In the famed book, Think and Grow Rich, which has sold approximately 100 million copies, author Napoleon Hill laid-out a few principles for success:

  1. "The Mastermind principle is the coordination of knowledge and effort between two or more people who work towards a definite purpose in a spirit of harmony."
  2. "No two minds ever come together without, thereby, creating a third, invisible, intangible force which may be likened to a third mind."
  3. "Man attains the status of genius only when, and if, he stimulates his mind so that it draws upon the forces available, through the creative faculty of the imagination."

Let it be known that literally millions of people have attempted to apply Hill's thinking to create success in their lives. And indeed, likely billions of dollars have been made in the direct application to the ideas presented in his book.

However, no one, to my knowledge, has more directly applied Hill's teachings as has Joe Polish, the founder of Genius Network, who is considered by many to be the world's most connected man in business

Genius Network is, quite literally, a mastermind group. It's a mastermind group organized by Joe Polish himself. He "assembles unicorns" or "industry transformers" and lets them come together in a single environment where they can harmoniously collaborate.

For nearing three decades, Polish has interviewed thousands of the world's most successful people, from Sir Richard Branson to Tony Robbins and Peter Diamandis to Tony Hsieh and others. 

Napoleon Hill himself developed the ideas for and wrote Think and Grow Rich by interviewing some of the world's most financially successful people, such as Andrew Carnegie. 

Thus, from one perspective, Polish, like Hill, has been interviewing the world's most successful people for several decades now. 

But even more, Polish has organized a mastermind group that is considered by many to be the world's most elite mastermind group. The entry-level cost of Genius Network is $25,000 per year. The group has very strict guidelines it uses to allow people into the group. There is a lengthy waiting list to become a qualified member. ***(It should be noted that I myself am a paying member of Genius Network. However, I receive no financial compensation for writing this article. I am an organizational psychologist who studies unique leaders and environments and documents my findings online).

Even the name, "Genius Network" draws powerfully upon Hill's thinking. Of course, Polish has read thousands of books and his own ideas draw from countless sources. But it's interesting to see the connection. 

Hill defined a genius as someone who "stimulates [their] mind so that it draws upon the forces available." Polish often explains that there is a difference between having resources and being "resourceful."

Polish's entire purpose is to organize a network of geniuses who can solve the world's problems through connection and collaboration. In order to do so, Polish relentlessly instructs the principles of and facilitates the environment for successfully "connecting" and "collaborating." A simple application of his teachings is what he calls his "Magic Rapport Formula," which includes the following ideas:

  • Focus on how you will help them reduce their suffering
  • Invest time, money, and energy on relationships
  • Be the type of person they would always answer the phone for
  • Be useful, grateful, and valuable
  • Treat others how you would love to be treated
  • Avoid formalities, be fun and memorable, not boring
  • Appreciate people
  • Give value on the spot
  • Get as close to in-person as you can

Polish actually accomplishes Hill's best thinking through his Genius Network. Specifically, he 1) interviews the world's most successful people on stage and through his podcast and 2) those people often become members of his mastermind community.

Many of the world's most successful influencers became so through Polish's Genius Network and or his connections.


Whether you've heard of Joe Polish or not, you've definitely been influenced by his work. Through his interviews and mastermind, he has launched bestselling books and guided the development of large companies. He himself doesn't seek recognition. It is through the wisdom he shares via his interviewing and the collaboration he facilitates through his mastermind Genius Network group that millions of books have been sold and billions of dollars have been made. 

One last note: There has been some concern and debate about the actual morality of Napoleon Hill himself. Many have argued that he didn't actually live the teachings he put out into the world that have impacted tens of millions of lives. 

Whether Hill lived his thinking or not, the quality of that thinking speaks for itself. Moreover, in the case of Polish, you will be hard pressed to find a more sincere and genuine person. 

Questions To Consider

How have you applied Napoleon Hill's wisdom?

How many millions of dollars has it made you?

Do you have a mastermind group?

How often do you collaborate, synergize, and harmonize with other brilliant people for mutual benefit?