With all that’s going on with the pandemic, now is a good time to work behind the scenes to improve your practice. But it’s also a prime opportunity to join associations that will better you as a dental professional. Many dental professionals find ways to improve themselves by joining professional dental associations or mastermind groups. 

A mastermind is a group of people—however many—who get together to help each other improve their lives and businesses in some meaningful way. If you go into a mastermind to improve your business, that’s not exactly the mindset you should have. Your mindset should be to help others improve their business. That way, if everyone goes into the mastermind committed to help each other’s businesses, and it’s a group of twenty people, then you go in with nineteen other people all looking to help you. 

Joining a mastermind group can be one of the best decisions you ever make. It will mean growth in your business and growth on a personal scale. You’ll change other peoples’ lives as you help them to grow. That won’t happen if you just join any mastermind group, though. There are qualities you’ve got to make sure the mastermind group your joining has.

Should you join a free or paid mastermind group?

While some mastermind groups are free, joining a paid mastermind group adds significant benefits. The fact that people are willing to pay money to be a part of the group means that they are serious about being there.

Anyone can join a free mastermind group. That means a free mastermind group can be overwhelmingly large and it's hard to tell whether people will take the group seriously.

You want to join a mastermind group that isn’t full of people who do not take their commitment to the mastermind group seriously. Instead, join a mastermind group that is a community of people looking to help each other out. That brings us to the next quality to look for in a mastermind group.

Join a mastermind group with a strong community.

You can make a lot of strides by immersing yourself in a community full of people who are goal-oriented and have a growth mindset. People in a community have a service mentality. They’re willing to go the extra mile for you. 

In a mastermind, people need to be on equal footing. It doesn’t matter if someone is an “expert.” There’s no pedestal to put them on. You need to be on equal footing with everyone in the group and have access to all of them. If you’re a member of a community like this, you matter to everyone in that community. Once you’re in, you’re in. People are there to build you up, lift you up, and bring you to the place you want to go. They aren’t trying to take you where they want to take you. In a community, other people won’t tell you where to go; they’re there to help guide you on the journey you’re on.

When you get around people that you know, like, and trust, it creates a good community culture that will offer you all the support you need.

Should you join a topic-specific or general mastermind group?

Surrounding yourself with professionals who are in the same industry as you can help you make quicker progress. They likely know things that you don’t know and will be knowledgeable about the subject matter. And everyone can use shared experiences to help each other grow.

If you join a mastermind group that is general in nature, you’ll get a wide array of people from different industries. That diversity of experience can help bring new perspectives but it also means fewer people will have relevant experience for your industry. 

In the end, both have value but a lot of people get more value by making a topic-specific mastermind their first mastermind group.

Should mastermind groups meet regularly?

Yes. It’s important to meet regularly so everyone can make consistent progress and stay top-of-mind. Additionally, regular meetings help you get real-time support as you navigate your business and personal life. If you meet every week or every few weeks, even, people will keep updated with what you do and vice versa. You will all be more capable of supporting each other.

It’s okay if you meet virtually through zoom, but it’s helpful to meet in person from time to time. You get much more depth in person and it’s more of a memorable experience. 

Find the right mastermind group today!

If you can find a mastermind group with these four qualities, you’ve found the right one. That’s a mastermind group that will offer support and will help you on the journey you’re on.

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