003: My Son Doesn’t Have to Go to College

I’m really excited about sharing my journey and these other unbelievable entrepreneurs in regard to the word mastermind: what it is, what it means, what you can get out of it, and possibly debunking some inner workings behind it and what other people might think about it throughout this podcast journey. We’ll find some of the good, bad, and ugly behind to continue your education in the mastermind world. Who knows, you might have already been in one and you just didn’t realize that was called a mastermind.

What is a mastermind?

Let’s start with the word mastermind itself. When I started searching for the term mastermind, I found a lot of different things. I use this cool resource called Uber Suggest by Neil Patel when I needed to find topics when I was going to have my solo show. It’s a lot more difficult to have a solo show than you might realize because you’re not getting to talk to anyone, you’re just talking to yourself. I started searching for the word mastermind and I found sports coaches, killers, political figures, and bank robbers. I realized that it’s no wonder when I say to someone, “I’m involved in XYZ mastermind,” they had no idea what I’m talking about. When I get responses back from those people, I get some real interesting answers. You might think that some of them are hurtful, but I don’t think that you should. Here’s just a few of them that I get when it comes to me being involved with mastermind.

“You pay for your friends in your network.” Is that really anything different than going to college and paying for your education to be around other people to grow up and gain friends and networking from that? To me, there’s really no difference. It’s just society sits there and tells us that by the age of 21 or 22, unless you continue your education beyond that, it’s okay to pay for your college network, get your friends, and go on from there. But then afterwards, there’s a huge gap between the age of 22 and until we stop working or having some form of fraternity or sorority network that you can learn from.

“That sounds pretty cultish or that you’re in a fraternity or sorority.” How is the fraternity and sorority anything different if we’re wanting to talk about cultish? How is being in a mastermind any more cultish if I’m paying for it and learning from it, and I’m getting outside influencers that I would never have access to then being in a fraternity or sorority? I sit there and say, “I’m okay with that.”

“I think I’ve done something like that before.” I can immediately have a conversation with them and say, “Hey, tell me about that. Who was involved? What did you get out of it? What have you been able to implement? Have you done anything like it since?”

Those are just a few of the responses and I’d be curious to hear what kind of responses you’ve got when you’ve gone back to your family or friends and said, “Hey, I’m in this mastermind thing,” and then you tell them about it.

What I do know is that a mastermind, and the people involved with it, do a couple of the following:

They can help you get to the front of the line. One of the first masterminds that I was involved with, Travis Chapel and Build your Network, said it’s like getting the Fast Pass at Disney and always being able to go to the front of the line. How does that really work? That’s where I want you to tune in, listen, and hear what these other amazing mastermind, coaches, and people are. These people who are helping transform and change how we do things, how we self-learn going forward when that educational process has to stop because of how we look at it.

Another is helping you broaden your mind and how you view a project that you’re currently working on. For instance, without having ever been in a mastermind, or knowing that I was in a mastermind, I wouldn’t start this podcast. We wanted to be niche. We didn’t want to have this broad subject of life coaching and self-improvement as there’s so many people that are already in that space. I really wanted to show how a niche product could actually help benefit and broaden your mind. This podcast is a perfect example of what a mastermind can do.

The company that we are building

If it wasn’t for a mastermind, I wouldn’t have realized what self-education truly meant, that I had stopped learning, and that there was a need out there for people to be able to connect with other people and make sure that they’re the right connections by building out the current company, the Success Finder. One of the big ones that a mastermind is able to do is it can help you find what you’re truly passionate about. I don’t want to say that I’m not passionate about what I built, what I currently do, and who I currently work with, because I am. I unbelievably love the people that I work with. My mind is always moving and I wanted to find something that had a larger outreach, a bigger impact, and something that was lasting. What that comes down to is the term legacy. I always used to say that legacy had to be about fatherhood or legacy was a little self-centered. I realized that a legacy can be those things but it doesn’t have to be the legacy that I want to build something around with the mastermind effect and the success finder, and helping other people along in their journey.

