The Power of Masterminding

A Brian Klemmer original from 2008

Have you ever heard of masterminding, the powerful tool that can enhance your marriage and business life? If so, do you use it?

Napoleon Hill, author of the classic, Think and Grow Rich, considered masterminding one of the most important principles of success. Andrew Carnegie also recognized the value of it. Mark Victor Hansen, co-creator of the mega-hit Chicken Soup for the Soul series, agrees. Before his Chicken Soup series, he experienced only moderate success. What made the difference? Was it quality or content, or was some other factor at play? Curious, I interviewed Mark Victor Hansen to find out. The difference, he says, is masterminding. In this interview, Mark explores masterminding in detail. This interview, part of the series Interviews with the Experts, is available at or by calling Klemmer & Associates at 800-577-5447.

What is masterminding? An age-old concept, it’s a gathering of people – usually two-to-six, but sometimes many more — who connect at the subconscious level so that no barrier exists between them. The result is a “chemistry” that is synergistic; individuals move forward as one person and the total effect is greater than what would be possible for each individual by himself. Often, solutions to problems arise from within the group. One member will say, “I know this person who can help you,” or “I know where you can get the money for that.” Serendipitous ideas come from out of the blue. Suddenly the impossible becomes possible.

Masterminding also helps group members stick to their goals. All of us have gotten sidetracked or discouraged by obstacles in the pursuit of our dreams. When this happens, mastermind partners are there to remind us of our vision, and to encourage us get back on track and keep moving forward.

There are two types of mastermind groups. One is formed of people who share the same goal or project. For example, Mark Victor Hansen and Jack Canfield created and marketed their Chicken Soup for the Soul book series together. Mark tends to be the one who comes up with ideas, while Jack figures out how to implement them. In this way, they complement each other. The second type of mastermind is made up of disparate individuals who come together to support one another in the pursuit of separate goals.

My first mastermind group began several years ago when I met another speaker, Tom Hinton, at a National Speakers Association meeting. My desire was to reach a higher financial level, so I wanted to meet with other business people who had already gotten there. Tom was closer to that level and also wanted to grow financially, so I suggested we support each other. In the process of meeting together, we discovered that if we weren’t honest about what was going on in our lives, we couldn’t bond at the subconscious level and the synergy wouldn’t take place. As a result of our honesty, Tom and I formed a deep level of trust. Eventually our group grew to six individuals who were committed to serving one another.

If you’d like to participate in a mastermind group, look for our next newsletter, which will detail keys to building one. Another option is available to graduates of Samurai Camp. Because we, at Klemmer & Associates, recognize the power of synergism, we have added mastermind training to anyone who completes this seminar.

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