My early days of entrepreneurship were much like (what I assume is) most people's: I was a solo-preneur.
I brainstormed alone. I learned alone. I ran into hurdles and cried alone.
I wasn't until I swallowed my pride and did the unthinkable that things started to turn around for me: I got help (gasp!).
To start, I simply joined a group of people who, like me, were working on starting an online business. On the very first day, I felt this rush of relief that finally, I wasn't alone anymore. Other people were in the same boat as me! They had the same hopes, fears, and problems! It changed the course of my business...and perhaps even my life.
Groups are a proven way to connect with, learn, and get inspired by others. Research has shown that joining a group – and being accountable to that group – skyrockets your chances of successfully reaching your goal (ANY goal!) to 95%.
When it comes to getting results, there's really nothing else that compares...and it makes sense, because we're wired to be social creatures. It's no wonder, then, why so many groups exist, and why so many people are jumping in and reaping the benefits.
Here are the 5 key benefits of learning in groups:
1) Motivation: Groups can give you major motivation to stay on track and keep going. Self-motivation can come and go, but when you're part of a group, you can always look to the group to give you a boost on days when you're feeling less psyched.
2) Friendship: Everything is more fun with friends! When you have people to connect with, working towards your goal becomes a social experience, and it becomes something you look forward to. When something doesn't feel like work, you're much more likely to want to spend time on it.
3) Troubleshooting: Something will inevitably go wrong or set you back...and when you have support to help you through it, you're much more likely to not give up. Especially when starting an online business, there are so many new things to learn and tackle, and simply knowing that you have someone to ask when you hit a roadblock will relieve some stress.
4) (Healthy) Competition: Who doesn't love a little competition to get you excited?! When you see others who are striving for and reaching the same goals that you have, it naturally inspires you to keep up.
5) Accountability: This is the big one! If no one knows about your goal...what's the harm if you give up on it? Having an accountability partner (or group) keeps you from giving up, because you know they're watching and expecting you to stick with it.