In the book “Outwitting The Devil”, Napoleon Hill plays with the term “master-mind”.
His definition of the term is the best that I’ve seen. Therefore, I wanted to share it with you!
Moreover, hearing his definition reshaped my own thoughts about the subject at hand. So, I am typing this equally for you, as I am for my own way of cementing the term — and the underlying value of forming a “master-mind”.
Let’s begin with the direct definition of “master-mind” from Hill, himself.
“The coordination of knowledge and effort of two or more people, who work toward a definite purpose, in the spirit of harmony.”
So how do you create an effective master-mind?
The answer to that comes down to your associations. By his definition, merely an association of two or more people is no more a master-mind than a single person on their own. But, it is when those two or more people have a shared vision — a goal, an outcome, a destination — that you then, and only then become a master-mind. Therefore, the persons that you are surrounding yourself with are of the utmost importance in achieving success.
(This may all seem obvious to you… but ideas that are powerful, no matter how “common knowledge” they may be, are worth repeating.)
With that being said, what is the absolute most important master-mind you should develop?
The master-mind with your significant other!
This makes perfect sense since this will be the person with whom you are spending the most time with. Your significant other should be the person that you can depend on to be on the same page as you. You should have the same goal. Maybe not individually, but as a unit. Having a partner that is not in a master-mind with you will just lead to wheels spinning, but no movement. Moreover, it will ultimately lead to needless bickering and arguments. However, when you and your partner are moving in harmony, there is nothing that can stop you!
Hill — or the Devil, I should say — states that the master-mind of Hill and his wife was what ultimately caused Hill to have total freedom from the grips of the Devil. You can see that Hill and his wife were clearly on the same path toward success. And because of this, he enjoyed all the wealth in the world.
This can be put into easier terms — without talking about “the Devil”.
Two heads are better than one.
Your mind has no limitations, but it’s impossible to see the picture when you’re in the frame. This is why having a partner — somebody to look from another perspective — is so important. Having multiple people working on a common goal is the most practical solution because humans are inadequate at leaving biases out of problem-solving. Even scientists need other scientists to reaffirm their findings in order to assure that the conducted tests weren’t missing something.
Next time you have a goal that you are trying to achieve, see if you can find somebody that has the same goal. Form a master-mind with them, and see how much faster you can achieve success!
Until next time,