The Critical Part Where I Need Your Help (spoiler included)

Note: I was blown away by the response to this post earlier this week. I guess it’s really worth it to put yourself out there. This is a follow-up to that post.

I know I left us at a bit of a cliffhanger in the previous post. Hopefully it hasn’t been keeping you up at night. (And if it has, sorry about that. I owe you some warm milk.)

When we last left off we were discussing vulnerability and the possibility of me doing something that could be really big and significant.

Of all the things that I’ve taken on with Illuminated Mind, I’ve never approached doing something at this level before. And I’ve done quite a bit…

  • … I’ve coached people to help them quit their jobs.
  • … I’ve created a library of resources to help people work on their own terms.
  • … I’ve written and sold a popular ebook.
  • … I’ve been lucky enough to be featured on places like Business Insider, Zen Habits, and Lifehacker.
  • … I’ve run five live courses on finding your passion and making an income from it.
  • … And I’ve been blessed to be able to be a leader in this space and help a lot of people.

All of this has been awesome. And I’ve received a lot. The people that I have the pleasure to interact with have changed my life in a lot of ways.

But there’s one thing that people have been asking me for for a long time.

For whatever reason, I’ve resisted. I thought it would be too difficult. I didn’t think I’d have enough time. I thought that I needed more preparation. And I’m realizing now that these were limiting beliefs and excuses.

Lifting back the curtain; revealing what I’ve been hinting at

I’m seriously considering creating what you’ve been asking for. Regardless of all the hesitations, worries, and how much work this will be, I’m contemplating creating a live event where you’ll meet up and conspire with other renegades and be able to borrow my brain.

It will be organized as a type of mastermind, but the reality is, it’s going to be much more than that.

And if I do create this, it will likely be the first mastermind in the lifestyle design space.

Because I always co-create everything I put out there, I will be working diligently, side-by-side with you to create this experience. But here’s the heart of what it will include:

  1. Three live mastermind meetings with myself and other world changers per year (two full days for each event). These will be intense, intimate, and incredibly transformative.
  2. I’m thinking it will involve 10-15 people. It will not be a conference type of an event.
  3. Hanging out with me in person and getting strategic advice from me on building the business that supports your freedom.
  4. A year-long alliance of other people doing what you want to do who are deeply invested in your success. This will be a tight-knit, exclusive community.
  5. Monthly, virtual group sessions.
  6. A few sessions with me one-on-one. (This is the only way you can get time with me. You couldn’t buy my time from me right now even if you wanted to, as I’m not taking new clients).
  7. And some other awesome things that I can’t share right now (I can’t give everything away too soon!).

The purpose will be to create a private alliance of trailblazers where the collective wisdom, experience and motivation of others propels you to new levels of success in work and in life.

You’ll also get an inside look at how I run my business and live on my own terms.

Getting vulnerable again (I need your help)

The idea of doing this scares the hell out of me and makes me feel a bit vulnerable. So again, I need your help on this one.

I really only want to do this if there is enough demand.

So, I’d really like to know:

  • Is this something you’d be interested in?
  • Should I really do this?
  • What do you think?

You are really the one in charge of this community. Your thoughts and encouragement are what inspires me.

If you have a second, I would really appreciate your input. Leave a comment as simple as “Yes, do it!” or “No, you’re insane!” and let me know what you think.

 

Your partner in living deliberately,

Jonathan

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ProcrastWriter
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YES!! I think this is an awesome idea!! I hope I am able to be part of this amazing community… Go for it Jonathan!

las_dos_ashleys
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Definitely do this, Jonathan! Building a community would be such a great way to really empower people on their life’s journey.

CathyPresland
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Go for it Jonathan! I love mastermind groups – they energy and the connection is definitely more than the sum of the parts and I know you would make a wonderful leader / facilitator. Can’t wait to hear more.

Cathy

EvieBurke
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Mastermind groups are a wonderful thing! There are people out there waiting for you to do this, I’m sure of it :)

jcpolk0023
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100% Jonathan

jcpolk0023
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100% Jonathan

jenyshapolk
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100% Jonathan!

cristie'
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Do what you FEEL is right. But don’t analyze your feelings either. The right thing is the simple thing.

