Most people have heard of something called a “Mastermind Group.”
This is something that Napoleon Hill taught in “Think and Grow Rich.” Of course, he wasn’t the first to come up the idea of getting a bunch of people together to overcome a problem or come up with a money making idea.
It’s long been known that lots of people focusing on the same issue will come up with a better, more creative, and more far reaching solution than somebody on his or her own.
This is precisely why the division of labor in a large, market based society creates so much wealth.
Sometimes, though, getting together a group of people can be counter productive. If everybody’s got different goals and objections, you might end up spending most of your time just deciding WHAT you want to do, rather than do it.
However, Hill came up with a way around that. The idea is to simply create an imaginary mastermind group.
This is what Hill did, in fact. He got together, (in his imagination) several people who’s intellect he admired. Then “they” would have 30 minute meetings once a week, discussing the issues at hand.
When you think about it, this is kind of a roundabout way tap into other people’s creativity. After all, those famous figures he imagined having meetings with were not just conjured up out of pure imagination.
They were the results of reading all kinds of biographies, learning in school, and otherwise soaking up information about “them” throughout general society, which is the largest mastermind there is.
But here’s a way to take that “imaginary” mastermind group to the next level. Instead of imagine that you’re talking to people that want to help you, imagine talking to people who will argue with you, or otherwise hold back from giving you what you want.
That cute girl, your boss, that potential business partner.
Then practice presenting your case, and see what “arguments” they’ll come up with. Then simply “re present” your case, in light of their recent “objection.”
You’ll find that this will not only give you an incredible amount of confidence, but you will almost certainly persuade them in real life.
When you add in some of the most powerful language patterns ever created, you’ll be virtually unstoppable.
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