Four Heads Are Better Than One

February 22, 2013  

Today’s Friday Fun Fact…

A machinist, clockmaker, glass blower and mathematician were all walking in Menlo Park….

Despite how this reads, it isn’t the beginning of a joke.  It was actually the start of a new era.

I am talking of Charles Batcheldor (machinist), John Kruesi (clockmaker), Ludwig Boehm (Glass blower) and Francis Upton (Mathematician); who were all associates to Thomas Edison during the time the incandescent light bulb was invented. Collectively, this group was a dominant influence on some of history’s most radical inventions in the areas of telegraphy, telephony, the phonograph, and electric lighting.

Or did you hear the one about the inventor, botanist, essayist, and tire maker?  The alliance of these seemingly mismatched men, Thomas Edison John Burroughs, Luther Burbank and Harvey Firestone, reportedly enabled Henry Ford to become one of the wealthiest men of his time, raising him up from “the handicap of poverty, illiteracy, and ignorance.”

In my Monday Morning Movie, I discussed the benefits of developing a mastermind group. This is not a new concept and was formulated back in 1937 by Napoleon Hill, advisor to two presidents and the author of Think and Grow Rich.  Hill defined a Mastermind “as a mind that is developed through the harmonious cooperation of two or more people who ally themselves for the purpose of accomplishing any given task.”

It is the simple logic behind the theory two heads are better than one. And on Monday, I  shared my own personal experience that you want those heads to  contain divergent views, beliefs and backgrounds; not unlike a machinist, clockmaker, glass blower and mathematician.  By tapping into the collective brilliance of individuals with opposing viewpoints, perhaps you too will begin to see the light.

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