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What Nine Old Men Can Teach You About Growing Your Business


I rarely accept guest posts on this blog. In fact, this is actually the first guest post I’ve ever accepted.

I want to introduce you someone who I’ve been following for SEO related how to’s. His name is Lewis Ogden of Cloud Income.

I actually approached Lewis to shed some light on SEO to my blog readers, and I’ll definitely have him share it in a future post.

Although I consider Lewis an expert in SEO, his success didn’t happen without his own mastermind group.

For this post, Lewis will explain all about masterminds.

So Lewis, take it away…

Ever get that feeling that your business isn’t growing as fast as you would like it to?

Not sure which actions to prioritise, or which steps to take that will get you to that all important goal?

I used to get these thoughts all the time. I would often gaze at my screen hoping that a blog post idea would pop into my head, or that my task list would magically tell me which task to work on next.

We all know this doesn’t happen – there is only one person that can decide those things…or is there?

What You Will Learn…

  • The secret that successful people already know about building true wealth and success
  • How you can learn from some of histories true greats
  • How I use this knowledge to grow my business and myself
  • My free guide so you can get started today
  • My exact email template that will get you superb response rates

Did you know…

Some of the greatest businessmen the world has ever seen, both past and present, have discovered the one simple solution to answering these questions?

I’ll save you the hassle and tell you what that solution is….

You need to join or find a group of people all focused on a similar topic or goal. That’s right, you need a Mastermind Group to help you build and grow you business and indeed in life itself.

Don’t believe me?

Here are a few other mastermind groups that have existed throughout history:

Nine Old Men

Walts Nine Old Men

This group was founded and headed by Mr Walt Disney, along with eight of his top animators. This group brought us hits such as:

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • Cinderella
  • Alice In Wonderland
  • Peter Pan
  • Mary Poppins

This group of men were truly ahead of their time and they all knew how important their combined knowledge and expertise were to creating the biggest animation business in existence.

Andrew Carnegie

Andrew CarnegieThe steel mogul who had a true rags to riches story, from poverty in Scotland to building THE largest steel company ever owned by one person.

Carnegie also knew the power of a combined group of like minded people. So much so that he commissioned a young Napoleon Hill to conduct a 30 year study of 16 great minds.

The results of the study were produced in a book entitled “Think and Grow Rich” which was ranked the sixth best-selling paperback business book almost 70 years after it was published!

To quote from the book we start with a paragraph from Napoleon Hill:

Napoleon Hill“During a newspaper interview with the great steel magnate, I asked him (Andrew Carnegie) to what he attributed his success. He replied by asking me to define the term success. When I told him I had reference to his money, he said:”

“Well, if you want to know how I got my money, I will refer you to these men here on my staff; they got it for me. We have here in this business a master mind. It is not my mind, and it is not the mind of any other man on my staff, but the sum total of all these minds that I have gathered around me that constitute a master mind in the steel business.

I have been many years gathering these men around me and building this mind. Each man contributes an important part to the building of this mind. I do not always agree with all the men on my staff, on all matters, nor do they always agree with me. Perhaps some of us do not like each other from a personal viewpoint, but I know that I need these men and they know that they need me in the maintenance of this master mind that is necessary in carrying on this steel business.”

What Andrew Carnegie teaches us here is that building true wealth and success comes from those we surround ourselves with.

The Inklings

A strange name for a group I agree…however “The Inkings” do show us the Masterminds aren’t just for business.

Comprising of anywhere between 10 and 30 members, The Inklings was a literary discussion group whose members were and assortment of great writers and poets, such as:

  • R.R Tolkien
  • C. S Lewis
  • Charles Williams
  • Owen Barfield

There are many more names to add to that list – however it’s important to note that this group was an informal arrangement of people who simply loved what they did.

They had a deep passion for the written word and many of them went on to do very well indeed…more importantly doing something they loved.

The Junto

The Junto takes us all the way back to its formation in 1727 by none other than Benjamin Franklin, who’s idea was to form a group of 12 men from all walks of life to tackle the questions of life, business, science and religion.

It wasn’t all chit-chat however. The Junto led by Franklin are said to have inspired a number of public improvements, such as the volunteer fire department and the subscription library, even the public hospital.

Here is an excerpt from Franklins autobiography:

“I should have mentioned before, that, in the autumn of the preceding year, I had formed most of my ingenious acquaintance into a club of mutual improvement, which we called the Junto. We met on Friday evenings.

The rules that I drew up required that every member, in his turn, should produce one or more queries on any point of Morals, Politics, or Natural Philosophy, to be discussed by the company; and once in three months produce and read an essay of his own writing, on any subject he pleased. Our debates were to be under the direction of a president, and to be conducted in the sincere spirit of inquiry after truth, without fondness for dispute, or desire of victory…”

The Vagabonds

By far the most impressive group of high achievers were The Vagabonds. This Mastermind Group comprised of:

  • Henry Ford
  • Thomas Edison
  • Harvey Firestone
  • Warren G Harding
  • Luther Burbank

The Vagabonds

This unlikely group of friends turned their meetings into expeditions, taking state-to-state camping trips that lasted 9 years until circumstances, primarily reporters and photographers crashing their campsites – forced them to stop meeting in public

What a Mastermind Group Has Done For Me

If I was to sum up my experience with masterminds into one sentence it would be this:

I’ve accomplished more in the past 12 months being part of a mastermind group, than I did in my three years working online without one.

Now you may think that’s a pretty bold statement, I mean how much of an affect can a group of people really have on your life and your business?

Well let’s take a look at the 3 key things being a part of a mastermind has given me.