Meeting people

One of the other big things that a mastermind can do is it can introduce you to people who you otherwise might not ever have a chance to meet, wouldn’t have anything in common, or wouldn’t know why you would be in a room with them. For me, if it wasn’t for mastermind, I don’t want to say get super starstruck but if I ran across some of the people that I’ve fortunately been able to meet, I probably wouldn’t know what to say. It still does happen today.

I would not have had the opportunity to meet people in prison. I have been to the penitentiary twice and worked with EIT entrepreneurs and training. And I would never have imagined in a million years that I would have put myself in that situation or even thought what I can get out of it. You’re supposed to be giving back to the men and women who are in these programs, but you get a lot more out of it. If you can’t say that you’ve been to prison and that you would go to prison, you might want to check out a mastermind.

Next is meeting the man who created or invented Pictionary. I had no reason to run across this individual. But to hear his story—how he created it, what he did, where he came from, and what he’s doing today, there wouldn’t have been a door or a room that I had a purpose to be around. What I can get out of it and what I can get back to it, that type of an individual a mastermind was responsible for.

Meeting an actress from CSI Miami. I wouldn’t have thought that it would have been a room that I had the fortune of being in. When I was listening to what her business was and what she was building and doing, I would never have put one on one together for what she was building. It’s truly an amazing company and I hope she still had it to this day.Going to Thailand and meeting an individual who sold his first company at the age of 29 for $50 million. Another is an individual who has connected over 50 million people through Instagram and the list goes on.

When I sit there and say people who you might not ever have a reason to be in a room with or to be connected to you, you could sit there and say well that sounds that’s all cool and well, but what does that really do for you being in a room with someone from CSI Miami, being in a room with someone from prison, being in a room with the Pictionary guy, or the real Wizard of Oz or Master networkers? What has that really done for you? I would say it’s the reason behind the company that we’re building now. The reason that I’m talking to you why I think masterminds are so important is because at one given point, again, I had stunted my growth. I had stopped learning. The person that I was eventually going to become for my son was going to be a successful businessperson that continued to grow. But he would have probably looked at me, at least I hoped he would, at some point and given time and said, “Hey, Dad, why didn’t you do more?” And that’s where I would sit there and say that’s what I don’t fear hearing now.

Why Masterminds?

One thing I think you should ask, or I’ve even asked myself, is why masterminds? Why now? I think it has to do with seeing how education works, what masterminds can do, and what it takes to get a job today. Do you really need a four-year education? Do you really need that short of being a doctor, nurse, dentist, engineer, and a lot of other specialized ones out there that you need that continuing education for? Have you looked at how the world is today and said, what is the first thing I’m looking for? Do you have a college education? Sales. Do you need a college education? Building and creating an insurance company and selling insurance. Do you really need an education? Do you need a license?

We have a son and when he was born, I sworn that the boy got to go to college. Now, I didn’t care what he was going to school for. It was just ingrained in me that he needs to go from high school to college. And if he continues beyond that, good for him. But that’s his decision if he wants to continue beyond college. Now, rewind two years ago after joining my first mastermind, I’m saying you can condense that education. You can condense that networking, that ladder climbing, and what you truly want to do in life through self-education—through a mastermind with a business coach or a specified event—and I couldn’t believe it. When I have my mind made up, I’m pretty stubborn. But I’m learning over the last few years to be less stubborn. I’m like, “Wow, my son doesn’t need to go to college if he chooses not to, unless he’s going to be operating on people.” But then I hope that he’s required to still do that. Where this journey has led me is to having a conversation with you and with myself to find out what’s important, how you get there, and that the word mastermind can mean sports coach, political mastermind, or cultish. It can mean whatever you want it to.

Key Takeaways:

  • – Masterminds can help you understand your niche.
  • – Masterminds can help you develop your business.
  • – Masterminds help you network.
  • – Masterminds put you in situations that you’d never ordinarily be put in.

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