You’ve heard the old saying… “Two Heads Are Better Than One”, right?
Have you ever thought about this saying much or do you just throw it around jokingly in playful banter with friends or colleagues? I have been recently digging into this topic and thought I would share some insight I have found. So first off, the saying means that… two people may be able to solve a problem that an individual cannot. That being said, you might like to seek help to solve some of your most challenging problems.
The Phrase Finder website shares this info about this proverb…
This proverb is first recorded in John Heywood’s A dialogue conteinyng the nomber in effect of all the prouerbes in the Englishe tongue, 1546:
Some heades haue taken two headis better then one:
But ten heads without wit, I wene as good none.
‘Head’ here means ‘mind’, as opposed to heart or spirit. The notion of two being better than one, although not specifically two heads, was also expressed in the Bible; for example, this chapter from Ecclesiastes, 4:9, in Miles Coverdale’s Bible, 1535:
Therfore two are better then one, for they maye well enioye the profit of their laboure.
As a business owner, we have a habit of grabbing the bull by the horns and getting stuff done on our own.
This is not a bad thing and as a matter of fact, it is often the action taker that finds success in their business by making a decision and taking action to move forward. That being said because this is out first or go-to way of getting things done, it means we sometimes miss opportunities to work with others to solve big problems.
After years and years (decades actually) of being in business, I fell into an odd place with my business. The industry changed a bit and I was struggling to figure out how to scale my business. Because of this, I had a time where I was planning on making a pivot. I tried reworking things on my own for some time but struggled to figure out the best direction.
I joined a Toastmasters group and hit it off with one of the members. After a few months, we had a meeting outside the group to connect deeper and after a few conversations, she invited me to join her Accountability Group. She warned me it was currently only 3 women and asked if I’d be okay joining or attending a meeting with women only? I had no issue with that, but what surprised me is how I really took to the group. In a short time, I started getting some impressive work done that was moving me in the right direction. It was a confirmation that joining a group focused on working ON my business was better than going it alone.
Now I have been a member of mastermind groups before and other groups related to training, but I these groups come and go. As with any coach, mentor or group, you will eventually grow beyond what these resources will bring to you if the groups do not evolve and grow with you. What I have found over the last 20 years is that as you grow, you typically find a new group, coach or mentor to help push you to the next level.
To be honest, in my own journey, I have had such good experiences with these things that once one group ends, I begin the reflection to decide what area I need to work on next and I start seeking a new group. I highly recommend this mindset with the goal of perpetual learning and self-development. You will find this to be highly beneficial to your business and your leadership skills.
In the past, I have joined other mastermind groups. Today I am starting to lead them.
As I started building the Business Success Movement, I realized that if I truly want to leave the business community better than I found it, that we would have to start offering mastermind and accountability groups as a way to help owners continue to push their success. Because of this, I am now kicking off the first version of this mastermind concept and I am calling it the OFFICE HOURS Mastermind Group. In July I am offering a special price of $59 a month and starting in August it will go up to $99 a month. So if you have ever thought about joining a mastermind group or finding some like-minded people to help you navigate the journey seeking business growth and success, this might be a perfect time to reach out and ask any questions and see if this could be a group that would be good for you.
The purpose of this group is to Tackling Challenges As A Group and apply the concept that Two Heads Are Better Than One. If you needed more reasons or thoughts on the value of mastermind groups, why not read this great article in Forbes titled – 7 Reasons To Join A Mastermind Group. Enjoy!
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