The Mastermind And The Pirate Queen


It was an intense week. I took an early Wednesday morning flight to Dallas to meet my client and prepare for his weekend event. My client does many things – entrepreneurs are wired that way. One of the roles he has is to facilitate a mastermind group, and it so happens I’ve had the opportunity to be a member of this mastermind.

Wednesday and Thursday we prepped the materials and organized what we could before the doors opened for the mastermind event on Friday morning.

The two-day event was jam-packed with insight, counsel, epiphanies, and clarity moments. Exactly the purpose of a mastermind.

(Side note: If you’re not sure what a mastermind is, I’ll try to summarize: it’s a group of like-minded individuals coming together to spur one another on in business and life goals, to encourage one another to achieve the next and best levels of their business and their potential, and to hold one another accountable in the journey.) 

After my personal strategy session, where I unpacked the details of my latest business venture, one of the mastermind members turned to me and said, “I am SO excited for you!”

That moment, with someone sharing in my vision and goal, was pivotal for me.

Saturday evening we attended a college production of the musical “The Pirate Queen”. If you haven’t seen it, move it to the top of your list. A fantastic musical and a powerful plot. I won’t give it away, but I will say this: when I landed in Dallas, one of the first things my client said was, “I forgot you have a reddish tint to your hair.”

Because I am an Irish Pirate Queen.

Not really, but after I watched that musical, I was touched and moved in ways I can’t aptly explain. What I got from it, which I’m sure wasn’t even an intended message, was: God created them, male and female. Not better or worse than another, but male and female. The potential that lies within each is immeasurable. Don’t let your anatomy determine your mastery of life.

Sunday on the flight home, I was exhausted. I had hardly slept, and while I was an active member of the mastermind, I was also an assistant and co-facilitator, making sure we stayed on schedule, had what we needed, everyone was taken care of, etc. I was in the event double-time so to speak. I took an all-too-short snooze on the plane, and when I woke up, we still had half our trip remaining.

I’m not sure what it was, but at some point in my half-asleep stupor, I came to a realization. I wasn’t simply returning home from a work trip. I wasn’t simply finished helping a client pull off an event. I was a business owner, returning home with a plan and action steps to build my business going forward.

I sat up straighter. I smiled to myself.

Grace O’Malley led a nation of loyal men and women to defend their country and their traditions. Queen Elizabeth I led a nation and an empire without a king. Valerie Kleppen led a movement giving other women, mothers especially, the chance to pursue – and achieve – their dreams.

“I am SO excited for you!” said my fellow mastermind member. And I concur – I am so excited for me, too.