As an entrepreneur or business person you probably work mostly on your own.  Certainly when you first start out in business you are CEO, technician, sales representative, book keeper and anything else you may care to add to the list.  You can no longer lean over and ask your colleague sitting at the next desk what they think of a project you are working on.  Or tell a sympathetic listener how badly your day has gone.  Sound familiar?  It doesn’t have to be that way.

In my e-book 10 Mistakes Great Leaders Do Not Make Twice, I write about the fact that geese always fly in formation as they migrate in winter to sunnier climates. Sometimes, there can be as many as one hundred geese flying in this perfect formation, honking so loudly that you cannot help but notice them.  Research has shown that an intense uplift is created for the geese behind when each goose flaps its wings.  This teamwork has been shown to add just over 70% more flying range than if the goose were flying on its own.

Mastermind groups work with the same principle.  The concept was created by Napoleon Hill in his famous book, Think and Grow Rich.  These are small groups that are designed to help each member of the group deal with challenges by utilising the collective intelligence and experience of the group.  The benefits include making new contacts, thinking bigger, new business, collaboration and getting rid of the ‘aloneness’ of entrepreneurship.  The results can indeed be remarkable.  In addition there is the sense of well-being that comes from supporting others at the same time.

Helen Keller, a famous lecture/author and the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree said this: “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much”.  So do yourself a favour and get together with other business people or leaders who have similar aspirations and see your business or career go to a new level.

Click here to read an article in Forbes magazine about mastermind groups.

Click here for more information about the Reach Women Success Group.