Napoleon Hill "Think and Grow Rich" #2 The Master Mind Principle

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We come now to the second of the 17 principles which lead to the master key with which you
may open the door to the attainment of your major purpose in life. This principle of success
is called the master mind principle. I want you to understand the nature of the
master mind principle because you must use it before you can take possession of the master
key. An understandable definition of the master mind is this: it consists of two or more people
who work in perfect harmony for the attainment of a definite purpose.
Now here are some interesting facts about the master mind which give you an idea of
how important it is and how necessary that you embrace this principle and make use of
it in attaining success in your chosen occupation. First of all, it is the principle through
which you may borrow and use the education, the experience, the influence and perhaps
the capital of other people in carrying out your own plans in life. It is the principle
through which you can accomplish in one year more than you could accomplish without it
in a lifetime if you depended entirely upon your own efforts for success.
And I have heard well informed bible students say that the first known application of the
master mind was that which existed between the Nazarene and his twelve disciples.
Of one fact I am absolutely sure. When you form a true master mind alliance with others
and work with them in a spirit of perfect harmony, you can draw freely upon the spiritual
forces within you in carrying out your plans and desires.
I also know that the master mind principle can give you absolute protection against failure,
provided always that your purpose in using this principle is beneficial to all whom you
influence. In my research while organizing the science
of success I had the collaboration of practically every outstanding successful man this country
has produced during the past 50 years and I can tell you definitely that their success
was due in the main to their knowledge and application of the master mind principle.
I wish also to call your attention to the fact that our great American way of life and
our unmatchable system of free enterprise have been built upon the master mind principle.
The greatest document ever conceived by the mind of man is the perfect example of the
master mind principle in action. It is the Declaration of Independence. And the best
evidence of the importance of maintaining perfect harmony in a master mind alliance
may be found in the fact that the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence knew
full well that it might turn out to be either a license of freedom for all mankind or a
death warrant which would cause each of the signers to be hanged.
Now let us see how the master mind principle has brought success to people who we all know.
First consider when Kate Smith began her career as a singer. She had difficulty in earning
enough from her singing to pay her living expenses and she perhaps never would have
made her singing pay if she had not discovered and applied the master mind principle which
gave her access to the master key to success when she formed a master mind alliance with
Ted Collins. And according to a report I saw in Readers Digest, Kate Smith has earned upwards
of thirteen million dollars, and she is still in the upper brackets of income.
Two, I remember when Edgar Bergen and that cute little block of wood known as Charlie
McCarthy used to play anywhere they could get an engagement and I rather suspect that
all of they got for their services was a meal. But Edgar Bergen is a smart man in the field
of entertainment so he formed a master mind alliance which introduced him and Charlie
to millions of people by radio and television and I suspect he is not concerned about money
any longer. And you may be surprised when I tell you that
the great Ford industrial empire started with the formation of a master mind alliance between
Henry Ford and his wife. At the beginning of his career, Henry Ford was shy and lacking
in self confidence. It was Mrs. Ford who inspired Henry Ford with the faith and courage to go
ahead with the perfection of his horseless carriage although his relatives and neighbors
generally tried to discourage him from wasting his time with the “contraption” as the
called it. Four, the Federation of States known as the
United States of America is the richest and the most powerful nation civilization has
yet produced and the secret of our strength and riches consists in our form of government
through which all our states function in a spirit of harmony based on the master mind
principle through a central federal government located at Washington.
And now a word to you personally, if you work for a salary or wages you have a marvelous
opportunity to promote yourself into a higher income and a more responsible position by
forming a master mind alliance with your associate workers including the management.
In my next visit I will give you further instructions on how to apply the master mind principle
so as to increase your own income and promote yourself into a higher position with the full
cooperation of your management. Yes, that is correct. I will show you how to write your
own price tag, fix your own wages, establish your own working hours and give yourself financial
independence. But, right now I want you to do three things before our next visit.
First, decide definitely where you wish to be and what you wish to be doing during the
next three years. And second, decide how much money you wish to be making and what you are
going to do to earn it. And third, form a master mind alliance with at least one person
in your immediate family and at least one other person among those to whom you are selling
your services. By taking these three steps, you will have
gone a long way toward appropriating the great master key to success. There is no such thing
as something for nothing. Everything, including your personal success, has a price that must
be paid. And the only price you are requested to pay for the present is the effort necessary
to the three simple things that I have suggested. Now before you begin to take the three steps
I have suggested, there is one important fact I wish for you to remember. It is this, control
your mental attitude and make yourself friendly and agreeable to everyone with whom you are
closely associated if you expect friendly cooperation in return. Indifference cannot
create a master mind alliance for you, a negative mental attitude can bring you nothing but
failure. Remember always you are where you are and
what you are because of your mental attitude in which you relate yourself to other people.
Remember also your mental attitude is the one and the only thing over which you have
complete control. Success is something which has to be planned and success is something
which has to be earned in advance. True, there is such a thing as luck. But just
remember that luck is something that you can create for yourself if you know the rules
and follow them just as I have given them to you. Remember, too, that success in the
higher brackets of achievement is something that can be had only by taking others along
with you and the best definition of success which I know is this: success is the knowledge
with which to get whatever you want from life without violating the rights of others and
by helping others to acquire it. There is a known formula for the attainment
of success and it is as definite and certain as are the rules of mathematics or the principles
of science. My purpose in these visits is to bring you that formula in simple terms
that you can understand and apply but I can never give you that for which you are not
ready. If you are ready to advance into the higher
brackets of success, you will recognize this fact by your willingness to follow these simple
instructions I shall give you as we go along. If Kate Smith had not been ready for success
when she formed a master min alliance with Ted Collins, he couldn’t have brought her
success. This thing called success is a very profound and interesting thing because the
line of demarcation between success and failure is so slight that it is often hard to tell
where one ends and the other begins. For example in my association with the late
Henry Ford, I recognized that he had thousands of people working for him who had much more
education than he, more magnetic personalities, more ability to make friends and a much better
chance of succeeding than Mr. Ford had when he was working for wages. But Mr. Ford had
one simple quality the others who worked for him did possess, the same quality I will clearly
describe for you in my future visits with you. Meanwhile, I would be interested in knowing
if you can describe this one simple quality Henry Ford possessed which made him the greatest
industrialist this nation has ever produced. In my next visit I will give you a definite
clue as to the success quality which helped Henry Ford spread his influence throughout
the world and make himself richer than Crius despite the fact that he had only a meager
common school education. Until then, please be of good cheer, will you? And just remember
that your only real limitation is the one you accept and set up in your own mind.