1- Accountability

By far the biggest benefit and skill I have gained via my mastermind is accountability.

Having a group of people who rely on you, who expect more from you, who you compare your achievements too is simply priceless.

I’ve lost count of the amount of times I would start a project, only to lose interest half way through and move onto the next new thing (this is typical of niche site builders and SEO’s). It’s hardly surprising considering I played 6 sports in High School and have MANY hobbies that I still practice to this day.

“Jack of all trades, master of none” springs to mind.

It’s just in my personality…or so I thought.

It wasn’t until I had people asking me questions about my goals and what I had accomplished in the past week, did I start to see a fundamental shift in my productivity and stickability.

Nobody likes letting people down, especially your friends and those whose opinions you value.

Nowadays I have switched gears and find it easy to focus on one project, goal or task for extended periods of time. All because I know other people are counting on me…and I don’t want to look like a chump the next time we all meet!

2 – Networking & Business OpportunitiesNetworking

My business has grow substantially since the inception of our Mastermind Group. Not only have collaboration opportunities reared their heads, but the networking aspects of a mastermind should not be overlooked.

Meeting new and interesting people keeps you abreast of what’s going on in your industry and how people do things in other markets.

You can learn a lot from the people you meet and network with, and you get that opportunity thanks to the other members of your group.

You see, when you form a friendship with the group members, there is no selfish me, me, me attitude. If a person was selfish, they would not last long and would be kicked out of the group.

What I have found is that people are open to sharing practically everything they learn, hear and know if they think that it will help you on your journey to growing your business.

This includes introducing you to their friends and associates with whom you might have something in common.

3 – Superior Knowledge

Let’s face it each and every one of us has walked a different path to get to where we are today. Getting together with 2 other people who, whilst on the same trajectory, have experiences so many different things I can learn from is one of the main reasons I enjoy the frequent calls we have.

I rarely walk away from a session having not learned something new, be it a piece of info, a new skill or a little nugget of advice I can use for my future projects.

When you bring a problem to a mastermind group, you get the combined knowledge of multiple people, all working to help and resolve your problem. That knowledge is far superior than just you or I alone and that’s what makes a Mastermind Group the best way to grow your business.

How To Find Your Own Mastermind Group

INSTANT ACCESS : Grab Lewis’ Free Guide To Finding And Creating Your Very Own Mastermind

By combining the guide above with the template below, you can have your own group of Master Minds together in just a few days.

It took my group less than a week to have its first call over 12 months ago…we’ve not looked back since.

Mastermind Outreach Template


I wanted to drop you a quick note about a great idea I have and I think you will be interested.

Myself and a couple of other guys are getting together, maybe once per week for a Skype chat, primarily to discuss [INSERT TOPIC].

The idea being is that we can help each other to build and grow our business and also act as a mutual support group. As you know the [INSERT TOPIC] market can be a tough place to build a business and having a few people you can rely on for help and advice would be invaluable.

There are already a whole host of entrepreneurs that are doing this and raving about the results they are seeing in their business, and it doesn’t even take up a lot of time.

I am only inviting [INSERT NUMBER] of close friends and associates, of which you are one!

If you think this is something you could benefit from, I’d love to get you on the first call and we can see if it’s a good fit. Let me know a date & time for you and I will send out an invite.

Really looking forward to kicking this off and building our very own Mastermind Group!



What’s Stopping You?

We all need a helping hand sometimes, most of us just find that reaching out and asking for it hard.

By joining or creating your own Mastermind Group, not only will you break down those barriers but they will almost become second nature. You help someone and they help you in return, it’s how we as a species have grown and evolved…it’s time to grow and evolve your business and hit those goals.

Don’t forget to grab my free guide below:

INSTANT ACCESS : Grab Lewis’ Free Guide To Finding And Creating Your Very Own Mastermind

About The Author

Lewis runs the blog over at Cloud Income, where he provides regular guides, tips and how-to’s. His latest project is The Mastery – a place for like minded entrepreneurs to find mastermind groups to help grow their business.

This Post Has 11 Comments
  1. Hey Aurelius, thanks for proving the opportunity to write for your audience. I hope they enjoyed the post as much as I enjoyed writing it.

    What I wanted to show is just how much value I place on having a group of like minded people who can help grow your business!

    If anyone has any questions I would be happy to answer them 🙂

    – Lewis

  2. Hi Aurelius and Lewis ,
    I like the idea of master mind groups and what you can get out of them however I find most people are standoffish when you question them about anything that makes them money. I always thought sharing helped everyone. Anyways nice article.

    1. Hey How. I couldn’t agree more which is the primary reason we created TheMastery.org – so people can get together and share whats working and even form groups to help each other grow our businesses.

      There is plenty of chat going on right now about how people got started, how they can improve opt-ins and also case studies and progress threads.

      You should check it out if it’s something you are interested in.

      – Lewis

  3. Hello Aurelius, For some reason I could not sign up to get the guide. Could you please send it to me. I want to put the power of masterminds to work in my operations.

    Thank you,

    1. Hey Lorenzo – I think if you entered your email then you should have received the PDF via that email. The software we are using doesn’t make it immediately obvious…sorry about that.

      – Lewis

  4. Thanks Lewis and Aurelius – I love the idea of belonging to a Mastermind Group – the benefits appear to be endless from what I have read here today.

    1. Hey Carl – How’s it going? Are you in a mastermind yet?

      Like Lewis said, being in a mastermind can help you accomplish way more than you can on your own. I joined one out of Pat Flynn’s Niche Site Dual in 2013 – that group fell apart after about 6 weeks but it still accelerated my progress. 🙂

      Let me know if you need help connecting with a group!

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