- Paperback: 102 pages
- Publisher: MastermindTalks.com; 1.0 edition (January 4, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0692360026
- ISBN-13: 978-0692360026
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (208 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mastermind Dinners: Build Lifelong Relationships by Connecting Experts, Influencers, and Linchpins Paperback – January 4, 2015
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About the Author
A veteran entrepreneur, Jayson Gaignard is the founder of a top rated business podcast on iTunes, and runs one of the world's most exclusive events for entrepreneurs. His invite-only event brings together brilliant minds like multiple NYT Best Selling Author Tim Ferriss, fashion titan Marc Ecko, biohacker Dave Asprey, and many more... His work has been featured by influential publications like Forbes, Life Hacker, and Business Insider.
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Here is the tl:dr version of the review: Buy this book. Read it. Put it into practice. It will change your life for the better in so many ways.
There are very few people who can capture the essence of a simple idea and then leverage its application to remake themselves and restart their lives. Jayson is one of those very few. His story is compelling and the methods he used to overcome a debilitating pre-midlife crisis and create a business of exceptional success and value are available to anyone willing to heed and learn.
The heart of the book is not unlike Keith Ferrazzi's "Never Eat Alone". But unlike Ferrazzi's excellent book, Jayson delivers a concise, practical formula for creating connections that is accessible to anyone who eats and happens to know more than one other human. That's a heck of a lot of people.
In the opening chapters, Jayson outlines his discovery of the power of connection and networking and tells the story of his recovery from his first, ultimately self-destructive and soul-destroying business. He then goes on to enumerate key principles of relationship building and its power. The real payday comes in the last third of the book where he outlines (in detail) his formula for creating and hosting "Mastermind" dinners.
What stands out about his approach is how selfless it is. Nowhere does Jayson say or even really imply that the value of the Mastermind dinner lies in what it can do for its host. Instead he is quite clear that when you host such an event, your only path to success lies in becoming a servant leader whose primary concern is that everyone who attends walks away with a powerful sense of value and connection to like minded people. In the same way that form follows fitness -- the benefit to you for embarking on the "Way of the Mastermind Host" lies in the value you bring to other people as they become a part of these dinners.
I am a serial entrepreneur of more than 15 years and a university professor before that. While I have grown and relied on my network of colleagues and friends for over two decades, I've never before seen such a concise and powerful idea put so elegantly. One small disclaimer -- I became aware of Jayson because his story of "recovery" from a business that was killing him was forwarded to me by a friend. He and I have messaged briefly and had one 20 minute phone chat in the last two years. So, he is an acquaintance of mine. With luck someday, I'll call him a friend... hmm... maybe I should ask him to dinner.
Thanks Jayson! U da man & we'll see you @ the next mastermind dinner ;)
The Mastermind process is very popular but many people, I have found, become disappointed when they don't see the results they expected. There can be many reasons for that and one may simply be poor goal-setting or communication skills. Take Charge of Your Life: Dare to Pursue Your Dreams
This is an important book and one well worth reading, even if you have no plans to organize an event of your own.