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Our first meeting was on Friday 4th which coincided with my last day at a job I hated (yes, I quit, I wasn't fired).
In fact, the decision to run the course came soon after I tendered my resignation. It seems - for me anyway - that once you start making changes in one area of life, the momentum kinda kicks in.
Just to be clear here, I have never initiated any kind of group in my life. In fact I'm not much of a 'joiner' either (until last week I wasn't even of Facebook) so this was a BIG deal for me to put my hand up.
Once the meetup map went up, I nervously watched to see if anyone in Brisbane would set one up and then I decided to just do it. I invited a couple of friends that are in a personal growth phase right now and was having a think about who else might be interested when 'strangers' started adding their names to the meetup page. Holy crap, I didn't expect that! I booked a public venue (a room in our city library) for the meeting so any nervousness about meeting strange men (sorry Jason and Niv) could be put to rest.
Friday rolled around pretty fast and we ended up with a group of 7 people. What a fantastic group! I started everyone off with an introduction about themselves and what attracted them to the course and then it just naturally flowed from there. Not everyone had done all the homework but I had anticipated this and it didn't really matter too much. The topic for the first week really helped break the ice and everyone shared honestly.
Our group is made up of people at different stages along the continuum of starting their own project - some have their own businesses already, some are building something on the side and some are searching for the idea that will move them forward. What's wonderful about this is that the early adopters will be able to help the searchers to find their way and I already see this dynamic starting to occur.
I am so happy that I made the commitment to do this - with the smallest commitment of time and energy, I already feel that I have been paid back 100 fold! Make no mistake - this has been a life changing experience.