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Legends as mentors/counselors? Cabinet of invisible counselors

Anything related to matters of the mind


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Oct 4, 2017
Imagine. Today is an extremely lucky day for you. You have the option to pick 5 people as mentors. Anyone. Buffet, Munger, Bezos, Musk... Hell, @MJ DeMarco. They will be on speed dial for you and will drop anything they do when you call them to provide guidance.

Really, take a moment. Think about it. Who would that be? why?

Oh, wait. That is not all. You are even luckier:
1. You can choose among death people too. Rockefeller? Benjamin Franklin? Tesla?
2. You can replace anyone at anytime.

What if I tell you, you can? No typo, you read it. You can!

I don't remember when I read about Napoleon Hill's Cabinet of Invisible Counselors, but it stuck. It is shame that I never took the time to use that technique consistently. Every now and then it comes & then I forget about it.

In his own words:
Long before I had ever written a line for publication, or endeavored to deliver a speech in public, I followed the habit of reshaping my own character, by trying to imitate the nine men whose lives and life-works had been most impressive to me. These nine men were, Emerson, Paine, Edison, Darwin, Lincoln, Burbank, Napoleon, Ford, and Carnegie. Every night, over a long period of years, I held an imaginary Council meeting with this group whom I called my “Invisible Counselors.”

The procedure was this. Just before going to sleep at night, I would shut my eyes, and see, in my imagination, this group of men seated with me around my Council Table. Here I had not only an opportunity to sit among those whom I considered to be great, but I actually dominated the group, by serving as the Chairman.

I had a very DEFINITE PURPOSE in indulging my imagination through these nightly meetings. My purpose was to rebuild my own character so it would represent a composite of the characters of my imaginary counselors. [...]

[...]In these imaginary Council meetings I called on my Cabinet members for the knowledge I wished each to contribute, addressing myself to each member in audible words [...]"
Essentially, using creative imagination and asking: "What was Bezos?" when facing an execution decision or "what would Buffet/Munger do" when facing an investing decision.

Mind you, one will need to learn about the "counsellors" he picks.

I find that approach interesting.
- what do you think about it?
- What will be your cabinet and why?

Mine now will be:
1. Marcus Aurelius. The wise man.
2. Jeff Bezos: for his ability to execute and on business decisions. The business man.
3. Charlie Munger: for his thinking abilities. The thinker.
4. Richard Feyman. High intellect, high curiority and amazing abililty to explain complex things
5. *** vacant.
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