Ask a Silly Question, Get a Great Answer

Roy Everitt on marketingI belong to a very useful mastermind group along with about 140 other business owners, about twenty of whom regularly contribute to the discussions and answer questions, etc.

Most of those we hear from are of a roughly similar mind about a lot of things, although there’s always room for a different opinion or a new idea.

The power of a mastermind group can’t be overstated. Quite simply, if you don’t know how to do something or whether you should be doing it, at least one person in the group will have the answer you need.

But almost as useful as getting your questions answered is the process of framing the question in the first place. Just having to put your problem into words will make you think about it in clearer terms.

Often, the answer will come to you there and then.

But there’s an even more powerful effect that quite a few members have commented on. Sometimes, as we try to frame the question we can anticipate the answers we’re going to get. And, because most people in the group aren’t too squeamish to tell it how it is, the answer will quite often be, “You’re asking the wrong question”.

And then they will be saying (in your mind, saving you the trouble of even putting it to them), “What you should be asking about is ‘X’ or ‘Y'”.

And, very often, the answer to ‘X’ or ‘Y’ is one we already know.

In other words, we don’t really have a problem at all, or at least not one we can’t solve. This tendency to over-complicate things, to look for answers to imaginary problems (or answers that we can never know without testing) is one of the major blockages that stop people in their tracks.

So, not only does a mastermind group help you with your real problems, it can also help you avoid the imaginary ones, too, and push you make real progress instead of getting bogged down with detail. Even if you rarely seem to ask the group anything.

And if you do ask the wrong question there’s a good chance the answers you get will be helping someone else in the group, who’s struggling with exactly the same wrong question, to see it for what it is.

Meanwhile, if you’re not in my Inner Circle already, fixing that particular problem is dead easy. Just complete the form you’ll see on nearly every page on this website.