15 Jan Legacy Forum vs. Junto Club
Some people believe that Legacy Forum (LF) predates all mastermind groups; obviously, not so. In fact, LF is nascent (circa 2016) compared to the third oldest organization, Junto Club (Junto), which was started by Benjamin Franklin in 1727.
Called by Franklin a club or structured form of mutual improvement, it served as a forum to debate morals, politics, and natural philosophy.
Members numbered 12, from diverse occupations and backgrounds – printer, clerk, cabinet maker, etc. Much like LF, Franklin required participation from each member to produce one or more queries; once in three months, each was asked to produce and read his essay on any topic (read business plan for LF).
Again, similar to LF, Junto members were to tell their truth in a positive way; disputes and “desire of victory” were prohibited. Thus, each member was free to discuss ideas and opinions in a non-threatening, confidential setting.
There was also a list of questions Franklin delivered to guide the Junto discussions. A few of these follow:
- Have you met with anything in the author you last read, remarkable, or suitable to be communicated to the Junto? Particularly in history, morality, poetry, physics, travels, mechanics, arts, or other parts of knowledge?
- What new story have you lately heard agreeable for telling in conversation?
- Has any citizen in your knowledge failed in his business lately, and what have you heard of the cause?
- Have you lately heard of any citizen’s thriving well, and by what means?
- Have you lately heard how any present rich man, here or elsewhere, got his estate?
The essence of a viable mastermind includes the following:
- Members are encouraged to express themselves, in a variety of ways.
- Current and impactful knowledge and ideas are freely shared.
- Individual growth occurs naturally, as a result of making better presentations in a friendly setting.
- Members learn to trust one another, which enhances the quality of referrals.
- The comradery enhances the building of closer relationships, which makes for fun and productive meetings.