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Mastermind meeting over

Meeting over – and I am overwhelmed with the quantity and quality of the ideas that I’ve gained from my fellow members. It is very uncomfortable to have your professional life “creatively destroyed” by others – but when:

  1. you trust, respect and like them and

  2. they don’t have an axe to grind, an agenda, a vested interest or an ego that clashes with yours

then the intake of fresh air makes the head dizzy for a moment before the common sense of what they are saying sinks in. And what are they saying?

  1. You need to create space

  2. You need to do fewer things

  3. You need to eliminate tolerations

  4. You need to move from 10 (full-speed ahead) to 2 (dead slow)

  5. You need to avoid repeating the mistakes of history – don’t solve problems the way you always have done.

All rather scary – but I would rather hear that from this group than any other.

and when all the laptops have been put away – it’s been the quality of the conversation that has made the difference. In the last 24 hours I have read Seth Godin’s new book “The Dip” from cover to cover. That’s an easy thing to do because he really has cornered the market on saying very little, very well. Learning when to quit and what to quit as a success strategy – rather serendipitous don’t you think? Let me tell you my new buzz word – since reading “The 4-hour work week”, since this week’s mastermind meeting in Montreal, since reading Godin, since spending the last 4 months making everybody around me miserable as I go through “The Dip”. Outsourcing. That’s my buzz word. Outsourcing. Here’s Godin:

All successes are the same. All failures too. We succeed when we do something remarkable. We fail when we give up too soon. We succeed when we are the best in the world at what we do. We fail when we get distracted by tasks we don’t have the guts to quit.

So I’m going to become the best in the world at what I do. And I’m going to quit the tasks that I haven’t had the guts to quit. Watch me.

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