Happy Friday to you!
I’ve been meaning to get a note out to each one of our InSights Group friends to catch you up on what has been going on, and what the transitions have meant. I’ll cover that in this note to hopefully bring you up to speed, and invite you to see more of us, or as much of us, as you would like.
A little bit of history:
You may have noticed that the InSights Group was quiet for a while. We have been. To catch you up on the story, Al Curtis and I, started the original InSights Group on Grand River in Brighton in January of 2008. We created a place that people could come together, learn/grow/share and connect. Our hope was that if we could find a sense of community and coming together, together with you, we could make the world a better place.
Our community grew to include entrepreneurs and amazing individuals. Mastermind groups, Ladies Night events, and fun mixers were pretty routine. Then we (Al and I), found ourselves on the road quite a bit teaching entrepreneurs around the country about social media and organic marketing. We had to do this to support the space, and continue to grow ourselves and the clubhouse. We found ourselves away from the clubhouse more than we were present, and our activities and group events grew further and further apart.
Around the same time this was happening, we were approached by the Well Church who wanted to take over our space. We contemplated our options, and at the time decided since the group energy was changing, and we were on the road more, it made sense to take them up on their offer. We took the deal, and moved into a new space on the east side of town (InSights II).
Many of you joined us at our second location. We continued mixers, classes, our Mastermind Group and Book Clubs. While we loved being able to meet, the new location just didn’t feel like home. Participation was also declining, as more entrepreneurs either found success they were seeking, or in many cases, those displaced by job loss in 2008 were returning to full time gigs. We made the difficult decision to move out of our second InSights home and spent some time deciding what to do next in our super secret hideout in Downtown Brighton.
The Relaunch of the Pool Company
Through much of 2011 and 2012 Al and I were still traveling, teaching, and masterminding with our original Thursday mastermind group which still meets every week. We had also begun applying our social media and marketing strategies to the swimming pool company (Legendary Escapes) that Al had owned since the mid 90′s – we had put the growth of the pool company on the back burner for several years while focusing on expanding InSights, and decided to pick it back up. This renewed energy resulted in some amazing things happening, including the launch of the nationally known Ask the Pool Guy brand.
While we were thrilled that things were going so well, we also very much missed the community that was lost in a sense after closing our first InSights location. As much as I’d like to look back on it and think it was magical all the time, I also realize that it served it’s purpose during a time it was really needed, and then it needed to change.
That brings us to the present.
In October last year, Al and I, together with our Thursday Mastermind Group, decided we really wanted to be able to bring the clubhouse environment back. We found a location in Brighton that was perfect for housing the swimming pool company, and a meeting location for mastermind groups, classes, and mixers.
We signed on the dotted line, InSights’d the place up a bit, and started to have monthly mixers again. We’ve also slowly but surely been adding events to the calendar, run by our clubhouse supporters, to bring back more opportunities to get together, grow and become inspired.
As I shared with my mastermind group this week, I absolutely crave my Thursday morning mastermind fix. I also LOVE our community, bringing people together and hosting mixers and mind expanding events. It is such an important part of my life that keeps me inspired that it’s simply something that I have to do. I have to support this “habit” of being around inspiring people, big thinkers, and people who can see beyond the normal things in life to the extraordinary.