So just go for it, either way you decide.

And if you do decide to do it, count me in!

cara_stein
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Hell yeah, do it!!!

Erica Holthausen
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I’m quoting my grandmother, so this swear-word doesn’t count. Ready? Absofuckinglutely! It sounds amazing, beautiful and powerful. Not only will you teach others, but you will learn so much from the experience.

pocketparamedic
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Absolutely, Jonathan. ;) I don’t see any way how this could not be an awesome idea.

LodRose
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i would be, yes and yes!

nateguggia
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Yes do it! And I would be interested in joining

RichardDedor
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Definitely into it! The idea of bringing us together to support and push each other harder is super amazing!

mikerouten
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Yes, do it!

Now that I’ve followed your instructions, I’m going to add my 2 cents. Jonathan you are an amazing person. You bring insight and understanding to the lifestyle design space like no one else can. A Mastermind with you would be freaking insane.

ellen.ercolini
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Yes! You’re one of the only people I can find actively discussing Lifestyle Design, which is what I am building my business around. Your community is fertile and the world needs more of it. I so appreciate your advocacy of this. Suerte!

pdxbookkeeper
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Yes! Especially if the live meetings will be in Portland. Sign me up!

JonathanMead
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@pdxbookkeeper We will definitely be doing at least one of the meetings in Portland. :)

NataliePohley
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@JonathanMead@pdxbookkeeper how about Auburn, CA?:)

wisetara
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What have you got to lose? Not that much, actually. Do it!

schwa
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It’s something I would definitely consider (unfortunately, for me, price can sometimes be a an issue).

I definitely like the idea.

Matcat
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I’m new to following you, but it sounds great being small. It is a time investment for you, but I am interested as it is a $ investment for me.

raeann.williquette
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Do it! I’d love to be a part of something like this.

JonathanMead
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@raeann.williquette Thanks Raeann. We’d love for you to be a part of it too.

mjcwriter
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sounds cool. esp if you come to Chicago

allislistening
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It has been a gift to watch your work and you develop over this past year that I’ve been listening and following. This sounds like an exciting new opportunity for you as well as those that team up and share it with you.

ZahlmZahlm
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Yes!

Dancing Blind Man
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Hi Jonathan – Yes great idea and I’m sure that if you do it it will be a huge success (no doubt leading to a lot of me-too’s as well..)

Thing is I love your stuff & have been following for quite a while, but for a ‘boy from OZ’ these live events are not doable – tyranny of time, distance & costs…

So great idea – you SHOULD do it for your US audience and for those well heeled enough to come in from elsewhere.

I wish you every success with getting it happening!!

teezeng
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No, you’re insane! Just kidding. I think it’s a wonderful idea, Jonathan. Masterminds with other people who are every bit as committed as you are always incredible ways to move forward, fast, and every digital-RL event I’ve ever gone to has been a blast. I would love to see you follow your gut + the only thing I’d say besides go for it! is I hope you really play with the execution, and not feel bound to ways that other mastermind/coaching/live events have been done in the past. I think there’s so much room for new event formats that we… Read more »
JonathanMead
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@teezeng We’re definitely planning on making this thing a bit different, unlike any other event that I’ve seen. It’s a lot of fun when you start thinking about all the possibilities. I’m really excited to see how this will unfold.

denisesmedley
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Yes, do it! No question :)

justinmwhitaker
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Yes, you’re crazy. Which means you should do it!

JonathanMead
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@justinmwhitaker Haha, thanks Justin.

ToyaCharise
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YEEEEESSSSSS! We believe in you!

J_C_Hinkle
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Of course you should do it! This sounds like the perfect opportunity for some really lucky people to make lasting connections and grow as people. it sounds interesting and exciting!

