At just 21 years of age, Benjamin personally selected the members of a small group of about 12 guys he called the Junto. All of the members lived in Philadelphia and they represented a rather diverse spectrum of
businesses. And they were not some elite, white-collar group. They were just regular working guys who wanted to enrich their lives in every way possible. The club met on Friday nights, first in a tavern and later in a house, to discuss moral, political, business and scientific topics of the day.
Benjamin Franklin unleashed his amazing talents as a result of spending intentional time with others who were committed to self-improvement. Not rocket science – just a basic principle we can all use to amplify and accelerate our own success.
The results of the original Junto are still very much evident today in our American society. The Junto gave us our first library, volunteer fire departments, the first public hospital, police departments, paved streets and the University of Pennsylvania. They recommended books, store merchants, professionals and friends to each other. They clearly seemed to have accomplished their original goal of self-improvement and the improvement of their community.
This is such a significant first model of what a Mastermind Group can be. It’s important to note that the goal was not just self-serving, although in serving their community they obviously increased their own wealth and influence as well.
Do you think the people we spend time with help determine our ultimate success?
So here’s the contest. The Q&A here comes from a very interesting book that remained unpublished till long after the author died. He was fearful of the backlash of some of what he wrote.
Who is asking the question and who provided the response in the following exchange?
Question: Then it is important that one select one’s close associates with great care?
Answer: Yes, one’s intimate associates should be chosen with as much care as one chooses the food with which he feeds his body, with the object always of associating with people whose dominating thoughts are positive, friendly, and harmonious.
I will send copies of Conquer the Entrepreneur’s Kryptonite to the first three people correctly identifying this interesting dialogue. You can indicate that you know the answer here – but don’t show it. Instead, send your response to me at dan@48Days.com. I’ll let you know immediately if you are one of the first three.
UPDATE – Okay, I sent this out Wednesday morning at 8:00 AM. I thought I had a pretty obscure book reference and was prepared to just give the answer next week. In less than 48 minutes our three winners responded: Alexander Braun, David Hungarter, and Nicholas A. Gamblin. Way to rock, guys!
This comes from Napoleon Hill’s book Outwitting the Devil. In this section the devil was revealing what it takes to total defeat him. Choosing the people we associate with will do exactly that.