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If there is something “more” than a paycheck, what is it? (My thoughts on Think and Grow Rich Chapter 10 - Mastermind)

July 23, 2022

If you haven’t yet, check out my review of “Think and Grow Rich” Chapter 10 (link here). Napoleon Hill talks about the importance of a Master Mind group. In my Paid Program, I talk about the importance of Vision. Seems random but they’re actually connected. Let’s talk about how.

Why do people work? Most people work for a paycheck, to make ends meet. They work and then they live their lives. Society is built around productive people getting something done.

But what about those that work for more than a paycheck? What about those who enjoy what they do, they have a passion for it, they have a purpose? If there is something “more” than a paycheck, what is it?

When you hire someone, you can pay them for a wage whether it be hourly or annually. And you will sometimes get a fair amount of work for that wage. Sometimes you’ll get more than what you paid for. Sometimes you’ll get less. It depends on the person.

How do you get someone to work for you more than what you paid them? And can all worker motivation be solved with adding more money? What’s the relationship between money and motivation?

We find that money is a motivator up to a point. But after that point, it doesn’t really do much to help people work.

So what do companies do instead? They usually create a mission, something to help people feel they are doing good for the world, something to help people feel connected to the world.

How would you feel if your work day in and day out amounted to nothing? How would you feel if your work made the difference between people dying of starvation and flourishing in society? I think for the majority of people would choose meaning over nihilism.​

What happens when you create a vision to send the human race to Mars? You drum up attention to get the greatest minds to work on a project to help the human race colonize on mars within your lifetime. Would people work for you beyond the money? I don’t know. Ask Elon Musk.

Everyone talks about the “Master Mind” but the truth is that “thinking and growing rich” is about getting other people to do useful work for you. You can pay them to do it but it’ll only work up to a point. However, if you inspire them, you’ll get a lot more work done.

What is the relationship between Inspiration and Religion?

Dr. Eric

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