Napoleon Hill Invented the MasterMind Concept


“Now here are some interesting facts about the mastermind which give you an idea of how important it is and how necessary that you embrace this principle and make use of it in attaining success in your chosen occupation. First of all, it is the principle through which you may borrow and use the education, the experience, the influence, and perhaps the capital of other people in carrying out your own plans in life. It is the principle through which you can accomplish in one year more than you could accomplish without it in a lifetime if you depended entirely on your own efforts for success.”  Napoleon Hill, author Think and Grow Rich


A Current Member Speaks Out


"My name is Luke Kibler and I’ve been attending the Riverside chapter of SoCal MasterMinds for the last six months. During that time I was transitioning from a 1099 position with an agency, to opening my own insurance agency. The masterminds were there for me every step of the way with recommendations on everything from my schedule and timing, to my new logo and business cards. It has been invaluable having this support, guidance, and feedback. There is no way I could be more thrilled with my experience, and I give SoCal MasterMinds my highest recommendation." Luke Kibler - Member of SoCal MasterMinds



Tony Robbins on Peer-to-Peer Groups


"Your life is a direct reflection of the expectations of your peer group" Tony Robbins

New Member of SoCal MasterMinds

I was facing some major challenges in the franchise I had recently purchased. Sales were barely covering my monthly minimum payments to the franchisor, and I was conflicted on how to move ahead. 

When it was my turn on the hot seat, I filled out the pre-meeting materials and just that part of the process began to provide clarity. Then I met with Craig and Randy. By the end of that meeting I wasn’t even sure how much I would even need the hot seat with my “board of directors.” Boy, was I mistaken.”

The other members of the MasterMind group provided one great idea after another in terms of general new directions for finding client groups to the details of how to manage the email lists I had already maintained. 

Finally, I was encouraged to make some decisions right there on the spot along with setting clear cut goals for the next month. 

I’m super impressed with the way that SoCal MasterMinds created clarity, direction, and motivation for my business.  Clair Meske - Member SoCal MasterMinds. https://www.seniorcareauthority.com/assisted-living-consultant-clair-meske.html


The New York Times RE: The Reagan Kitchen Cabinet


The Reagan Kitchen Cabinet, like earlier versions dating to the group assembled by Andrew Jackson a century and a half ago, consists of old, trusted friends who share the President's philosophy. In Mr. Reagan's case, they are men much like the President himself - selfmade millionaires who had gone West to earn their fortunes and who, along the way, became interested in politics.  NY Times



I Change Everything About My Production Line


My name is Ryan Bierwirth and I am one of the founding members of the Riverside chapter of SoCal MasterMinds. When it was my turn to sit in the hot seat, one thing became abundantly clear. I was spending a lot of my time doing things that should have been done by my staff. I immediately changed the structure of the company and even the layout of our silk screen production facility to make it more efficient. I learn something valuable at every meeting and give SoCal MasterMinds a huge shout out for what they are doing. Ryan Bierwirth - Member - SoCal MasterMinds


Jack Canfield - Co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul


I don’t know anybody who has become super successful without employing the principles of both networking and masterminding.

One of the most powerful ways to learn anything is to teach it to others. That's why having a mastermind is so important.

Teaching forces you to clarify your ideas, confront inconsistencies in your own thinking, and more closely walk your talk. Jack Canfield


Mitch Tublin - The John Maxwell Team


When we bring a group of people together to analyze, review and offer each other essential feedback on a specific topic or idea, the power of our thoughts increases exponentially. Being a part of a mastermind group provides access to a power and an energy that gives us the ability to accomplish great things ... Similarly, mastermind groups come together in a collaborative environment to inspire growth that cannot be accomplished alone. - Mitch Tublin, MBA, Mitch is a Founding Partner of The John Maxwell Team and serves as a member of the President’s Advisory Council for The John Maxwell Team.


Enjoying Her MasterMind Group in Riverside


Are you like me? You’re finally there. You work for yourself, doing what you love and are good at it. You are your own boss, running your own business. You are excited and proud. You are probably also tired, and a bit lonely or even frustrated.


It’s hard owning and running a business—even though it’s something you’ve always wanted.


If you’re like me, you might be wondering where you can turn to find people—entrepreneurs like you—who you can present your problems to, talk about those places you might be stuck, discuss those issues that are unique to entrepreneurs, or just those who can tell you a little hard truth and offer ideas, motivation and support.


I found this in SoCal MasterMinds. Business owners, just like me, who have launched out on their own, have faced their own problems and who have come together to offer the expertise born out of experience to each other.


In my second meeting I was placed in the “hot seat”.  After giving my presentation, I was given feedback by every member of the group—on improving the clarity of my message, how to narrow my niche, and even a one-page business plan and a coaching session from another group member to bring my business goals into sharper focus. Not only that, but I received a lead on work that resulted in a paying (short-term) contract!


Every meeting since, I’ve learned something new—and contributed valuable insights to other members as well. The fact that my participation is not only required, but valued, boosts my confidence that I have something to contribute, to the group and to the business world. I’m no longer alone as a solopreneur, I have people around me who are working toward my success alongside me.


As a business owner, If you are looking for encouragement, accountability, camaraderie, expertise, and even referrals, SoCal MasterMinds is the right direction to look. You’ll come away from each meeting challenged, with greater clarity, renewed vision, lots of fresh ideas—and ways to implement those ideas. Plus, you’ll find others who are on the same journey as you, lending wisdom and partnering with each other to help your businesses grow and succeed. Leslie Nafus, Copywriter - leslienafus.com

Brian Tracy - Author of Eat that Frog


I recommend setting up mastermind groups. In San Diego we established a mastermind group of entrepreneurs – successful entrepreneurs who meet regularly with other successful entrepreneurs to discuss new business ideas and also get feedback and advice on business problems or questions. In some cases, an entrepreneur who has been struggling with an issue for months may find a solution in minutes. Brian Tracy in his book “Leadership”


Famous Master Mind Groups


Some well-known examples of mastermind groups throughout history (even though they may not have been called that at the time) include:


  • The Junto — Established in 1727 by Benjamin Franklin, The Junto initially consisted of 12 members who met together for mutual improvement by discussing moral, political, and scientific topics of the day.


  • The Inklings — In the 1930’s and 1940’s, a group of English authors met together to read and discuss the author’s unfinished works. Notable members include C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Owen Barfield.


  • Nine Old Men — A group of Disney animators that were responsible for many of Disney’s hits from 1930–1970. Classics such as Peter Pan, Cinderella, and Alice in Wonderland were birthed in these meetings.


Pat Flynn - Blogger, Smart Passive Income


“I would not be where I’m at today if it weren’t for the mastermind groups that I’ve been a part of since I began doing business online.” -Pat Flynn


Andrew Carnegie - Founder of First MasterMind Group


Andrew Carnegie, and many business tycoons of years gone by, understood the exponential power gained by focusing the talents and skills of small teams of people into mastermind groups to excel on a single goal or task: “It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” – Andrew Carnegie


Napoleon Hill Speaking About Industrialist Andrew Carnegie


We have here in this business a mastermind. 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 mastermind 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 mastermind that is necessary for carrying on this steel business.” Napolean Hill in Think and Grow Rich wrote of Andrew Carnegie

Hill concluded that, “No two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind.”

Kate Rockwood - Blogger / Writer of  Inc. Magazine