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Understanding the Mastermind Alliance

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Mastermind Alliance:  an alliance of two or more people working in harmony with a positive mental attitude for the attainment of a definite end.

 

It has been said that no person can obtain permanent success without taking others along with them.

 

With that in mind, I remember when I was younger playing in organized sports. Baseball, football, etc. Our team had a sign in the locker room which had an impact on me.

 

It said the following: 

T – ogether

E – veryone

A – cheives

M – ore

 

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Today, in this blog post, we take the TEAM concept a step further with the principle of the MASTERMIND.

 

What is a Mastermind, you ask?

 

Well, it’s an alliance of two or more people working in perfect harmony with a positive mental attitude for the attainment of a definite end.

 

In other words, it’s a dedicated group of people who share common interests, beliefs, perspectives and purposes in common, who believe that the power of the “group mind” is exponentially more powerful than the sum of the individual minds from which the group is made up of.

 

The concept of the Mastermind was first introduced to me through Napoleon Hill in his book “Think and Grow Rich”.

 

This book had a profound affect on me. Not only as an entrepreneur, but as a person. Therefore, it will become obvious that many of the statements and concepts you read on this blog have been influenced by his teachings.

 

Step #1 – Surround Yourself with a Mastermind Alliance

 

Today, whenever I ask an ultra-successful individual to what they owe their success they almost always trace it back to the work of their Mastermind groups and the people they surround themselves with.

 

It goes without saying that if an individual wants to change something drastic in their life they almost always have to change their habits. And most often than not, if they want to see a significant difference, they have to change the people they surround themselves with.

 

If you want to become healthy, mentally and physically, would you surround yourself with negative people who eat every meal at McDonalds??  Of course not! 

 

It’s the same with money. If you want to increase your income it would be wise to surround yourself with people who make the kind of money you wish to make.

 

We humans are significantly influenced by everything that happens around us. Not necessary by what we hear, see, or feel… instead, we’re influenced by the PEOPLE around us. 

 

The ole’ peer-pressure gimmick. It’s real and it exists in all of us. In fact, we literally become the person we surround ourselves with.

 

I now know that without the proper application of the Mastermind principles it is impossible to achieve high levels of success and sustain it.

 

It is to say that unless you connect your mind to the minds of other people, use their education, their temperament, their foresight… and sometimes even their capital, you’ll never get very far.

 

All of the great achievements … Microsoft, Google, Apple, General Electric, Ford Motors, JC Penney, Wal-Mart, etc are the results of Mastermind Alliances and the use of other people’s money (capital-ventures).

 

The Mastermind principle is the medium which one can procure the full benefits of the experience, training, and specialized knowledge of others of influence. It’s almost as if their mind was your own.

 

For example, take the life of Thomas A. Edison who was thrown out of school and sent home because he was told he had an addled mind. He was told he couldn’t study with “normal” people because he was too dumb… unable to be educated.

 

In the end, he never went back to school again.

 

He didn’t have specialized knowledge in any of the sciences; however, he selected as his major purpose in life a calling that demanded he use ALL the sciences.

 

He had to have technical ability, scientific training and a variety of other specialized knowledge, yet he had none of those.

 

And what did he do about it?

 

He did what every ultra-successful person does when they undertake something that is beyond the realm of their achievements…

 

… he surrounded himself with people who did have those abilities, people who did understand chemistry, people who did understand physics, people who had the necessary training the he didn’t possess.

 

He told them WHAT to do… and they showed him HOW to do it.

 

In every instance where you find an ultra-successful person in any calling, you will find that their success is the result of a Mastermind Alliance of one sort or another.

 

Through the experience and knowledge of a marketer… one may make practical use of marketing without being a trained marketer.

 

Incidentally, one may choose as their major purpose in life anything they desire, and even though they may not have the education, they can easily bridge that deficiency by surrounding themselves with people who do have that knowledge and education.

