Masterminding occurs when two or more individuals get together in the spirit of cooperative harmony to accomplish some goal, activity or result. Almost all of the great accomplishments and miraculous achievements of history were brought about through the power of this principle. Mastermind Group members act as an advisory group for each other, help create amazing and powerful ideas, and support each other in personal and professional achievement at a level that is uniquely possible through the collaborative group experience.
Benjamin Franklin is credited with being one of the first to establish a Mastermind Group, which he called the Junto (Latin for meeting). His original group was formed to provide a forum for structured discussion. He called together a group of friends including printers, surveyors, merchants, a cabinet maker, a cobbler and a clerk. The group consisted of twelve members sharing a spirit of inquiry and desire to help others and improve themselves and their community.
In the early 1900’s another group formed in Chicago. Six men who had big ideas, but little money started meeting every Saturday at a local restaurant for dinner. These men put Chicago on the map, becoming worth several million dollars each which at the time was an exceedingly enormous amount of money. The group became known as the Chicago Six. You may have heard of some of them: One was Charles Wrigley, who created the Wrigley’s Chewing Gum empire. Another was William Hertz, who built the Yellow Cab Company. Their businesses were started and succeeded with the great help of their Mastermind Alliance.
In 1908 Napoleon Hill was commissioned by Andrew Carnegie (then the richest man in the world) to interview the 504 most successful people of his day. The objective was to find what success has in common. Nearly 30 years later, in 1937, Dr. Napoleon Hill published his timeless classic, “Think & Grow Rich.” In his personal interviews and observations of the most successful people of his day, he stated, “Analyze the record of any man who has accumulated a great fortune, and many of those who have accumulated modest fortunes, and you will find that they have either consciously or unconsciously employed the ‘Master Mind’ Principle.”
“No individual may have great power without availing himself of the Master Mind. This form of cooperative alliance has been the basis of nearly every great fortune. Your understanding of this truth may definitely determine your financial status.”
Dr. Hill described this 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.”
Hill shares how he learned about MasterMinding from Andrew Carnegie, the richest self-made man on earth in his time. Carnegie told Hill that his wealth and success was due entirely to the MasterMind Process. The MasterMind Principle states: “When two or more people coordinate in a spirit of harmony and work toward a definite objective or purpose, they place themselves in position, through the alliance, to absorb power directly from the great storehouse of the creative mechanism of each contributing mind.”
Napoleon Hill shares his InSights into the mystical quality created when a mastermind group was formed. He said: “No two minds ever come together without, thereby, creating a third, invisible, intangible force which may be likened to a third mind.” In other words, your ability to create things in the world is increased by having that invisible “third mind” of the mastermind group.
MasterMinding is based a premise that the combined energies of two or more like-minded persons is greater than the sum of the individual energies involved. This power is much greater than any one of us is capable of on our own, even though we may be extremely capable. People who become involved in the power of the MasterMind experience dramatic, positive changes in their lives and go on to have happy, successful lives aided by these guiding principles.
Throughout history individuals can attribute success to the MasterMind principle in their lives. James Watt & Matthew Boulton (who started the Industrial Revolution), Andrew Carnegie & JP Morgan, John Rockefeller, Thomas Edison & Henry Ford & Harvey Firestone, The Wright Brothers, William Wrigley Jr., Bill Gates & Paul Allen, and Jack Canfield are just a few examples of individuals who have proven success from belief in the concept.
The InSights Group has conducted MasterMind groups since opening the doors in January of 2008. Much of the success and experiences of the group and it’s members can be attributed to some powerful ideas generated by the power of the MasterMind. We have experienced first hand how teaming up with like-minded people will exponentially accelerate success.
Our groups, like Franklin’s, are limited to 12 participants per group. Our participants are individuals that are entrepreneurial in nature, possess a positive attitude, have a willingness to share experiences and help others, are already successful but still seeking improvement, are highly motivated, are eager to substantially improve income and who value the creative process.
All participants in an InSights Group MasterMind share a common goal to excel in their own field and help one another, and make a substantial contribution to improving the world. The synergy of the group is an important part of being able to create such a positive space for each individual and the group to be an amazing success.
When you share yourself, your dreams and goals with these groups, you will get what you seek. The challenge is often in thinking big enough. Our groups are here to support you in your journey to business and personal success.
If you are interested in joining a MasterMind Group please email firstname.lastname@example.org and answer these questions:
- Why are you interested in joining a Mastermind Group?
- What success are you seeking that you feel a MasterMind can help you achieve?
- What would you most appreciate in a MasterMind Group?
- Are you interested in a local group, or a remote MasterMind membership?
- Is there anything else you feel inspired to share?
If you have any other questions, feel free to send an email, or call and talk to Sandi at 810-623-5839.
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