighStakesMastermindGroups either by phone (480) 646-2400 or email at Stephanie@StephanieAngelo.com .
Do you wish to excel as an entrepreneur or a solopreneur? I bet you do, well, in that case, you need to digest every detail of this piece. You must have heard of the popular proverb that says “two heads are better than one.” Well, quiz any successful man or woman who has excelled in one endeavor or the other and he or she will tell you the proverb is very true. Little wonder then, that goal oriented individuals in particular and humans, in general, tend to form or belong to a group of people who are like-minded to help them achieve their goals.
Humans have always possessed a sense of belonging, be it in schools (where students who aim to excel academically form study groups), in offices among colleagues or even in the larger society where we have different social groups such as various dance groups, supporters club of a soccer team, etc.
And there have been several instances where individuals attribute their academic success, business growth or source of happiness to being a part of a group. This, therefore, underlines the fact that, it is very important for every individual to belong to a group. However, it is important to note at this point that, the fact everyone should belong to a group doesn’t mean an individual should join a negative group such as a gang or a cult.
In case you’re wondering what group you should belong to as an entrepreneur or a solopreneur. Then, you should be looking forward to finding and joining a Mastermind Group. This is the point where I expect you to be engrossed with this article to enable you discover more about Mastermind Groups and how they can help your business to grow.
According to Napoleon Hill, author of the timeless self-help book, Think and Grow Rich (1937) “ a Mastermind Group is the coordination of knowledge and effort of two or more people, who work toward a definite purpose, in the spirit of harmony”. In other words, when a set of people (usually from different industries) comes together to form a group with the specific purpose of achieving common goals and success, such groups are known as Mastermind Groups.
With that said, let’s now take a look at the benefits
You are surrounded in a community with people of like minds. They help you in achieving your goals and offering support to you. As the founder of High Stakes Mastermind Groups, I’ve realized I find it particularly exciting to help others achieve their set goals. Support is never in short supply in Mastermind groups in general and in High Stakes Mastermind Groups in particular, as members of the group who you become friends with automatically are there to offer support to you during meetings.
A Mastermind group allows the opportunity to regularly know how others are doing which helps you to remain focused on achieving your goals.
When one member of the group fills the others in on a challenge he/she is experiencing, the other members of the group put heads together to proffer solutions that can help the challenged member over his/her challenge.
The fact that each member of the group specializes in different fields or industries provide you with the opportunity of receiving powerful tips on how to excel as an entrepreneur or solopreneur.
So, if your desire is to have yourself surrounded, encouraged and inspired by great minds or individuals who have succeeded and know what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur in different industries. Then, you should belong to a mastermind group, and there is no better group than High Stakes Mastermind Groups to serve this purpose. For information on how to be a member visit http://www.StephanieAngelo.com/ and you can be sure to have fun growing your business and masterminding.
In his 1937 classic self-improvement book, Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill writes the famous line, “Success and failures are the results of habits.” Whatever your goals, those words are well-worth noting. There’s a reason why the book has sold more than 100 million copies. Think and Grow Rich is about more than business, as Hill’s philosophy about the link between habits and success can be applied to any goal.
So how to you start a good habit? The first step is to surround yourself with people who will encourage to reach for the top. That’s one reason to join a Mastermind group. Belonging to a group where everyone is motivated, will support you and where you can ask for advice or ideas will form the basis for good habits that can lead you to success.
It is written that it takes approximately three weeks to develop a habit and make it stick. Once you join a Mastermind group, give it a fair shot. Participate to the fullest extent. Make contacts, follow up with people and help others. Meet your deadlines. Remember that a late project or a missed deadline can tarnish your reputation as a reliable worker and cost you work.
My personal list of success habits is:
Without question, I can attribute changes and growth in my own business to the day I made a commitment to these seven items on a consistent daily basis.
In my next blog I’ll discuss them further and provide tips.
Are you already at the top? Mastermind Groups can help, in that the groups offer instant contact with your peers who make up some of the smartest, strongest, and best thinkers in their respective industries. By associating with these individuals, you will not only benefit directly by implementing their ideas and suggestions and by learning from their success habits, but indirectly – inspiration from their success will lead you to developing and committing to success habits as well.