 

Step #2 – Actively Participate in REGULAR Mastermind Sessions

 

If you’ve ever experienced a roundtable session or a “hot seat” session, or been involved in an organized meeting with a common objective and started talking about any problem or any subject… you’ll find that as the discussion goes on you will learn more and more about that subject.  And often times the person that will come forth with the most enlightening conversation on the subject will be the one who knows the least about it.

 

The reason for this is because the harmony of minds enables the individual minds to tune into sources of information not available to you under any other circumstance.

 

**WARNING – this is where things get a little freaky and “new-age” as in the movie, The Secret. **

 

The Mastermind Alliance takes the mind and steps it up to higher levels of thought where you can tune in on the ether that connects your conscious brain to the subconscious brains of others. And, perhaps, jumps up your brain waves to levels that connect your thinking brain to sources of Infinite Intelligence.

 

Sounds a little weird and difficult to comprehend, but let’s use a valid example.  In Dr. Hill’s book he talks about the likeness of the human brain to an electric battery.  It is a well-known fact that a group of electric batteries will form more energy than a single battery.

 

Further more, it is also known that an individual battery will provide energy in proportion to the number of cells it contains.

 

Therefore, just like a single flashlight will only produce a certain amount of light… a group of flashlights will always be brighter because of each individual’s light energy.

 

The human brain works in a similar fashion – a group of brains which are connected or coordinated on a single goal, in a spirit of harmony, will provide more thought energy than a single brain.

 

With this analogy, you can see that “no two or more minds ever come together without, therefore, creating a third, invisible, tangible force which may be likened to a third mind.”

 

Freaky, I know.  But dig through your past when you were involved in deep discussion about a single goal with two or more people. The creative juices were flowing!

 

Granted, there are times when it’s just not working, but that’s most likely because you weren’t in perfect harmony with the other members.

 

So again, an active alliance of two or more minds working in perfect harmony for the attainment of a common objective stimulates each individual’s mind to a higher degree of confidence and courage than that which is ordinarily experienced, and prepares the way for that state of mind known as faith.

 

In conclusion, I can only hope this blog has helped you realize the benefits from obtaining your own Mastermind Alliance. It is essential to your growth.

 

For me, I’ve found one of the best Mastermind Alliances in the home with my best friend/girlfriend. She has enlightened my world and continually helps me excel in every conceivable way possible.

 

I highly recommend Napoleon Hill’s book “Think and Grow Rich”. It is the catalyst to this entire philosophy of the Mastermind Alliance. You can find it here:  Think and Grow Rich!: The Original Version, Restored and Revised

 

Ron Reed

 

P.S. – For more practical information on starting a Mastermind Alliance, I highly recommend reading this piece by my mentor Eben Pagan… Mastering Your MasterMind

 

 

 

 

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April 13th, 2009 at 12:23 pm

Speed of Implementation

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 Ever heard the phrase:  “Knowledge is power”?

Of course… it’s been around since Gandhi, right?

However, do you believe in it?  Do you believe that knowledge is power?

Recently, I had a passionate debate with an individual over this phrase.  We wrestled back and forth over the validity of the concept.

You see, for him, he went to college for 8 years, racked up $100,000 in student loans, lives in his parent’s basement to pay down the massive debt, and is still looking for the girl of his dreams at 30 years old…

… oh, and I almost forgot… he also firmly believes in the concept of “knowledge is power“.

He went to school for 8 years to load his brain full of knowledge only before taking another year to finally land a job in his desired field.  And more power to him…

… however, is this really what the ultra-successful do to obtain that title?

Personally, I think NO!

Who ever sold us on that plan is smoking some funky stuff!  Seriously.

Don’t get me wrong… I’m all for getting an education and applying yourself in the real world, but some of the ways our education system is set-up is ludacris.

Instead of knowledge equaling power…

.. the USE of knowledge is power.

To me, knowledge is worthless unless it’s put to use.

