The Third Mind

In his book, “Think and Grow Rich”, Napoleon Hill talks about the power of the Mastermind. A trusted group of two or more people that work together to solve a particular problem and support each other.

While not all groups use the term Mastermind, the concept is the same. For example, Alcoholics Anonymous is a group of motivated people that work together to achieve sobriety. They regularly gather, sharing personal experience and accountability to gain the upper hand on substance abuse. Individually alcoholics struggle, but together success is possible.

A friendly alliance with one or more persons who will encourage one to follow through with both plan and purpose.” -Napoleon Hill

When two or more people collaborate and focus on a problem they bring their unique history, perspective, insights, skills and ideas. Those “ah ha” moments arise when the minds combine forces, creating what Napolean Hill refers to as the “third mind”. The third mind can become a powerful tool achieve amazing breakthrus, leveraging the talents of each member.

As a solo business owner, I’ve always I always felt I needed to do everything alone. The “work with what you’ve got” mentality. But in the last few months, I’ve opened up and decided to try forming a Mastermind group. So far there are only two of us in the group, but the breakthrough ideas have been astounding. I am making progress on new projects and discovering my passion again. The accountability and camaraderie help push me to make small steps each day towards my ambitions. Talking thru challenges with my partner member allows me to share knowledge and perspective from my experiences. This insight keeps me focused on progress rather than dwelling on the past or missed opportunities. Beyond just being a support group, each week I leave with specific goals I agree to complete before the next meeting. Because I know she cares about my success and progress, I’m more accountable to keep to those tasks.

I’m optimistic to see how the group grows and developers thru everyone’s projects. I’m learning that going alone is what’s been holding me back. I have so much I want to share, learn, grow and do.