Develop Your "Trusted Team"
March 6, 2012
You do not succeed in a vacuum. No matter what, you will NOT achieve your goals unless you have a great team functioning around you, solving problems with you and giving you advice along the way.
At the top of my "favorite books" list is a book that I recommend you get as soon as possible and read immediately. This book is 75 years old this year. It's called "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill. I must say that nearly every topic upon which Napoleon Hill speaks I have used through my career and personal life.
Much of what we talk about here in Success Tips passes the test of this 75-year-old book. If you want to know how to be successful, this book is a must. He walks you through everything it takes to be a winner. He interviewed the most successful people in America and added up all their traits, then shares those traits with you in the book. By building on these traits, you can't help but be successful.
THE MASTERMIND ALLIANCE
In an early chapter, Napoleon talks about the importance of creating a "Mastermind Alliance." This is an alliance between you and one or more people you know, your "inner circle" who can advise you. They can draw upon their life experience up to that point, and you can, too, making it a "two heads are better than one" situation.
My different name for it is your "TRUSTED TEAM," a group of your most trusted advisors (much like any President of the United States would have), whereby they advise you on various things occurring in your life. My team consists of four very knowledgeable and successful business people, because that is what I personally value as the most important challenge that I face daily.
They are there as a sounding board, to bounce ideas off of and to help me in making large decisions. For example, Instead of a "Financial Advisor," I have members of my TRUSTED TEAM who cover the financial side - business people who are very successful, who know me well, what I do, my goals and what I want to accomplish in the future. So when I ask them a question, they know me well enough to be able to advise me perfectly.
Do you have a TRUSTED TEAM built yet? Mine consists of FOUR individuals (you know who you are) who I can throw anything whatsoever and get a great answer. I look for those who have been, and are being, successful. If you are not good at being successful, you would not make it on to the team. Be harsh about who CAN and CANNOT make your team. Do not just allow anyone to join. It has to be those who you respect for their ability.
CALL IT ANYTHING
What I have done here is basically built what Napoleon Hill called a "Mastermind Alliance" 75 years ago. The theory still works no matter what you call it.
Select your few great people you want to be on your team (you already know them); it's like picking a great coach! Start getting them involved ... and watch your success soar!