Several events within the past week have stirred me to re-visit the concept of the Master Mind Alliance Experience. The first centers around the last weekend – a St. Louis Real Estate Expo. This event was organized primarily by my real estate business coach, Laura Al-Amery. There were presenters from all the country speaking within their area of expertise, topics ranged from “A to Z” on investing within the real estate market. This was a high caliber, well organized and informative event aimed at the seasoned pro to the newbie investor. From time to time, I found it interesting to hear the phrase “master mind alliance” roll off the tongues of individuals as if it was some kind of cliche. It was obvious to me that some individuals do not understand the definition of a true master mind alliance.
Napoleon Hill devoted an entire chapter within the book, THINK AND GROW RICH, to this concept, as it is critical for the success of an individual in any endeavor. Some of the highlights for those of you outside of the Master Key experience are below.
First: Adopt a definite purpose as an object to be obtained by the alliance, choosing individuals whose education, experience and influence are such as to make them of the greatest value in achieving that purpose. This isn’t a group to simply chat; and certainly don’t choose people because you know them and like them. Need a great example? Check out OCTOBER SKY!
Second: Determine what appropriate benefit each member may receive in return for his cooperation in the alliance. If the desire is for material wealth, or profit, be willing to divide it with those who help you. Be not only fair, but generous with them, and the more generous you are with them, the more help you will get from them. Hill mentions the principle of going the extra mile. He also remarks; “… what a pity that not all businessmen know about that!”
Third: Establish a definite place where the members will meet. The round table discussion should be the place where everyone meets, and where each member may speak with confidence. Contact should be regular and frequent. Indefiniteness on this point, or utter neglect, will bring defeat.
Fourth: It is the burden of the leader of the alliance to see that harmony among all members is maintained and that action is continuous in the pursuit of the definite major purpose.
Fifth: The watch word of the alliance should be definiteness of purpose, positiveness of plan, backed by continuous perfect harmony. The major strength consists of the perfect blending of the mind of all members.
We who are in the Master Key Course; and, there are over 200 of us, know full well what the definition of a Master Mind Alliance. Not only have we been required to establish a master mind alliance in our own home turf, but we have, as a group, been required to contribute weekly in the “alliance” area at the Master Key Master Mind Alliance website. (It’s for members only) There in the alliance we contribute, make suggestions, encourage, share insights and epiphanies, successes, ask questions and overall applaud one another. At first it was a requirement, it still is, but, we have learned through a variety of ways the importance of acting together in one accord as a group and in perfect harmony. This week was not exception.
I was deeply moved this week by a contribution from one of our members. She was sharing a story of what had happened in her life- a single, recently divorced mother of two children. Her “ex” had called her and verbally attacked her on the phone, it was an abusive, violent and uncontrollable attack that left her unable to sleep. This individual has been a stellar student of the MKMMA course and took to heart all the lessons she has learned these twenty two weeks. The day following the incident she wrote in the alliance area that she sent communication to her ex-husband that she no longer wished to be exposed to his negativity and that going forward she would only speak to him in a business relationship manner and only on pertinent issues related to the children. There have been an outpouring of comments from others in the alliance area, comments from people from all walks of life, comments from people from all corners of the earth. It has been a powerful experience in the beauty and power of a true master mind alliance. Comments applauding this woman for her courage, to dare to make a difference in the life of her children and herself. The experience took my breath away.
In scroll six of THE GREATEST SALESMAN IN THE WORLD, we have been reading daily:
Weak is he who permits his thoughts to control his actions; strong is he who forces this action to control his thoughts….. Today I will be master of my emotions.
This woman? She is the living, breathing example that she is the master of her emotions.