Many of you are just like me.

You get up each day go to your computer and type.

For some it’s writing, for some it’s code, for some it’s actually design.

The point is that most of us spend a good chunk of the day mostly alone.

You may have kids around and under foot like me, but in my business hours I’m mostly alone all day.

There is no one sitting beside us watching exactly how we run our businesses. No one sees the email we send our clients.

We operate on our own, doing the best that we can.

The squares

In See You at the Top Zig Ziglar presents the reader with a bit of a puzzle early on. You can see a similar one below.

Most people will see the small individual squares right away. A few will see the larger square wrapping around all the small ones.

Even fewer will start out seeing all the little squares and variations. They are all obvious once someone starts pointing them out to us though.

..most of us occasionally need someone to point out the obvious, more often, the not so obvious. – See You at the Top

Your someone

Do you have a ‘someone’ that is going to point out the obvious things in your business that could be done better?

How about a group of someones?

If you don’t you need some, because you’re simply going to miss these things on your own.

Now I’m not saying you need a business partner, but how about a friend that also runs their own business and can meet for a weekly coffee session.

How about a group of friends (mastermind) that meets weekly to talk about how things are going.

As the saying goes in Zelda, it’s dangerous to go it alone.

photo credit: pasukaru76 cc

4 responses to “How do you plan to catch the obvious?”

  1. Dipak G. Avatar

    Hi Curtis,

    Nice share. I think G Hangouts will be the best fit for weekly session with a group of someones. What do you think?

    ~ Dipak G.

    1. Curtis McHale Avatar
      Curtis McHale

      Yeah we use Google+ to host the meetings and I record them with Screenflow then publish them for anyone that missed to catch up with.

  2. John Locke Avatar

    Hi Curtis:

    Great post, as usual. I’ve heard repeatedly from many people are farther along in their business than myself that mastermind groups are the way to go. It’s hard to argue with success, so there has to be something tangible to this.
    I guess I am still figuring out more about how mastermind groups work, but it does seem like there are different tiers, different levels to these groups. My own experience is limited. I am currently a bit of a Lone Wolf. The groups that I hear others talk about seem a bit inclusive, and I understand why that has to be.

    What advice would you give to someone who is earlier on their success path than yourself to finding a mastermind group?

    1. Curtis McHale Avatar
      Curtis McHale

      A great resource for learning what makes a mastermind succeed is this Udemy Course –Ultimate Advantage – Start Your Own Mastermind Group, yes that is an affiliate link.

      I did that course before Christmas and feel that our group started running smoother with more benefit after I took it as the leader.

      Just ask around about a Mastermind Group. I was in your position over a year ago and I just decided to start one. Approach 2 or 3 people that you think are a step or two ahead of you and see if they’d be open to joining a mastermind group with you.

      You may get a ‘no’ response but that’s the worst that can happen. I end up having to say no to lots of stuff that sounds interesting because I simply don’t have the time for other things outside of my core focus currently.

      Brennan Dunn also runs the Freelancer’s Guild (not an affiliate link) and they set you up with a Mastermind as well.