Friday, February 08, 2008

MasterMinds and Snow Angels

Well, we've been busy lately with our heads down grinding out all things "startup''. Brendan wrote about how nice it is to have a great team. I share his feelings. One of the most influential books I've read is Napolean Hill's Think and Grow Rich. Hill describe what he called the Mastermind principle as the “coordination of knowledge and effort in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose.” There are 2 characteristics of the Mastermind. One is a economic advantage that arises from sharing and cooperation with others utilizing the Philosophy of Achievement. Hill also believed that the human mind is a form of energy, part of it spiritual in nature. He states that when the minds of two people are coordinated in a spirit of harmony, the spiritual units of energy of each mind form an affinity, which constitutes the "psychic" phase of the Master Mind. Hill states: "No two minds ever come together without, thereby, creating a third, invisible, intangible force which may be likened to a third mind." This force, Hill reasoned, was tremendously valuable and ultimately the source of true wealth.

To me, Hill means that while there are economic advantages of combining 2 or more talents, true success is in the journey taken with others as you work together in harmony.

One of my favorite expressions from Hill is: "Whatever the mind of man [woman] can conceive and believe, it can achieve." Back in Hill''s day, no one used gender inclusive language so we excuse him for that. A great team is required to assemble that mastermind to conceptualize, believe and create that plan for achievement.

You know, it's amazing what you can do - I mean really do...


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