Did you know that half of all businesses are closed within their first year, 80% are gone within five years and that 96% of all businesses fail within 10 years? That means that only 4% of all businesses last more than 10 years. That just means that they are "still standing," even if they are not "profitable."
My name is Cliff Ravenscraft and I know just how difficult it is to get a business off the ground. In 2008, I left a successful 12-year career in the insurance industry to pursue my own journey of full-time, self-employment, so that I could do the work that I felt most called to do in this world.
I am thankful for all the sales training and customer service experience that those years as an insurance agent provided. However, having lived a lifetime as an "employee" up to that point, I realized, real quickly, just how much I didn't know about what it took to actually own and operate my own business.
My first full year of full-time self-employment was riddled with self-doubt, overwhelm from all that I was being told I needed to do, and lack of clarity of what I needed to focus on next. As a result, that first year was the most difficult year, financially, that I have ever experienced in my lifetime. Not only that, I had never felt so "alone" in what I was trying to do in the world.
I can tell tell you that those difficult times were definitely worth it. However, with that said, looking back from the perspective of knowing what I know today, I now realize that things didn't have to be quite so hard.
I'm happy to report that I've beat the odds. My online business is not only still alive, more than 10 years later, it has been thriving, financially (beyond my wildest imagination), since 2010.
I learned that your life will be the direct reflection of the expectations of your peer group.
The truth is that every successful person got to where they are by following the guidance and advice of someone who went before them.
Watch the video below to understand the value of the Mastermind Group and learn how it can it can help you accomplish more in a single year than you could hope to accomplish on your own.
The Next Level Mastermind Group is a paid mastermind group that is designed for those who are on the journey of growing their business through full-time, self-employment.
To qualify for membership, you must meet the following requirements.
Watch the following video to give you even deeper insights as to the Next Level Mastermind has to offer to you.
It was in 2010 that I had learned about the "Mastermind Principle" and immediately launched my very first "official" mastermind group alliance.
A mastermind group, as I define it, is “two or more individuals, who join together in a spirit of perfect harmony, that meets on a consistent basis and where each member of the group is 100% committed to the success of every other member in the group."
The concept of the mastermind was popularized by Napoleon Hill in his book, “Think and Grow Rich.”
Hill stated, that through your participation in a healthy mastermind group, "you may borrow and use the education, the experience, the influence and perhaps the capital of other people in carrying out your own plans in life."
In October 2010, I was working with Pat Flynn, helping him launch his "Smart Passive Income" podcast. Through our conversations, I learned that he had recently discovered the mastermind principle as well. I knew that Pat was someone that I would trust to enter into a mastermind relationship with, so I asked him if he would join me in the start of our own mastermind group. He said yes and our personal and professional lives have grown in ways that neither of us would have imagined at the time. You can learn more about how Pat and I met and the origin story of our mastermind group in episode 2 of my Upgrade Your Peer Group Podcast.
Our mastermind group has met on a weekly basis since October 2010. Today, our group is known as the "Green Room Mastermind Group" which is made up of myself, Pat Flynn (Smart Passive Income), Michael Stelzner (Social Media Examiner), Ray Edwards (Ray Edwards International), Mark Mason (Late Night Internet Marketing) and Leslie Samuel (BecomeABlogger.com).
Below are a few of the benefits that that you will experience from your participation within a healthy mastermind group.
My desire is that you have an understanding of the Mastermind Principle and what being in a mastermind group is all about.
While is it not typically recommended that you provide links to anything else on a sales page, such as this, if you still need more insight about the power of mastermind groups before applying for the Next Level Mastermind, I want to invite you to click here to check out my "Upgrade Your Peer Group" podcast.
The Next Level Mastermind is for those who are on the journey of full-time self employment and who are fully dedicated to their personal and professional growth, so that their business is the fullest expression of their true selves. Below are a few testimonials from existing members of the Next Level Mastermind.
“The Next Level Mastermind is the best investment I have made in myself, my family and my business by far! Had I not joined this mastermind group, I may have lived my entire life, and not lived the life that, ultimately, God created me to live. If you’re ready to take your life and your business to the next level, don’t miss this opportunity.”
Business Coach / Entrepreneur
“The Next Level Mastermind has held me to a higher standard of what I should be charging and helped be break through limiting beliefs and self-doubt that would have kept me from experiencing the success that was I was capable of achieving. Also, when I joined the group, I was pursuing a product that I felt that I "should" create. However, in my first hot seat, other options, that I had not previously considered, were presented. Today, I am pursuing products and services that are more in line with who I am and what I want to do in this season of my life.”
Business Coach / Entrepreneur
"Because of the Next Level Mastermind, I am now laser focused on my goals and have workable steps to achieve every one of them. All of my projects are moving forward and gaining traction - when before I had just been spinning my wheels. Cliff and the other mastermind members are always there when I need them. Knowing they believe in me, and are rooting for my success, is amazing. I always thought I could achieve anything I set my mind to - now I believe it!. ”
Elder Law Attorney / Entrepreneur
“If we are not careful, our focus can get stuck, "zoomed in" on the tasks and transactions that have to happen in our business. I look forward to each, weekly, meeting with the Next Level Mastermind, which allows me to "pan out" and see the bigger picture of where my business is heading. Also, being a part of a group of other business owners who are "panning out" and evaluating the direction of their own businesses is invaluable. Meeting with this group is the highlight of my week.”
