In his classic book “Think and Grow Rich” Napoleon Hill describes a Master Mind as: “Coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose”. The Master Mind, he claims, is the single richest resource for real power, and one that can never be tapped on our own. I can attest from personal experience that within this definition, Hill has captured the exponential value of Peer Groups.
Hill goes on to define power as “organized and intelligently directed knowledge”. Power is the possession of something previously unknown which, when leveraged into action, opens up new and previously unattainable results in life and business. In other words, it’s the knowledge we do not possess that prevents us from taking the action we must take to prosper. The idea sourcing potential of our peers is a primary source for that kind of power.
Successful organizations almost always reveal leaders who have surrounded themselves with smart people. Whether it be key staff members, friends, colleagues, consultants or peers, these leaders have discovered (and humbly admitted) that their personal knowledge is limited, and that what they receive from others is unattainable on their own. That singular revelation becomes their catalyst for success.
Yet there are many who stubbornly choose to struggle silently, believing that they can succeed on their own if they just work harder and longer. However, working harder and longer is never the answer. Working smarter is. We need the idea sourcing power of others to break through the malaise and excel in life and business.
True humility, as hard as it is to practice, is essential for tapping the intellectual capital of others. One of the most influential principles I’ve learned over time is to possess the mindset of a “learner” vs. a teacher. Adopting the mindset of a learner requires humility, but the rewards are immeasurable. Learners are the ones who prosper. But the converse is equally important. Possessing a learner attitude allows us to become much better teachers too, capable of giving as well as receiving! Peer groups offer that kind of environment.
When striving for new levels of accomplishment, our own limited knowledge can never transcend the power of learning from and contributing to others. In her excellent book “Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter”, Liz Wiseman captures the give-and-take power of peer groups when she notes that “…resource leverage creates competitive advantage”. She also emphasizes that those who behave as multipliers of others’ talent “give credit” (humility), whereas those behaving as diminishers of others’ talent “take credit” (pride).
Napoleon Hill notes as well that “No two minds ever come together without, thereby, creating a third, invisible, intangible force which may be likened to a third mind”. The power for true transformation, and your personal door to future success, is available to you now via your industry peers!
Yes, Peer Group participation does take an investment of time and money. And it may even be a bit uncomfortable at first. But the rewards will be reflected for a lifetime. The time for tapping the idea sources available via your peers is now. If you’re ready for lasting change, why not start with the Legacy Builders Summit Peer Groups? Are you ready to take the plunge?