Courage: The lion is the king of the jungle, right? How many lions do you know that DON'T have courage? Uhhhh... I've only had the privilege of knowing a couple lions in my lifetime but I would never call any one of them cowards. So how can you use courage to reap the rewards of mastermind stardom? Have the courage to be open with your fellow members. You won't get a thing out of your mastermind group if you don't open up. Worried about divulging too much? That's what non-disclosures are for. A mastermind group is supposed to be a safe place to share all kinds of information. I can't tell you how many times I've seen a conversation about business shift into a focus group on personal development and family. They're all intertwined. If you don't have the courage to share, other won't either and your group will not be effective. Step up and be the leader by sharing your personal experiences (both good and bad) and showing that it's ok to be open.
Look the Part: A king is always decked out like a royal. It's easy to spot a king in a crowd. So how do you look the part and stand-out in your mastermind group? Hold on because this one is really important. I mean seriously, make sure you write this down like ten times. Are you ready? Here's the secret to looking the part of the king of your mastermind group: LISTEN. That's right. I'm not asking you to dress up in medieval garb or even a suit. People see you as a valuable part of the group when you just sit there and listen. Don't be the guy that sits there playing with his cell phone. Don't be the gal that can't take her eyes of her iPad. Instead, listen intently. Make eye contact with whoever is talking. Show them that you are truly interested in what they're saying. Make THEM feel important. I know it sounds funny but when your fellow members see you take an active interest in the others, they'll follow your lead. Oh, and don't be scared to tell your friends that maybe they need to listen a little more too. Nobody's perfect and we all need a reminder sometimes.
So are you ready to be King of your Mastermind Group? Remember that's it's not all about you. If you put the time and effort into being a "royal asset" instead of a "royal pain" you'll soon have mounds and mounds of golden nuggets you can spend on your kingdom.