What would you ask?

Light in the room came from a fireplace.

A marble mantle reflected small beams of amber rays over the face of two men. The room was lavish for the time with rich wool carpet and portraits hanging in shadows between dark windows draped with long flowing silk. The old and fragile man sat studying. Another man was young and anxious. “I was born Feb. 12, 1809, in Hardin County, Kentucky,” the old guy says, “My parents were both born in Virginia, of undistinguished families. Probably a lot like you and not too far from your family roots in those Virginia hills.”

The older man scratched his beard and looked over his spectacles at the young man sharing the warmth of the fireplace with him, “Of course when I came of age I did not know much. Still somehow, I could read, write, and cipher … but that was all. So, what would you like to ask?”Would You Ask

The young man swallowed and licked his lips before speaking, “Mr. Lincoln, I desire to build into my own character the keen sense of justice, the spirit of patience, the sense of humor, the human understanding, and the tolerance which were your distinguishing characteristics.”

This scene does not come from one of Bill O’Reilly’s Legends and Lies series. It was not found in a history book. The conversation with Abraham Lincoln never happened in real life. The exchange happened only in the imagination of Napoleon Hill as written in Think and Grow Rich in the chapter about the Master Mind Alliance. Before dismissing this as lunatic fringe talking to the dead, the Master Mind Alliance is just one of seventeen principles Napoleon Hill discovered and developed during his lifetime of studying successful people. Hill explains, “I wish to state most emphatically that I regard my cabinet meetings as being purely imaginary.”

The ‘cabinet’ he refers to consisted of nine people he admired for specific traits that each possessed to use as role models for developing his potential to succeed. He continued, “Members of my cabinet may be purely fictional, but they have led me into glorious paths of adventure, rekindled an appreciation for true greatness, encouraged creative endeavor, and emboldened the expression of honest thought.”

The Master Mind Alliance as described in my other articles is based on two or more like minds focused on the same goal or objective. In Hill’s words, “The Master Mind is the coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people for the attainment of a definite purpose.”

Hill took this principle to a much higher level to draw upon what may be called the sixth sense; the source of inspiration and ‘Ah Ha!’ moments that come to us.

Belief in guardian angels is not required to benefit substantially from this exercise. The idea of modeling mentors of your choice in your imagination feeds the subconscious, and can be enhanced by this fantasy of speaking with anyone you admire, living or dead.

Maybe your angels are more along the line of angel investors. If so, pick a few really successful ones and imagine you have the opportunity to pitch your brightest and best idea to them. What would you say? This visualization technique rehearses, practices, and trains your mind to act on ideas, and not just dream. If you were to land an appointment in Silicon Valley where riches flow to ideas, would you be prepared to act, speak, and become the person you need to be to walk away with a millionaire partner? Forbes Magazine has carried and continues to cover angel investors and the opportunities they represent to the growing list of entrepreneurs. David K. Williams contributes a number of articles to Forbes. He is the author of the acclaimed business book, The 7 Non-Negotiables for Winning. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Fishbowl and leads the team on his training website, www.7NNS.com. While researching angel investors and entrepreneurs who have mastered the coordination of ideas and action, an article David wrote caught my attention. The article starts with a quote, “While an entrepreneur creates a business, a Zentrepreneur creates a business and a life.”

What an interesting term; Zentrepreneur. David wrote about Ron Rubin, owner of The Republic of Tea to explain, “An entrepreneur pretends to know what’s next, a Zentrepreneur imagines what’s next. An entrepreneur creates a business; a Zentrepreneur creates a business and a life. A true Zentrepreneur believes in their right to live the life they imagine,” Rubin has said. “They adhere to the mantra that the positive force of a pliant attitude is the most powerful source of energy available, allowing to adapt to circumstance and attend to things that can be controlled — your thoughts, your emotions, the self-directness that gives you the endurance to act, excel and succeed.”

In future articles, we will share a great deal more about the Master Mind principle and the way this exercise creates energy and opens doors of opportunity.

David also writes, “Believe. There is no bigger word. None.”

The quote echoes Earl Nightingale’s statement, “We become what we think about.”

Those six words from Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich inspired Earl Nightingale. Earl created a Master Mind Alliance with Lloyd Conant and the audio publishing personal development industry was launched over 50 years ago. Nightingale Conant grew to become the world’s largest personal development audio and video publisher. Today, Lloyd’s son, Vic Conant, has taken the company to higher success and just released a new program based on the life work of Earl Nightingale in The Secret Advantage.  The program is based on CORE fundamentals to get anything you want in the 21st century. Stories and messages that Earl recoded set the stage for you to discover your next ‘Ah Ha’ moment and develop a path to coordinate your knowledge and effort.

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