I had the honor of being a guest in John Carlton's Platinum Mastermind meeting last week. 

I've participated in many high-end mastermind groups over the years. 

Some great. 

Some not so great. 

I was a guest in John's mastermind a few years ago and I shared my LinkedIn Made Easy presentation, so I know a lot of the members. 

Getting out of my routine and spending three days with successful business owners and marketers reminded me of something. 

You should never be the smartest one in the room. 

It was really refreshing to spend three days with really smart people. 

Ideas were flowing. 

Out of the box thinking. 

Different perspectives. 

"Friendly" debates. 

Being in this environment raises your game to a new level. 

I'm in a few online mastermind groups where I keep my finger on the pulse of what's happening. 

At least I thought I was keeping up. 

When you engage with people at the Platinum level, you get the real story. 

The insider's view. 

People you think are crushing it are actually struggling. 

On the surface, it looks like they're offering leading-edge training but they're selling you what worked yesterday. 

In just about any market, 20% are making some money. 

5% are crushing it. 

And 80% are just getting by or not making any money. 

I learned this after I received my coaching certification in 2001. 

I saw a survey a few years ago from the International Coaching Federation that said 95% of coaches earn less than $35,000 a year. 

On the surface, everything looks rosy. 

When you peek behind the curtain you see what's really going on. 

Knowing what's really going on in your industry will enable you to be among the 5% who are crushing it. 

Are you tired of being the smartest person in the room? 

I'm going to get 8-10 really smart people together for a private mastermind group. 

Would you like to join us? 

About the author 

Ted Prodromou

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I'm the #1 best-selling author of Ultimate Guide to LinkedIn for Business and Ultimate Guide to Twitter for Business. People call me America's Leading LinkedIn Coach.

I'm the founder of Search Marketing Simplified, LLC, a full service online marketing agency. The SMS team designs and implements advanced LinkedIn and social media lead-generation strategies for small to medium-sized businesses. SMS will set up and manage your marketing funnels using organic, social and paid traffic.

Did you know I've been working with the internet since 1991, long before Al Gore invented it?

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