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Your First Mastermind

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by Randy Gage
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Napoleon Hill is probably best known for advocating the power of the Mastermind.  I’m a member of an informal Mastermind group with some bright friends, and another formal Mastermind group with some brilliant colleagues.   I swear by them, but I also am a big believer in another piece of advice from Hill, not as well known…

The first Mastermind alliance you must form is with yourself.

We all have duality, both positive and negative.  And the older most people get, the more they are drawn to the negative side.  This is because the vast majority of subliminal programming and mind viruses circling the globe today are of the negative and limiting variety.

So when you are offered an opportunity, you have two choices:

A) Wow, I could crush with this.

B) That works for other people, but it would never work for me.

When you get an unfavorable medical diagnosis:

A)  Okay.  But I can beat this.

B)  I wonder if I’ll make it.

When a business venture is failing:

A)  What lesson can I take from this to win the next time?

B)  I knew it would fail.  You have to have money to make money.

Every one of us has a “default setting.”  It is the mental attitude that determines whether we automatically go positive – or go negative.

There is a side of you that wants to wallow in victim-hood and validate every setback as preordained.  We absolve ourselves of responsibility, convince ourselves that we gave it our best effort, but it was just not to be.

There is another side of you that believes and has faith.  This side simply does not recognize defeat as anything but a temporary setback; a growing experience and opportunity to learn and modify.

It is this second side of you that creates greatness and does epic things.  That is the side of you that you must nurture.  Get in touch with that side of you and make that your first Mastermind alliance!

-RG

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19 comments
Joe Lee
Joe Lee

Interesting way of putting mastermind with myself. One is being at cause, the other is being at effect.

photogoodsolga
photogoodsolga

Great post! Thank you so much for sharing your valuable thoughts, Randy!

Lisa Jahred
Lisa Jahred

Thanks for another great plug for personal development! It's truly the key to success.

LisaJ9
LisaJ9

Love your insights, Randy! We must take responsibility for the way we react to or think about things. It is what makes the difference between success and failure. Being negative takes a lot of work and energy....I can't understand why people go there!

Great topic! Thanks a bunch.

Lisa

Kent Kopen
Kent Kopen

Love your line... That is the side you must nurture!

Jonathan Okanlawon
Jonathan Okanlawon

I agree with you. Most people live by default, instead of by design.

LeneJytteHansen
LeneJytteHansen

I'm for the A answers - Have been all my life and still there in spirte of age - and I'll ALWAYS believe I somehow can solve things for the better. Otherwise I would not be HERE in this GREAT group - this is a mastermind group in itself - just look the AWESOME people comming here :)

Thank's Randy for being here with your FANTASTIC presence and advice!

Edward D Devero
Edward D Devero

I think most of us have the negative default setting. Even me. Only you can control your thoughts. Think about what you think about. Critically that is.

Ann Feinstein
Ann Feinstein

Reading T$GR is one thing... living it is our Hero's Journey! ... and a Mastermind Alliance keeps it real and on track! Xoxoxo

Gerhard Reheusser
Gerhard Reheusser

Thank you Randy, he is the pope of personal development! Think and grow Rich.

CarlyAlyssaThorne
CarlyAlyssaThorne

I have always lived by the mentality of It takes a Village to Raise a Child, and I live by Teamwork is what makes the Dreams work... I LOVE Good Mastermind Groups and I think they are Vital to ONES growth-having the OPEN HONEST Feedback, Support, others Creativity and expertise...

 

Thanks for another GREAT Post..

Jonathan1
Jonathan1

Wow.. so GREAT Randy.. Thank you!! Fortunately, my mindset tends towards the first responses you've mentioned.. And a Mastermind group is what I aspire to build.. I took the first step by aligning with someone in the film/TV industry as a paid adviser who will open doors to others.. Regardless, I'm a BIG believer in what you've laid out here.. "Things turn out BEST for the people that make the BEST of the way things turn out"..  

GinaCarr
GinaCarr

Great reminder of this important principle, @Randy_Gage.  Proud to be in your informal group of "bright friends." :-)

tomtootall
tomtootall

Great article. The Mastermind concept and name is the only Success Principle that Napoleon Hill came up with on his own. He observed that it was a large part of Andrew Carnegie's success.

 

Tom too tall Cunningham

www.tom2tall.com

Leeloo
Leeloo

interesting aspect.

"think and grow rich" --> I received the book last week. I totally forgot that I ordered it some weeks ago.

thx. 4 the post.

Terry Brock
Terry Brock

Napoleon Hill was right --- and so are you, Randy! We have those "two sides" when we face questions.

 

It reminds me of the scene in that high intellectual, classic movie, Animal House! :-) The scene was when the frat house inductee had the angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other. We all have to make decisions. Which way do we go?

 

Having a mastermind alliance creates a group of people who can hold us accountable to make the decision that is in our best interest long term. Cherishing and nurturing that "mastermind of yourself" is most important. 

 

Thanx for sharing this, Randy! 

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