Mastermind. Look up the definition and you’ll get a variety of meanings. The Merriam Webster dictionary describes it as, “a person who supplies the directing or creative intelligence for a project.” The Oxford English Dictionary states it as, “A person with an outstanding intellect,” or “A person who plans and directs an ingenious and complex scheme or enterprise.” The Cambridge English Dictionary gives it a more nefarious description: “to plan a difficult activity, often a crime, in detail and make certain that it happens successfully.”
Notice something? Nowhere do these definitions reference the mastermind as anyone other than an individual. Each speaks to one person’s ability. While having a mastermind at the helm of any endeavor, it is rare that it is one mind is responsible for the success of a business or organization, a campaign or a conquest.
When I think of “master mind,” I think of it as a collective of people who work to establish a vision, develop a strategy and execute a plan. Regardless of the industry, field or interest, bringing together the knowledge, talents and experiences of a diverse group yields results unattainable by one person working in a silo.
Henry Ford’s “Master Mind” was just that
In his book, “Think and Grow Rich,” Napoleon Hill references Henry Ford’s libel lawsuit against the Chicago Tribune in 1919.
During the trial, in an attempt to prove the Tribune’s comments that Mr. Ford was basically ignorant and lacked general knowledge of history, among other things, didn’t amount to libel, one of its attorneys battered Ford with questions like, “Who was Benedict Arnold?” and “How many soldiers did the British send over to America to put down the Rebellion of 1776?” In answer to the last question, Mr. Ford replied, “I do not know the exact number of soldiers the British sent over, but I have heard that it was a considerably larger number than ever went back.”
Finally, Mr. Ford became tired of this line of questioning, and in reply to a particularly offensive question, he leaned over, pointed his finger at the lawyer who had asked the question, and said, “If I should really WANT to answer the foolish question you have just asked, or any of the other questions you have been asking me, let me remind you that I have a row of electric push-buttons on my desk, and by pushing the right button, I can summon to my aid men who can answer ANY question I desire to ask concerning the business to which I am devoting most of my efforts. Now, will you kindly tell me, WHY I should clutter up my mind with general knowledge, for the purpose of being able to answer questions, when I have men around me who can supply any knowledge I require?”
Hill goes on to write, “Any man is educated who knows where to get knowledge when he needs it, and how to organize that knowledge into definite plans of action. Through the assistance of his “Master Mind” group, Henry Ford had at his command all the specialized knowledge he needed to enable him to become one of the wealthiest men in America. It was not essential that he have this knowledge in his own mind. Surely no person who has sufficient inclination and intelligence to read a book of this nature can possibly miss the significance of this illustration.”
How a master mind can help you improve cash flow
Recently, Cash Flow GPS began a mastermind around the topic and execution of cash flow strategies to improve one’s business. It’s titled the GROW Master’s Mind and while it follows the general principles of the mastermind, Cash Flow Advisors has put a unique spin on the gathering.
They’ve put together some of the best financial strategists and coaches. These are people who know and use the principles and strategies of the wealthy to guide business owners and people just like you. They have real-world experience in creating positive cash flow, growing income, and successfully investing in instruments that provide long-term, positive returns.
Working in small groups, led by Cash Flow Advisor and financial expert Larry Tyler, better known as The Cashflow Whisperer, you and others in the GROW (Generating Relationships to Orchestrate Wealth) Master’s Mind will benefit by learning and growing together. The word “Master’s” is not a spelling error; rather it’s a reference to working on creating wealth following God’s teachings.
Some of the issues discussed and outcomes you may experience as part of the GROW Master’s Mind include:
- Empowerment to achieve increased Cash Flow in your business
- The benefit from having additional business owners helping you
- Reframing issues/problems as opportunities for creativity and growth
- Viewing wealth from a new perspective – God’s perspective
- Increasing financial literacy
- Learning what money really is and experiencing how it works
- Learning to bank on yourself
- Why Cash Flow accounting is important to your future
They’re not looking to change anyone or anything. The GROW Master’s Mind is looking for fellow travelers and adventurers to share, serve and co-create together, to experience growth via a shared activity; an experience.
Additionally, you will learn about and develop social capital (currency) that are based on information, ideas, influence, trust, goodwill, cooperation, and co-creating.
The education and coaching components are based on principles that wealthy individuals have known and used for years to make money work for them, not the other way around. CashFlow GPS wants to see everyone who wishes to financially “Get Free and Stay Free!” do and be just that!
See yourself in the GROW Master’s Mind and envision what more money to do the things you want for yourself, your family and your community looks like. We bet it looks pretty good!
Geo Ropert, APR is the president of Ropert and Partners Public Relations – Marketing Communications. His firm is providing strategic public relations services to CashFlow GPS. Geo is participating in our program to gain an in-depth understanding of how cash flow can be improved. He is writing these blogs based on his personal experiences and for the benefit of those looking to “get free and stay free!”
Make the time and the commitment to improve your cash flow and improve your life. You’ll be glad you did!