“Your network is your net worth.” - John C. Maxwell - and I have to agree.
Your network is invaluable. Being part of a like-minded community is essential to success.
Choosing to live an unconventional lifestyle and making different choices from your friends and family can make your feel lonely. Imagine being single and vegetarian at a BBQ party full of couples (I experienced that last weekend), there is nothing wrong in these situations, but you still feel a bit disconnected or even quite bored at times.
Most successful people attribute part of their success to others, particularly to those in their circle of influence.
Therefore, being aware of why having a like-minded community is beneficial can motivate us to get involved with different communities and broaden our horizon. No matter what name you give it, support group, meet-up group, accountability partners, inner circle, mastermind group or even a club.
In his book, Think and Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill talks about masterminding and defines it as, "the coordination of knowledge and effort in a spirit of harmony between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose."
So why is it important to connect with like-minded groups? Here are the top four benefits that impacted me and my business since I've joined the Six Figures Mentor and Digital Experts Academy community.
Assistance, guidance and advice
When things get rough and don't go according to plan we get discouraged. It is a privilege to be able to reach out to someone or a group and get a different perspective on a challenge when we’re in the midst of something; we can't see the different alternatives or solutions, options.
Sometimes others don't agree with or understand our decisions because they don't want us to deal with disappointment or failure. It can be incredibly demotivating especially when it comes from our loved ones. When we have a like-minded community, we know that they will support us not matter what but also advise us on things that we may not have considered. Having support without judgement is hugely motivating.
That's the one that had the most impact on my entrepreneurial path. There is nothing like feeling accountable to move us into action. Supportive peers will patiently listen to our all our excuses, but not buy into them. They'll give us the push we need to move forward. Experiencing accountability took me a whole new level. I saw my creativity expand, my performance increase and went beyond what I thought was possible for me. The power lies in the fact that peers have your best intentions in mind.
They Cheer you up
A supportive community is the best thing you can have; they are the best cheerleaders you can find out there :-) — they celebrate with us. Being able to celebrate our successes with others, is a massive boost in confidence and self-esteem, and pushes us to continue chasing our dreams. Success leads to success and the more support we receive, the better we want to perform. Enthusiasm is contagious, and being around people with the same high levels of drive and ambition that you strive towards can only increase your motivation.
Success is a team work. Building a new career, business on our own can make things difficult, unenjoyable, and it can take longer to achieve what we want. Being part of a highly supportive community will have a tremendous impact on our ability to make the difference.
I found the Six Figure mentors and Digital Experts Academy online about ten months ago. Spending time with this incredible community of entrepreneurs had a direct impact on my mindset; I feel like my brain is on constantly on steroids. Their success, passion, integrity, determination and confidence give me the courage to take risks, make the next move and just be myself. I also learn from them at a much faster rate than I would learn on your own.
Most of us have been to raised fit in our society boundaries, therefore being different is scary, and a lot of people quit before even starting. Do not try to build a castle on your own, think of people who are a positive influence in your life and then find out how to strengthen your relationship with them. If you don’t have "influencers" in your life, start meeting new people and get involved in different networks or communities.
Remember also to help others in reaching their goals.