Unless you actually use the knowledge you’ve obtained it remains useless.

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So, I come to you today on a simliar line of thought with Speed of Implementation.

I learned of this concept from my mentor, Eben Pagan, during his top-gun entrepreneurial training program titled Altitude.  In the program he talks about the concept of Speed of Implementation, and pondered the idea that it’s the most distinct trait which separates the ultra-successful from their counterparts.

Speed of Implementation:  the difference between the time you hear something and the time you put it into action.

Many people (98% of modern society) make the mistake of assuming that if you load your head with an abundance of knowledge you will automatically become successful.

Nothing could be further from the truth!

Instead, the ultra-successful are usually the first to TAKE ACTION.

They don’t necessarily have all the knowledge which allows one to advance to the next level.  Instead, they possess the unique trait of knowing that if they take action today they’ll be further ahead tomorrow than those who lack action.

In other words, failures do not achieve the level of success they desire because they fail to take the appropriate actions needed to advance to higher levels.

You name it… procrastination, perfectionism, lack of confidence, low self-esteem, fear, etc.  They all amount to a deficiency in the “take action 101” department.

However, the ultra-successful individuals hear a new concept or a new idea and…

BAM!!

… they put it into action IMMEDIATELY!

They don’t sit around thinking about it, or say to themselves, “oh, I dunno… maybe we should think about this first, or run it by 32 of our friends who aren’t that successful to see what they think of it.”

No, they put it into action RIGHT NOW!!

Granted, I know I’m being a little over-the-top here, and fully realize there is a point where you need to plan your course of action before diving in head-first…

… but I’m sure you can clearly see the point I’m trying to make.

I think if you look around to the successful people in your life or the successful people you’ve seen in other areas of your life you’ll find they have this trait in common.

Now, I know I’m going to hear some people say that knowledge is very important.  And indeed it is!  By no means do I want to come across as an ignorant man by discrediting the importance of proper education and specialized knowledge.  That’s not the purpose here.

In the end, what I’m trying to say is, do you really need to have all the knowledge in your own brain?

Do we need to know everything?  Do we need to know every minute detail?  Every single idea?  Every inkling known to man?  Of course not…

… but, we need to know as much as possible about our given career, right??

Wrong!  :)

To illustrate my point… below you’ll find a story about the Great Henry Ford from one of my favorite books “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill.

 

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The “Ignorant” Man Who Made a Fortune

 

During the First World War, a Chicago newspaper published certain editorials in which, among other statements, Henry Ford was called “an ignorant pacifist”. Mr. Ford objected to the statement, and brought suit against the paper for libeling him. When the suit was tried in the courts, the attorneys for the paper pleaded justification, and place Mr. Ford, himself, on the witness stand, for the purpose of proving to the jury that he was ignorant. The attorneys asked Mr. Ford a great variety of questions, all of them intended to prove, by his own evidence that, while he might possess considerable specialized knowledge pertaining to the manufacture of automobiles, he was, in the main, ignorant.

 

Mr. Ford was plied with such questions as the following:

 

“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 in which I am devoting most of my efforts. Now, you will kindly tell me, why should I 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?”

 

There certainly was good logic to that reply.

 

The answer floored the lawyer. Every person in the courtroom realized it was the answer, not of an ignorant man, but of a man of education. Any person is educated who knows where to get knowledge when they need 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 need 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.

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In my next blog, we’ll uncover and discuss the concept of the “Master Mind“.

Ron Reed

 

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February 6th, 2009 at 12:00 am

Top 20 Social Media Sites of 2008… Where Do You Rank??

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I’m a few weeks behind in writing this post, but the stats are in so let’s take a look.

To start us off, let me preface by saying it is in my humble opinion that the Internet is a completely different media than more traditional methods.  Like, say, newspapers or television.  Along with this opinion comes the thought that Internet users are also a completely different creature in nature. 

