A few weeks ago I applied to be in a Mastermind. For those of you who don’t know what a Mastermind is, it is when a group of peers come together with the shared intention of brainstorming, education, peer accountability and support in a group setting in order to sharpen their business and personal skills. I have heard countless tutorials of their immense help from people who have participated in them.
This particular Mastermind is with a man named Aubrey Marcus. Here is a link to his website https://www.aubreymarcus.com. He is an entrepreneur, author, and podcast voice and his mission is to help people empower themselves so they are better able to create positive change in the world. I’m a HUGE fan and student of his.
I didn’t really expect to get in. Well, that’s not true. I knew I had a shot and that I at least had to try. If I didn’t get in, no big deal. Nothing lost. So why not give it a go?
I went to the website and submitted the initial application form. A week later, a woman from Aubrey’s company contacted me via email with some follow up questions. I answered them in the most honest way I could. I said “hey, this is me, this is what I’m doing, this is what I want to do, and this is how and why I want to do it”. I sent her a link to my blog, gave her my very new Instagram handle (is that the right word?), and just went for it!
Guess what, you guys? I GOT IN. Just goes to show it never hurts to try.
This Mastermind is my dream. It is a program focused on preparing people to be Fit For Service, specifically people who have a clear mission to protect people and planet, bring humanity from suffering to happiness, and to do so with love and compassion. This is why I’m here. I don’t say this to single myself out, because I do believe we are all here to do this, but I KNOW that I am here to DO THIS right now. This blog. This Mastermind. This work. The time is now, the place is right.
About five years ago I working as a server at a Country Club for the summer. One afternoon, I was sitting with the General Manager and Head of Operations because I had apparently impressed them with my work ethic and social skills. They wanted to promote me, and at one point the Head of Operations, whose name was David, asked me what I wanted to do with my life. “I’m assuming you don’t want to be a server forever”, were his exact words. “What do you want to do?”. Without a second thought, I looked him straight in the eye, and said, “I want to change the world”.
Five years later, that desire hasn’t changed. It’s grown stronger.
The thing is, it’s expensive. I’m just going to say it. The tuition for the entire year is $10,000. I need $950 to secure my spot and I just don’t have that kind of money right now. But will this stop me? Hell no! Come hell or high water, I am charging towards my dreams. Where there’s a will there’s a way and my will right now is enormous and powerful.
So here I am, asking you to support me. I am asking with all of my heart and soul. I need a little help. I have created a space with GoFundMe where you can donate money towards my tuition. Check it out at https://www.gofundme.com/helping-riah-get-fit-for-service. If all you want to donate is a single dollar, that is awesome! Please do it. If 10,000 people each donated a dollar, that would be the coolest thing ever. What an awesome way to reach a goal!
More than your money, however, I am asking you to help spread the word. You just never know who will see this. If you feel comfortable posting this to your Facebook and/or Instagram accounts, please do it. Thank you, I love you. If not, thank you, I love you. Perhaps you have an uncle, coworker, or childhood friend who has disposable income (or knows a friend or an uncle or a coworker who has disposable income) and wants to help a young writer reach the next level within her business and herself. Send them this blog post via email or talk to them in person. You just never know who will say yes.
If you are a company and you offer sponsorships/scholarships to young bloggers, entrepreneurs, or creatives, please reach out 🙂 Let’s connect. Or if you have other fundraising ideas, my ears are open. I would love to connect with you.
Or, if it turns out I need to work five jobs in order to make this happen. Amen, I will do it.
This world is ours to create. With each decision, we decide what happens next. Right now, I have decided that I live in a world where I am able to be a part of this experience. This is the world that I am creating. This is the world that I live in.
Thank you, thank you, thank you ❤
Now, go do great things.