Have you read Napolean Hills “Think and Grow Rich“? I try to read it often, as I know many succesful business people attribute their success to the timeless principles stated in this book.
It’s amazing how some great principles can stand the test of time…
In the book Think and Grow Rich, Napolen Hill talks about the revolutions of his era. Things we take for granted nowadays. Things like:
- the light bulb
- the motor car and
- formation of giant steel companies
It’s amazing to think that this book was written in a completely different time, but the principles taught in it are still reveered today…
Napolean Hill states that:
The “Master Mind” may be defined as: “Coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people, for the attainment of a definate purpose.”
No individual may have great power without availing himself of the “Master Mind”.
In this book, the context of the mastermind was largely influenced by the era it was written – in the early 1900’s.
In that era, a Mastermind typically consisted of a group of driven business people. Or, on the other end of the spectrum were selfless leaders of human rights like Mahatma Gandhi.
It fascinates me to realise that the Mastermind is starting to find a new power in our modern life. Everyday, large groups of ordinary people are now interracting and sharing opinions in a way that creates the same type of power and influence of the industrial age Mastermind. As a business owner, it is surprising to think that your Mastermind can actually be your customers, your suppliers, even your competitors if you are clever!!
Today, we listen to our customers and provide them with a means to input into product development, marketing – even distribution and direct sales through providing referrals and building communities.
This new style of businesses is capable of operating with a lean management overhead, hence a new business model has been birthed. Today, there are a growing number of Solopreneurs (solo entrepreneurs, succesfully running their own businesses). These Solopreneurs rely heavily on interractions with their customer & supplier network, to be part of their mastermind to develop business and product strategy. There seems to be a shift away from a small group of executives dictating how the market will receive their products”.
It’s a very exciting time to be in business – one where all people are interracting more and contributing to the direction of businesses based on true desire and need.
Now, with this in mind I ask: Who is in your mastermind and how well do you work with them?