I’m in the middle of reading a book, a very thick book (just shy of 600 pages actually), that I would never have considered reading had a close friend whose advice and guidance I trust not recommended it first. Originally published in 1928, it’s called The Law Of Success by Napoleon Hill. The name might not ring a bell, but you’ve probably heard of the abridged version released nine years later and re-titled
Think And Grow Rich. Yeah, that’s what I thought.
When I initially learned that the book was over 80 years old, I balked at the idea. What could an ancient manuscript like The Law Of Success have to teach me about being successful in 2011? Famous last words. There’s probably a pretty good reason that a book that came out before the stock market crashed in 1929 is even still in print: It’s filled with some timeless material that resonates regardless of what era you happen to be living in. One of the concepts Hill imparts immediately made me think of websites and how central they are these days: Master Mind theory.
Put succinctly in a quote by the author himself: “A Master Mind is a unique concept that leverages the collective power of the group, creating a Third Mind.” Translating this idea into modern speech, a Master Mind is simply what we would call a ‘meeting,’ ‘conference’ or perhaps even a ‘chat room’ between two or more people engaged in a specific discussion. Boards of Directors and senior staff do this in business all the time all over the world. People have also begun to put this into practice online via discussion threads in forums, which in turn may develop into communities all dedicated to pursuing a given topic or dialogue.
The third mind engaged is not a mind per se, of course, but rather acts as a representation of the collective creative energy between two or more people who decide to team together in order to improve something, or push one another into an new arena of thought. And
thanks once again to the growing powers of the internet, you don’t have to sit in some stuffy board room anymore wearing a suit and tie
in order to still reap the benefits of the first law of Napoleon Hill’s treatise on success. All you need are three basic elements: a computer, an internet connection, and a website so you can market yourself and your product(s).
However, as with all things, there’s a few warnings to keep in mind: be very careful about whom you choose to join your Master Mind group be it online or in-person. You want to make certain that you’re all dedicated to the common goal (each individual’s success, the business success, etc.). If there is no succinct harmony within the group, it’s very unlikely, according to Hill, that you’ll come up with the kinds of creative ideas that will produce positive outcomes. Online groups can certainly make this a more daunting task as anyone can join the chat, but if you approach it with care and some intuitive clarity, you should still be able to form an effective unit of like-minded souls.
So what are you waiting for? Get busy and build your online presence with a cool website! With billions of people all over the world
surfing the Net, itching to make meaningful connections with others, there’s bound to be a community of your own somewhere out there that’s just waiting to take shape and help your businesses grow. Your Master Mind awaits!