Allow me to demonstrate:

It appears the media pendulum is continuing to swing in favor of online consumption.  According to Pew Research Center, 35% of people prefer to get their “fix” of national and international news from traditional print media.  This is a dismal 1% increase over 2007.  However, in comparison to the Internet, nearly 40% of people prefer to get their news fix from the online sources.  This is an exciting 24% increase over 2007.

On the flip side, while this number is impressive it is also premature to think the Internet is the “end all, be all”.  According to the numbers it doesn’t even come close to the 70% of people who prefer to get their news fix via television.  Hardly surprising.

In other polling news, my favorite Internet polling source (comScore) has released their list of the Top Social Media Sites of 2008.  An initial look at the list may surprise you.  For me, I was almost certain Facebook or Youtube would top the list.  My assumption (like yours if you agree) would be incorrect.

So, who tops the list?  Well, according to the research firm, Blogger.com takes the cake with over 222 million unique users worldwide in 2008.  Impressive!

Clocking in at number 2 and 3 are the social networking juggernauts Facebook and Myspace respectively.  Facebook commanded 200 million unique users while Myspace maintains 126 million users.  I suppose this opens up the airwaves for critics and Facebookers alike to claim “king of the hill” in regards to the ongoing duel between Facebook and Myspace.  My personal views are:  To each their own.  I’m a member of both sites and utilize each in different ways while liking/disliking features on each.  In the end, Facebook has a cleaner look while Myspace promotes individuality.  Again, to each their own opinion.

Further down the list you’ll find sites like WordPress catering to 114 million users, Window Live Spaces with 87 million users and Flickr with 64 million users.  It was too my surprise that YouTube didn’t even partake in the Top 20.  It can be explained by the mere fact that people would prefer to WATCH videos rather than MAKE videos.  In other words, you don’t have to open a YouTube account to watch videos.  While this doesn’t affect the number of views it most certainly affects “users” which is a basis of the list.  In terms of views/visits, YouTube is a powerhouse.

Another interesting statistical “stat” lies in the percentage swings from previous years.  For example, Window Live Spaces was down 22% from 2007 while WordPress was up 68%.  Kinda puts things into perspective.  Other percentile differences include the Alpha Dog, Blogger.com, demanding a 44% increase from November 2007.  I, personally, thought that would be significantly lower with the growing demand for WordPress blogs.  I’m now eating my words as the defending king takes the throne for yet another year.

In terms of percentages, the warp-speed increase of Facebook has catapulted an astounding 116% over 2007.  This doesn’t come to much surprise considering everybody and their brother has a Facebook account.  Heck, I know some people who juggle multiple accounts for varying purposes (i.e.: business and personal).  As for Myspace, they’ve managed to remain steady between 2007 and 2008.  I predict this number will start to subside as Facebook continues to snatch up the social networking “market share”.

Speaking of predictions, allow me to toss out another one to you.  I predict Twitter.com will have a percentage increase and user base similar to Facebook by the end of 2009.  I’ll leave this blog up all year as a way to either eat my words or baske in my glory.  Only time will tell.

In any event, below you will find the top 20 social networking list received from comScore.  It’s most definitely not a conclusive or definitive list, but it gives a good idea of what’s going on out there in the world of social networking sites.  Realistically, this list is more of a social media list than it is social networking, but whatever.  That’s for another day.

1. Blogger.com (222 million)

2. Facebook (200 million)

3. MySpace (126 million)

4. WordPress (114 million)

5. Windows Live Spaces (87 million)

6. Yahoo Geocities (69 million)

7. Flickr (64 million)

8. hi5 (58 million)

9. Orkut (46 million)

10. Six Apart (46 million)

11. Baidu Space (40 million)

12. Friendster (31 million)

13. 56.com (29 million)

14. Webs.com (24 million)

15. Bebo (24 million)

16. Scribd (23 million)

17. Lycos Tripod (23 million)

18. Tagged (22 million)

19. imeem (22 million)

20. Netlog (21 million)

(Here’s another screenshot from comScore:)

In conclusion, I found these statistics informative and intriguing to say the least. I hope you do as well.

