The Biggest Problem With Mastermind Groups

If you haven’t heard of them before, masterminds are groups that meet at regular intervals. Perhaps once a week, once a month, or once a quarter. It’s common for members to talk about their goals as well as things they’ve done in their businesses. It’s also common for members to encourage, and offer advice to others as well.

The thinking behind mastermind groups is that having others to offer outside perspectives on your goals as well as accountability is useful. The concept of masterminding certainly sounds good from this angle.

The big problem, however, is that mastermind groups usually consist of people either haven’t yet succeeded, or people that simply aren’t going to succeed. With this being the case, it’s not inconceivable how being in a mastermind group isn’t always as useful as it would first seem.

My recommendation to you is as follows… Start your own mastermind group and carefully select or filter those that are allowed to join the group. This will still give you accountability and brainstorming benefits of masterminds, without you having to receive potentially misguided advice or being annoyed that weaker members field advice without actually applying it.

By only allowing highly motivated, ambitious, and action-oriented individuals into the group, you can gain all the benefits of masterminds and expand your network with a fairly minimal time investment.

More Information Is Not The Answer

Do you need to read more books to finally lose weight? Do you have to watch more videos to learn how to talk to girls? The answer… probably not. Derek Sivers once said, “If information were the answer, we’d all be billionaires with perfect abs.”

It’s true. Everyone knows you need to eat healthy foods and exercise several times per week to lose weight. Yet, how many people actually do it?

Or, people know something like e-commerce or coding is hot. Yet, how many people are still stuck working low-level jobs?

Even if you know opportunities exist, the real value isn’t in having information. The real value is in applying that knowledge. The unfortunate reality, however, is that most people fall far too short on the action side of the equation.

In short, action is what’s going to take your life to the next level. Once you gain some momentum with taking action, information then becomes useful.

Information can then help you optimize your actions. Plus, pursuing your goals shifts your reticular activating system to see how you could actively apply the things you’re consuming.

#1 Get a base level of knowledge (which you’ve probably already done).

#2 Take action.

#3 Make action a habit.

#4 Consume from experts to optimize your approach.

#5 Calibrate your actions.

The 30 Second Will Someone Be Interesting Test

Beyond vocal tonality and the way they carry themselves, there’s another easy way to tell if someone will be an interesting person. When you meet someone new, simply ask them, “What are you passionate about?”

90% of people will say, “You know… I like to eat, or ummm watch football, uhhh hang out with friends.”

Beyond simply having generic hobbies (which isn’t always a problem in itself), these people are also likely to respond to you in an uninspired fashion. They’ll also often hesitate before responding. If the response you get from someone is similar to this… they’re almost guaranteed to be uninteresting.

If someone can’t be engaged and energetic when talking about something they love… it’s likely any further conversation with them will prove to be dull as well.

Maya Mall in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Living in Chiang Mai, Thailand for a month was an amazing experience. Chiang Mai is the digital nomad capital of the world for good reason — It’s among the cheapest and most convenient cities in the world. Breakfast in bed for $2, a central apartment with pool and gym for $300, decent English skills.

There’s a reason Chiang Mai gets a lot of love from nomads. While I think much of Chiang Mai’s love is cultlike, it is a solid nomad base. While I’m happy to be back in Saigon now, I do miss Chiang Mai sometimes.

I don’t just miss the prices and laid back vibe though. Chiang Mai is an underrated city for entertainment options. From ziplining, to elephany cantuaries, to cooking classes, Chiang Mai has lots of activities to fill you leisure time.

One of the most popular places to chill out, however, is Maya Mall. Maya is the city’s most popular mall located just off the famous Nimmanahaeminda Road. If you’re looking for a place to relax with friends or cool down during Chiang Mai’s sweaty afternoons, Maya is as good a place as any other for you to check out.

I may not be a big shopper, but I had a good time checking out the mall nonetheless. Exploring Maya’s many floors is a great way to pass an afternoon or night out during your stay in Chiang Mai. Plus, there’s an awesome food court!

I hope you enjoy the video. It should give you a good idea of the types of shops and excitement waiting for you at Maya. Most importantly, I hope you have the opportunity to visit Maya Mall for yourself someday!