Naked and Unafraid- The Benefits of Being Vulnerable in Your Mastermind Group

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You are thinking of joining, a High-Stakes Mastermind Group for several reasons. Maybe you’re a business owner who wants to bounce ideas off of other professionals. Perhaps you want to be able to associate with others who experience the same professional, personal and social challenges and sacrifices that you do in your field. Or maybe you are looking to build your personal network of support and confidants.  Whatever your reason, you should do one thing once you’ve joined the group. You should be completely honest and allow yourself to be vulnerable.

Why would you want to show your true self, with all of your challenges and weaknesses to other people? Won’t they stop respecting you so much? The answer is no. You want to be completely honest and vulnerable with your fellow members, and especially your Mastermind group facilitator, because that is the only way that they can help you diagnose any issues and help you improve to become the very best person and professional that you can be. This is the safe place to be emotionally naked.

Think about it – if they don’t know what the problem is, how can they give the advice that you’ve joined the group for?

Remember each member is in the same position.  You may feel like they’re holding your emotional cards – but you’re holding theirs as well.

In the blog by William Butler, The Benefits of Being Vulnerable he writes:

Risking vulnerability allows you to be, or have:

  • deeper degree of honesty
  • greater degree of transparency
  • higher level of understanding
  • deeper relationships
  • honestly yourself
  • less defensive
  • less lonely than that of isolation
  • more accountable
  • more courageous
  • more sensitive and tenderhearted
  • truly human


There’s something extremely freeing about being vulnerable and releasing the weight of your most stressful business decisions, confusing questions, and untried ideas. It humanizes all of us to let down our guards and be…well, human.

What may look like the weakest form of humanness is actually what takes the most strength – vulnerability.

In her TED Talk Brené Brown said, “Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.”

Your time is precious. Clearly, you’ve joined a Mastermind group to get something out of it. Get the most out of it by allowing yourself to be vulnerable – emotionally naked and unafraid. That’s how you can help others to help you.



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10 Major Differences Between Successful and Unsuccessful People – passing this on to you

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I came across this great little article with tidy little tidbits of what makes for people successful while other not.  It was shared with me and I want to share it with you.  That’s what Masterminding is isn’t it?  A little Vitamin HSMmG for your day!

10 Major Differences Between Successful and Unsuccessful People

By Mike Nudelman, Jacquelyn Smith and Shana Lebowitz


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9 Indispensable Compounds in Vitamin HSMmG™

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Vitamin High Stakes Mastermind Group

#6 Feb. 3, 2016 by Stephanie Angelo, Chief Focus Officer

“Humans need enough food to live and the right assortment of foods for optimal health. In the best of all worlds, the need for food is combined with the condition food security.” (Nutrition Now, Judith E. Brown 1995)

The book goes on to say that people with food security have access at all times to a sufficient supply of safe nutritious food and they’re able to acquire foods in socially acceptable ways. For example, without having to scavenge, or steal for their food.

Most of us know that you have to have a nutritionally balanced diet to be health. In other words if you ate the same exact thing every day it might be nutritious food, on its own, but if it’s all you ever eat eventually you will be malnourished. You need a good balanced diet rich in a variety of vitamins to thrive and be healthy. 

Now why am I talking to you about vitamins when this is a Mastermind blog?  That’s when Vitamin HSMmG™ becomes so vitally important. Vitamin HSMmG, or High Stakes Mastermind™ Group is a vitamin that you need to make your business nutritionally sound; to thrive and survive and be healthy.  In the mastermind I’ve started our commitment to you is that you’ll gain:

  1. Increased confidence
    There is something magical that develops in people when they become part of a community. It an intrinsic need of human beings plucked right from the Esteem level of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.
  1. A sense of community
    See the above paragraph.  At High Stakes Mastermind™ the sense of community is the theme we’re based on – and ensuring every member masters their goals.
  1. Problem-solving sessions
    Most people are so self-conscious about struggles with business decisions, directions choices, admitting mistakes, or testing new ideas, that they close up and don’t reach out.  Having a group of confidants designed to help you through all of that is a time and stress saver of invaluable proportions.
  1. Goal achievement curriculum
    We’re partnered with Les Taylor’s Outperformers International to bring our members an optional added curriculum to accelerate their success.  This is in addition to the HSMmG system.
  1. Solutions and ideas from brainstorming
    Two really cool things have been observed: 1) really great ideas and solutions are offered by group members; something the person deliberating over an issue never     thought of or knew about, and 2) Socratic questioning has an amazing ability to create “light-bulb” and “ah ha” moments and members suddenly realize they know what to do and how to do it!
  2. An instant and valuable support network
    The very culture fostered in these groups is one of support and positivity.  No one will ever embarrass another person for their mistakes, or for having a bad day.
  1. A trusted network of others who “have your back”
    When one of us succeeds we all succeed.  It doesn’t get any better than that. We aren’t “fair-whether friends”.  I won’t allow it.
  1. Insights from the experience and skills of others
    Since our members are closely vetted for mastermind intellect, skill-set, experience and commitment, in the first place, they are equally surrounded by others with the same high standards but from diverse industries and background.  The refreshing input gleaned from that is powerful.
  2. Accountability and real progress in your business
    There’s an old saying that ‘if you don’t know where you’re going you won’t know how to get there.’  In our mastermind meetings we start with pealing back the layers and getting right to specific details. You have goals? We’ll help you master them.

Mastermind groups are as diverse as the people who run them.  There are groups of various themes, durations, and methods.  That’s really good.  There’s something for everyone out there.  You just have to ask yourself what you want for an end result. And if you’re feeling unfulfilled – try some Vitamin HSMmG™.


Let’s get a conversation started!

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What Will You Do?

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When people are contemplating whether to join a Mastermind group they are really balancing – even justifying, how much value it is to them.

You know we all have pressures on our schedules, and determining where to spend our time is a huge consideration. We might have financial restrictions as well. I get it – there is no shortage of people trying to “sell” you something.  When it’s something you lose out from by NOT investing – that’s golden!

If you’re thinking about joining a Mastermind group, you have to look at what’s the value you’re going to get from it. This is one thing I feel very passionate and very strongly about; in the High Stakes Mastermind™ group we help people make decisions they could be grappling with, and we help them get results from their goals.  My belief is that you never stop learning. In fact, if you’re trying to start, run or maintain a business we help you get better and stronger – faster! We hold you accountable to your goals. There’s there is no substitute for voicing your thoughts and concerns out loud and talking about the steps that you have to do accomplish in order to master your ambitions.

In the High Stakes Mastermind groups were going to ask you very strategic, pointed and sometimes difficult questions.  That’s a great exercise for you because of you can’t answer those questions to us how will you answer the same questions for your clients?

When you work with us it’s the safe place to make mistakes. It’s a place to learn and a place to grow. It’s a place to feel your way around and it’s a place to find guidance.

That way when you’re in front of your clients, whether it’s a 1 on 1 meeting, a group meeting, or something you put on paper in brochures, blogs or any other type of marketing; your message will come out clearer, stronger and more articulately than it would without the power or the Mastermind behind you.

On the pragmatic side, as your Mastermind chair you benefit from my 30 years of Human Resource experience and leadership and my 16 years of being a consultant to organizations where I led them through very, very difficult situations.

In addition, I’m an ongoing student of Karyn Greenstreet’s Success Alliance. That’s where I continue to invest my own time and money so that I can bring keener skills and expertise to you. This ensures a first-rate investment of your time and money.  It’s my commitment to you – at High Stakes Mastermind™ groups we help people master their goals.


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