RebeccaZitzelberger
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I’ve just subscribed but I’d love to start off by being involved in some way! I’m extremely interested in helping people find their passions and also helping others to lead happy, successful lives whatever that may be to them. So happy to have found this blog and would love to help and or be involved in any way. = )

JonathanMead
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@RebeccaZitzelberger Welcome to the community Rebecca. We’d love for you to be involved.

donnayee
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Absolutely! You should do it!

barrettallenbrooks
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Absolutely – this sounds excellent. And beyond what everyone else will get out of it, I would imagine it would be incredibly enlightening for you as well. I would love the opportunity to get together with 10-15 people over several meaningful two-day periods and spread great ideas. That’s what it’s all about if you ask me!

JeffMunn
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This is perfect. You know where you need to be is right on your edge, letting the fear show you exactly what you have to do, next. When have you ever backed away from a challenge? Go for it!!!

JonathanMead
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@JeffMunn Thanks Jeff!

Blissandco
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Of course!!! Great idea

rosiemedia
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You’re stretching out into unknown territory: Do it! Sounds like a crazy wonderful endeavor that would drastically change the lives of 10 – 15 lucky people. I’m sure there’d be a wait list for it immediately.

Sibz
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HELL to tha f$*%en YEAH!!!!! It’s much needed. Very bold and inspiring

Caroline B.
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That sounds awesome! Do it!!! :D

rcvane
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Yes Yes and more Yes!

spiritsentient
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Hell yes man. Or heaven yes….

umm….

Succeed! :)

georginaheredia
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Yes, do it. :)

NataliePohley
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effing genius!!!

JonathanMead
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@NataliePohley Woah, this is like the best comment ever. :)

DrehmosBlaze
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It’s a great idea! Would this all be held online?

JonathanMead
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@DrehmosBlaze The events would be in person.

futurederm
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I think this sounds brilliant! And I personally would actually be interested, so I can only imagine how many hundreds of thousands (millions?) of other people might potentially be as well. My only suggestion would be to diversify the people you help: I think it would be instructional+profitable to meet with proven business leaders/established serial entrepreneurs, but also rewarding+fun to meet with everyday joes/first-time business owners (like myself)… And in a much less self-serving sense, my dad always taught me to consider the best and worst case scenario. The worst case scenario here is that you meet amazing people and… Read more »
JonathanMead
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@futurederm Thanks for your interest and encouragement. This is something I’ve been thinking about doing for a long time, and it’s good to know that other people are interested in it as well.

I’ll definitely be doing my best to make sure the group is as diverse as possible, so all who are involved can benefit.

jrg3170
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I’m going to go out on a limb here and be the first person to say no, don’t do it. I’m also going to go out on a limb and say that this post makes you sound incredibly self absorbed.

“This is the only way you can get time with me. You couldn’t buy my time from me if you wanted to..”

Seriously? Who says stuff like that? I say don’t do it that way you can focus your time on sounding like less of a narcissist

spiritsentient
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Interesting. Refreshing answer. Good variety. Conversation starter. Out on a limb. I definitely appreciate it :) Consider the conversation started: “Seriously? Who says stuff like that? “Well jrg3170, I’m not sure who you model yourself after, or what successful people you study, but I can tell you who says stuff like that:A large chunk of happy, successful people — celebrities who’ve touched millions of hearts. If quotes are needed I can dig ’em up, but meh. Hey Oprah, hey Barack, can I buy your time? “Uh, not really, but if I’m inspired I’ll do it.” So yeah, them. Oh, and… Read more »
adrianneIM
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@spiritsentient Thank you for pointing this out in a good productive way. Whenever there is success there will be backlash, but that doesnt mean it is more or less valid than those that agree.

spiritsentient
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@adrianneIM _ M y pleasure, I love sharing what I can. I also love a little props for it. Thanks :) The overall vibe of Jon’s whole expression this post, to me, was heartfelt vulnerability. Stuff he personally, has been afraid of doing. I`ve never felt him to be dishonest, and I don`t imagine it`s started now, no matter how it `looks` to others.

meso
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I hate to say it since I like Jonathan and have followed the blog for a long time–I even bought Paid To Exist back when it was full price–but I have to agree that these latest sales tactics are a bit too much. Saying that one is about to open up and admit serious vulnerabilities, only to learn that it was the lead-up to a new product, just strikes me as dishonest. I’ve been noticing a trend in this direction on the blog, and this was the post that pushed me over the brink to finally unsubscribe.