For more information about the stats contained in this blog post, please visit comScore.com and TechCrunch.com.

Until next time,

Ron Reed

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January 19th, 2009 at 2:30 am

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Who Is This Ron Reed Guy Anyway?

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Ron Reed

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Ron Reed, born October 18, 1980, is an American entrepreneur, publisher, and professional consultant in the real estate and internet marketing industries. He is an avid member of the real estate community and founder of the “Realtorizer Method”, an online marketing empire providing real estate advice to REALTORS nationwide. Within the community he is often referred to as, and has achieved status akin to, a guru.

 

 

Ron entered the entrepreneurial world in 2001 by reading Napoleon Hill’s much acclaimed book “Think and Grow Rich”. After reading “Think and Grow Rich” he picked up another American self-help and personal development classic, “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie. It was at that time Ron was bit by the “entrepreneurial bug”.

 

At the prime age of 21 years old, Ron took an adventure of his life by moving from a little town in the backwoods of Wisconsin to the big cities of Central Florida. With less than $1000 bucks in his pocket (with no car, no apartment and no job)… he jumped on a plane and flew to an unknown territory! The success which followed was extraordinary.

 

In 2002, Ron became an instrumental member of the Dale Carnegie Association’s Central Florida Chapter with his contagious enthusiasm. After completing the Dale Carnegie Course, Ron was asked to return as a Graduate Assistant to help others transform their lives just as he had. His testimonials were monumental.

 

Ron explains this time in his life as “a distinct method of becoming one’s self”.

 

“I didn’t take the journey to find myself… I took the journey to create myself.”  – Ron Reed

 

And he did just that.

 

Shortly after 2003, Ron returned to Wisconsin to conquer new territories. Armed with his newly created sales and marketing abilities he ventured into the real estate industry. At first, Ron took a position within Wisconsin’s largest real estate firm, First Weber Group, as an Internet Referral Representative. While honing his real estate and internet skills, and absorbing new connections; Ron quickly learned the inside workings of a successful real estate brokerage.

 

In 2006, he took a leap of faith and entered the world as a professional real estate consultant. While the rest of the real estate market was slowly realizing a Buyer’s Market, Ron excelled as warp-speeds. In January 2007, within his first six months he became a member of First Weber Group’s President Club. Of over 1400 agents he was member of the top 25 in his first 6th months!

 

Later in 2007, while the real estate market was experiencing a steady decline, Ron started his year by becoming one of the nation’s semi-finalist in Season V of the Real Estate Apprentice Foundation for extraordinary performance.

 

If that wasn’t enough, in August of 2007, while the real estate market experienced its hardest decline in history, Ron was realizing his dream. He was announced the “2007 Realtor on the Rise” as published in RIS Media’s National Real Estate Magazine for his elite sales and marketing performance.

 

But, Ron wasn’t done yet. To close out 2007 with a bang, Ron was titled “Rookie of the Year” by closing 32 transactions in less than 12 months of his first full year in real estate. A feat only completed by the “Best of the BEST” within the real estate industry. 

 

Until then, Ron remained unaffected by the rapid decline in the real estate markets. However, he saw the slowing opportunity and decreased sales just as plain as everyone else. The writing was on the wall. 

 

A new direction emerges

 

It was then that Ron Reed founded Suffix Marketing Group, LLC, an online publishing empire specializing in top-gun sales and marketing training for the Internet and Real Estate industries.

 

Motivated to conquer new skills and develop new abilities, he formed the basis of what is known today as Ron Reed’s Realtorizer Method, a top-gun real estate training program focused on helping real estate agents become superstars..

 

 

 

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January 6th, 2009 at 11:16 pm

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My blogging career starts today…

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