Executive Coach / Entrepreneur
I worked with Cliff as a business mentor for many years. Knowing that he would deliver an amazing mastermind group experience, I had decided to sign up before he even committed to start it. Cliff and our mastermind group helped me dare to drop a few projects, giving me the focus I needed to become extremely successful in helping people with one service at a time. Now I am able to focus more on the work that really matters most to me and to those I serve each week. With this pace I will have helped more people using my unique gift, in the next year, than during my previous ten years combined.
Business intelligence Coach
“Being part of a mastermind with Cliff is so much more than what I expected. Beyond the like-mindedness, and accountability, I have discovered a group of people that advise and support each other, both in business and personal pursuits. I am excited to be a member of a group that provides me with so much, and to whom I can give back in return. They are more than colleagues; they are friends that are helping me become a better version of myself.”
I'm a huge believer in the mastermind concept. Cliff Ravenscraft does a mastermind better than any other I've experienced. I have taken steps to grow my business that I know I would have never taken had it not been from the encouragement and confidence that I have gained from other members of this group.
If you're looking to take your business to the next-level I know of no better value for your time and money than Cliff's Next Level Mastermind!
Real Estate Investment Coach
Cliff and the Next Level Mastermind have been a huge help and inspiration in pushing my business forward. The whole mastermind group goes above and beyond to serve one another. Every week, I come away with new insights and ideas from group members that have been through the same troubles and roadblocks that I’m currently facing. I’ve been going at my business as a lone ranger for a while. Now I couldn’t imagine going back to doing it alone. I wish I had this mastermind group sooner!
Entrepreneur, Online Course Creator
"As an entrepreneur, we are tempted to compare ourselves to sensationalized examples of the very best that everyone else has to offer. In the Next Level Mastermind, I'm encouraged by the authentic way that other members will share what they did and how, sometimes, it didn't work out as well as they hoped, and what they learned as a result. We have this weekly opportunity to be far more relevant and real to one another. It encouraging to know that we all face the same problems and that we're not alone in the obstacles that we have to overcome."
Business Coach / Entrepreneur
"The Next Level Mastermind has literally changed my life. Not just my business life, which has really taken off since joining. This group has also had a powerful impact on my personal life and in my personal relationships with others.
After each of our weekly meetings, I am absolutely buzzing with positive energy, feeling like I could take on anything the world throws my way."
Attorney / General Counsel To New & Small Businesses
"Within one month of working with Cliff as my business mentor, I had already began to generate "recurring revenue." My next dream was to join Cliff's Next Level Mastermind. Mission Accomplished! Today, I have experienced the realization of dreams that I didn't even know that I had two years ago. The amount of ongoing inspiration and encouragement to "up my game" is priceless. I look forward to the 90 minutes that I get to spend with Cliff and the other members of my mastermind group every single week. Don't put this off. I encourage you to apply today!"
Life Coach & Goal Achievement Specialist
"I knew I wanted to join the Next Level Mastermind. However, if you have a "day job," you must have a commitment to become full-time self-employed within 12 to 18 months. I had operated a "side business" for two years and this requirement was just the push I needed to take my side business to the next level. I thought I could "maybe" transition into self-employment within that time frame. Long story short, within six months of joining the group, I had successfully left the day job and my income is far greater than I would have dreamed. My full story is featured in episode 563 of The Cliff Ravenscraft Show."
IT Specialist, WordPress Hosting & Managment
"Before joining the Next Level Mastermind, I had attempted to get the "online training" side of my business up and running for two or three years with little success. After my very first hot seat, I was blown away. I came away with the exact, step-by-step, process that would allow me to turn my dreams into reality. I've made more progress in the first three months than I had in the previous three years."
Lifestyle Business Coach / Entrepreneur
I've been facilitating mastermind groups for more than three decades. In 2010, I launched a mastermind group that would be focused on professional business growth called the Green Room Mastermind. If you have been following me for any amount of time, you may recognize a few of the names below. These folks have been making the weekly Green Room Mastermind meetings the number one business priority in their weekly schedule for more than a decade. I've asked each of them to share a brief testimonial for the sales page for my Next Level Mastermind Group. Here's what they have to say.
“Cliff and I started a mastermind group together back in 2010, and it was one of the smartest decisions I've ever made. Beyond bringing his expert knowledge to the group about building an honest online business that serves first, his support for me, emotionally, through my own personal struggles of growing an online business has been so important in my own story. If you have the opportunity to join a mastermind group led by Cliff, he will be an important part of your story, too.”
Smart Passive Income
“I've been involved in quite a few mastermind groups over the past decade. The most value has come from my participation in The Green Room Mastermind. What makes this Mastermind Group different from all the others? Simple: Cliff Ravenscraft’s leadership, and his commitment to maximizing the value for every member of the group. If you get the chance to be part of a group with Cliff - seize that opportunity!”
Ray Edwards International, Inc
“Having masterminded with Cliff for many years, I can strongly endorse Cliff's commitment to making sure everyone in the group gets the maximum amount of value from their investment in the group. Cliff will help you overcome mindset issues and push you forward towards your desired future.”
Social Media Examiner
The Green Room Mastermind Group, which is run by Cliff, is the best part of my week every Wednesday. Everything that a mastermind should be — and more. Cliff has a natural talent for both challenging and pouring value into people, and the mastermind format is one of his most powerful tools. I can honestly say that I recommend Cliff’s groups enthusiastically to anyone who wants to take their “stuff” to the next level.
Late Night Internet Marketing
After masterminding with Cliff, on a weekly basis for over a decade, I can say with complete certainty that anyone who masterminds with him will experience success beyond what they are looking for. Cliff has a knack for getting to the core of what you’re struggling with and gets fully invested in helping you accomplish your goals. If you’re on the fence about joining, trust me - do it now.
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