JonathanMead
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@meso How is this dishonest? I never said that I’m not going to talk about offering something of value to my audience in this discussion of vulnerability. This really does intimidate me quite a bit.

Thanks for being a supporter of this community, and for being a customer.

spiritsentient
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@JonathanMead@meso _ Gentlemen, I’m going to be vulnerable myself. I’m very, very passionate about encouraging the success of others, whether we *understand* that success or not. So I wrote a huge post about this whole thing, here: http://spiritsentient.com/there-is-no-such-thing-as-selling-out

It’s mainly a big clarification that Success + Dishonest Selling Out go hand-in-hand. Jon never lied. There was no dishonesty. He is being authentic and saying what he wants to say. Get over it. Understand it. You’ll be there one day, for it is a traffic light on the high-way of success.

meso
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@JonathanMead Hey Jonathan – Thanks for replying. When you’d originally posted that you were about to be more transparent and vulnerable than you ever have, I was a little concerned, thinking that you’d be talking about the sort of thing that most people talk about when they describe themselves as ‘being vulnerable’: perhaps admitting a personal weakness or hardship, maybe even something from your personal life that you hadn’t talked about before on the blog. When the next post was essentially a description of your new product, with the fact that the idea of doing it makes you feel a… Read more »
spiritsentient
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@meso@JonathanMead _ One of the most beautiful and respectful comments I’ve seen in the blogosphere. Looks very very good on you sir. <claps mesos back> – Way to express in a way that helps everyone, man!This made my night! Thank you!

meso
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@spiritsentient@JonathanMead Thanks, Jason. I appreciate the kind words. :)

JonathanMead
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@meso@spiritsentient Thanks Meso, I’m really glad that we could talk about this. It’s hard for me sometimes, because the nature of my business *is* very emotional, and personal. At the same time, I’m mixing or integrating business and service into that communication. It’s often a challenge for me to find the right balance. Reminders like this keep encouraging me to push further to find the right resonance.

AngelaOrecchio
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Yes do it! Sounds amazing.

uJim
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I think it is a good idea. If you have the time and resources to do it properly, I think it would be beneficial for the ten to fifteen involved.

From a personal perspective, I doubt that I could afford a project of this nature.

If you do it right, and provide value and inspiration to the participants, you won’t feel vulnerable, nor will you need encouragement. If you believe in this project, make it happen, and make people’s lives deliberately better.

khumphrey7
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Jonathan, you were meant to do this! Woohoo!! Go for it and you’ll watch your life absolutely transform…

And for those nay-sayers – don’t let their negative personal projections keep you from doing it. The fact that anyone is strongly opposed means you’re doing the right thing!

ethanwaldman
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For sure! I know you could bring an amazing amount of expertise to a mastermind group. They would be a lucky bunch :)

spiritsentient
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@jozz79 _ Interesting. I love the back and forth here :D I’ve read your opinion, and understand that you feel Jonathan has changed in a way you don’t prefer.

I’m curious good sir… do you sell a product? Are you successful? How far along are you on your path of Getting Paid To Exist? Can you explain what “sellout” means, or is it a buzzword you’ve not really put conscious thought into?

jozz79
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@spiritsentient

I’d love to accomodate your curiousness, but unfortunately my post has been deleted, and with that my interest in giving more feedback here.

spiritsentient
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@jozz79 _ Hahahaha all good man, I think I can figure it out on my own.Nice to meet ya, and thanks for contributing :) Rock on chief, keep doing your thing!

jozz79
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@spiritsentient

You’re welcome spiritsentiend. Of course I’ll keep on doing my thing, which includes being inspired by inspirational people like Jonathan, but as well questioning things for valid reasons.

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