The concept of the “Mastermind” was formally introduced by Napoleon Hill in his timeless classic, “Think And Grow Rich,”. Hill’s book recounts how many successful business people rely on a small, tight-knit group of advisors to help them build their businesses.
However, Mastermind Groups have been around since the beginning of time. History is full great achievers who have built mastermind groups. Jesus Christ had a mastermind team of twelve apostles. Benjamin Franklin formed a weekly discussion known as Junto with twelve men who shared his drive for learning and conversation. The result of this group led to a library, a college, the U.S. post office, Philadelphia’s fire department, mutual insurance and Philadelphia’s city water works. C.S Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams and others know as the Inklings met on Thursday evenings in the late 1930’s thru early 1940’s at Oxford’s Magdalen College rooms to read aloud from their works, discuss philosophy and exchange ideas. As a result many literally works were published including, C.S. Lewis’s “Out of the Silent Plant”, J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” and Charles Williams’ “All Hallows Eve”.