This week I'm very excited to welcome Guest Blogger Graphic Designer and all round creative person Charlotte Rotheram. Charlotte runs the very successful www.itchypalm.co.uk as well as the awesome network group www.yorkshireconnected.org.uk I won't keep you any longer, let's hand over to Charlotte:
Recently I’ve been reading Napolean Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich”, one of the very first self help books designed to motivate and instruct the reader how to use their determination and imagination to go out there and make money; although it was written in the early part of the 20th century, many of it’s themes and ideas are still relevant today.
As the old cliche goes: “there’s no such thing as a self made man”, and Napolean Hill alludes to the fact that you need other people to achieve your goals: supporters, investors, suppliers, the people to whom you’re selling your product or service, but the most important people during the development of your idea must be your team because it doesn’t matter how good you are, you cannot do everything by yourself.
What constitutes a team though? A group of people working together, making progress towards a particular goal could be described as a team; but why are people on that team and where did they come from?
Some people on the team are driven by money, they’ll put in 100 percent effort because at the end of the day they want a monetary reward and think that reward will only materialise through hard work.
Someone else might be there because they’ve been told to be there by their employer; they’re not interested in the product or other members of the team and will put in a mediocre effort because they just want to get through the day.
Somebody else on the team might love one aspect of the project, such as the technology; they will work on the product in their own time without getting paid because that’s what gives them pleasure.
I’m sure you can think of other team member types you’ve either worked with or heard about: the clueless manager who’s all bluster, the dogsbody who does the tasks no-one else wants to do, or the person who believes they’re carrying everybody else and the project would collapse without them.
Teams such as these are full of disharmony and Hill dismisses them in favour of The Master Mind Group.
A Master Mind Group is: ‘the coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people for the attainment of a definite purpose’.
Unlike a disparate team, people in a Master Mind Group work together because they want to achieve the same goal, they want to be there rather than having to be there. A cooperative alliance such as this has been the basis of many a great fortune; people who are like minded, that we can rely on for support, advice, and imagination are worth much more than people working to their own agendas at the cost of the project.
Freelancers are in a great position to create their own Master Mind Group, they aren’t limited to the pool of people available in a traditional business, ideally a freelancer can pick and choose who they want to work with on which project; the only problem is finding the right people.
How do you meet people with the same definite purpose? How do you meet people who’ll support you, people who’ll give you advice, people who’ll join with you and push you to achieve your desire because that’s their desire?
That would be where Yorkshire Connected comes in. The point of Yorkshire Connected is simple: to bring together free-lancers within the creative industries in Yorkshire. By getting these people in the same room they have the opportunity to meet potential future team mates who have a range of skills and experience.
Interested? Watch the video below to find out more about Yorkshire Connected and Charlotte.