Last week I received a wonderful outpouring of understanding from my readers after reading Master Being Yourself. Thanks so very much. I do believe my new group of writers, a small group of like minds, is better for me.
This same week, I was invited to a Mastermind Group. Sort of Karma-ish, I think.
Here I am closing a painful door, yet another swings open. I’d never heard of a Mastermind Group before, so I looked it up.
“…a community of supportive colleagues who brainstorm together to move the members to new heights. Your mastermind group is like having an objective board of directors, a success team, and a peer advisory group, all rolled into one.” – See more at: http://www.thesuccessalliance.com/what-is-a-mastermind-group.html
Mastermind groups have been around since the beginning of time, apparently. Benjamin Franklin belonged to a Junto, his title for such a group. Napoleon Hill in his timeless classic, “Think And Grow Rich” defines a Mastermind Group as, “The coordination of knowledge and effort of two or more people, who work toward a definite purpose, in the spirit of harmony. No two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind [the master mind].”
Like I stated last week, we have to be happy in our own skins. However, there’s nothing wrong with seeking feedback from others, because we don’t have all the answers. We don’t have to accept that feedback as gospel, but we must learn to appreciate there are options to the limited answers we know. The key is being open-minded about those answers, and mature enough to pick and choose what we want out of the mix and not take anything personal.
In other words, remember the goal is still to be happy.
That’s why you need a critique group, or beta group, or editorial consultant. That’s why your publisher and agent need to be on your side. Think of such feedback like the hardware store. You have a project (you), and to determine how to build it to the best of your ability, you go into the hardware store and study all the optional tools. You research, ask questions of the experts working in the store, then make your selection, go home, and build your project.
Always remember: Advice is optional. The ultimate choices of molding yourself are your own. Regardless how you build, be happy with the result.