“The Mastermind may be defined as: ‘Coordination of
knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between
two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose.’ ”
Napoleon Hill – from original and unabridged Think and Grow Rich
I often tell my students that the first MasterMind alliance begins in the
home. It is between husband and wife. If you don’t have harmonious
cooperation from your spouse, it will be much more difficult for you
to become successful.
When it comes to the subject of business and finances, my wife and
I share the same values and beliefs. Hence, we never fight about
muney. And when we did – back in the distant past – we never
It wasn’t until BOTH of us aligned ourselves harmoniously on the
subject that our financial lives changed.
It is very helpful to be mentored by someone who has already
achieved success in his chosen field. But it is NOT necessary
that everyone who learns from the teacher be at the same
level of success.
When put into a group of like-minded people who share a
common aim, people will rise to higher levels of success than
ever before – provided they work together in harmony.
Power plays, bigshot-itis, attitudes of “I’m better than YOU”
are not examples of working in harmony with others.
Not only that, but success is not to be measured only in terms
of one’s finances. Those who measure success by muney alone
Last week, in my seminar and coaching programs, I repeatedly
stated that “happiness” is the number one goal in life. And if all
your thoughts and aims are directed toward happiness, this will
lead to far more success than you can currently imagine.
Yet, most people have it backwards. They think the thing they
are pursuing is going to bring them happiness. It cannot.
The person who accumulates a fortune but has no happiness
is a spiritual and psychological pauper. This is why it is
important to be mentored by those who are happy – not just
those who have accumulated fortunes.
This year has been an interesting one. It’s been a year in which
I’ve watched people whose primary objective has nothing to do
with happiness or peace of mind – fall out of my life.
In each and every case, I have looked at the people who have
departed, and I see faces racked with pain. I see people who
desperately want the thing they’re chasing to bring them joy
– but it can’t.
Happiness doesn’t come from the outside-in – it comes from
This past Monday, in the Psycho-Cybernetics coaching group,
I saw dozens of men and women drop decades of emotional
anguish. I saw smiles and laughter restored to those who suffered
wounds long ago. I saw people come to understand that you don’t
even need a reason for happiness. You have it because you desire it –
no other reason is necessary.
I also saw two people enter the room and leave with no visible
change. Perhaps a seed was planted internally and it needs time
to grow. I cannot say for sure.
Some people resist the very thing that is designed to give them
all they’ve ever wanted.
In my opening remarks I said:
“If your primary goal in life is only about muney, then you will be
repelled by what I have to say – and who I am. If your goal is
happiness, you’ll stick around because you’re getting what you
want. And strangely enough, the happier you are – the easier it
will be for you to attract muney.”