The Importance of Working within a Group

In whatever endeavor you pursue, it is impossible to be successful without having a master-mind group. – Napoleon Hill

In his book “Think and Grow Rich”  Napoleon Hill studies the lives of countless successful men in America. From the lives of Henry Ford to Dale Carnegie he focused on the commonalities in the methods they had that made them successful.  One commonality he found was that they all surrounded themselves with people who had the same goals in mind.

“Ally yourself with a group of as many people as you may need for the creation and carrying out of you plans for accumulating money… following the “Master Mind Principle…

The Master Mind principle can 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

Having a team around you that each play a role and who all desire to attain the same goal is vital for success.

This is why I find it so important to have friends who share the similar goals to my own or who are even on a similar path as me. Their understanding and being able to relate to what you are going through will keep you motivated and moving forward.

Napoleon Hill writes that a true Master Mind group meets at LEAST once a week. They maintain their relationships through being honest, trusting one another and maintaining a sense of respect. If the relationships aren’t harmonious within the group then it will fall apart, sooner or later.

I’ve gotten so far in the past couple months by maintaining relationships with people who share a path similar to my own. Our goals may be different but they way that we attain them are similar and that is a rare thing and should be valued.

So how does one start at this? Set small goals and start having accountability buddies a couple friends have told me inspiring stories of their own vision boards and have gotten me creating my own. Keep an eye out for people that you sense may be on the same path as you and be willing to find out if they are on it.

Above all always remember, when you push out your desire for success and attaining your goals God will bring the people and situations in your life that will help you achieve it. Also sometimes this means removing the people from your life that may hinder you.

I leave with this story

On May 29, 1953 Tenzing Norgay, a Sherpa born in Nepal, and Edmund Hilary, a New Zealander, accomplished what no other human beings ever had – they stood at the top of Mount Everest, the world?s highest peak. Could they have made it without a great team? No way!

Tenzing tells the story: “For each level we reached, a higher degree of teamwork was required. One group would exhaust themselves just getting the equipment up the mountain for the next group. Two-men teams would work finding a path, cutting steps, securing ropes, spending themselves to make the next leg of the climb possible for others.

You don’t climb a mountain like Everest by trying to race ahead on your own or by competing with your comrades. No, you do it slowly and carefully by unselfish teamwork. Certainly I wanted to reach the top myself; it was the thing I’d dreamed of all my life. But if the lot fell to someone else I would take it like a man, not a cry-baby. Where would Hilary and I have been without the others? Without the climbers who made the route? The Sherpas who had carried the loads? Those who had cleared the path ahead? It was only through the work and sacrifice of them all that we had our chance at the top.”

How do you build a business or a career? Same way you climb a mountain- through others. As Bob Gass once said:

“Team work builds dream work, so ask yourself right now, who belongs in your life?”

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