Napoleon Hill, in his book Think and Grow Rich, said that whenever two or more people come together for a common purpose, the results were magical. What he was talking about is forming a Master Mind. Two or more people united towards a specific goal.
Let me actually quote Mr. Hill, we he defined a Master Mind Group as:
The coordination of knowledge and effort of two or more people, who work toward a definite purpose, in the spirit of harmony.
And the results he described were:
No two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind.
How does this apply to you, the poker player? Simple. You cannot truly evaluate your own poker abilities. And in that same light, someone else can only evaluate another person's poker abilities. In other words, you don't know what you don't know.
My suggestion is to find 2-4 other people who have the same poker desires, and hopefully comparable poker skills, and get together on a regular basis to work on becoming a better poker player. Discuss strategy. Discuss weaknesses you see in the other players' game. Discuss improvement strategies. Just discuss poker.
Wait a minute! Am I really asking you to inform another player about their weaknesses and tells? Absolutely. If these are people you are close to in terms of talent and abilities, then you are aleady playing close to their level anyway. I'd wager you're already finishing about the same in different games. Why then, would it be wrong to both increase in talent and ability TOGETHER?
So what should you look for when putting together this Master Mind Group of poker talent? Here are some suggestions.
1. They should have have a similar interest interest in the game. That's obvious. But not just an interest, but SIMILAR interest. For example: I play poker as much as 4 nights a week. I don't want someone in my group that plays twice a month, and I probably don't want someone that plays every day in Vegas and earns a million dollars a year. (I'll talk to him one-on-one!)
2. Have a similar skill and/or success level
3. Have the desire and inspiration to make this year the year that their poker game takes the turn towards amazing
4. Want to be a part of a Master Mind Group. Seriously, just getting together and talking poker isn't enough. They need to WANT what a real Master Mind Group can achieve.
5. Want to reach or exceed their goals. Or, in other words: THEY MUST HAVE GOALS!
If you can find these people, your poker game can grow from good (since you're reading my blogs) to AMAZING.
I have already set a resolution to find and assemble this group. The key now is to figure out who is in it. I have a grand total of ONE person so far, locked in. I have two more under consideration. And honestly, I don't expect that by the end of the year the group will be exactly as it is when it comes together for the first time this week.
And if you agree that it can work here in poker, how about in other aspects of your life? Want to be a better (fill in what you do for a living here)? Then find others of like mind and purpose and form a Master Mind Group for that too.
I'll be reporting back throughout the year as to the progress achieved through this association. I guarantee it will be successful.