Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Ken Klemm Spring Hill, FL, USA

Posted: 2018-09-05

It is not necessary for every member of a Mastermind 
Group to completely agree on every detail. In fact, it 
is preferable they do not. Otherwise the group becomes 
a “rubber stamp committee” for the organizer, and 
defeats the reason for forming the group in the first 

The Group needs only a common goal and a willingness to 
work in harmony to achieve it. (Each member can sing an 
individual pitch, but the blended pitches form a 
pleasing chord.)

A case in point...

America, as we know it today, was born September 17, 
1787. And it was a long labor - not over until the 
ninth state ratified it.

What we celebrate on July 4 is the 13 colonies 
declaring independence from Great Britain in 1776.

The eleven years between those dates were fraught with 
war: 13 little federated countries with a very weak 
central government fighting together for independence, 
then fighting each other over trade issues and such.

Lacking a strong union, other nations took advantage of 
America. Great Britain occupied places such as the fort 
at Detroit, and Spain blocked access to shipping ports 
off the Gulf of Mexico.

Congress was unable or unwilling to fix things. As 
Congress would not act, so the people of the States 
would have to on their own.

At a very unsuccessful Trade Convention of the States 
in Maryland, Alexander Hamilton of New York proposed 
something illegal and revolutionary - a Constitutional 
Convention of the States; its purpose to design and 
define a stronger central government.

A shy, nerdy green guy from Virginia, James Madison, 
drew up a detailed blueprint for the new government - 
complete with the balance of power of the three 
branches: Legislative, Executive and Judicial.

Madison’s blueprint was dead on arrival at the 
Convention, presided over by George Washington of 
Virginia. Madison’s plan called for two Houses of 
Congress, wherein the people of the States were 
represented proportionately by population. This 
Congress would elect the President who, in turn, would 
appoint judges with the advice and consent of Congress.

Judge James Wilson of Pennsylvania argued that this 
would make the Executive a tool of the Legislative and, 
in effect, give the Legislative control over the 
Judiciary. Wilson suggested the President be elected by 
and receive a mandate directly from the people.

The delegates hammered out the details of the Electoral 
College, preventing the high population centers from 
having complete control over the elections. Otherwise 
candidates might ignore the concerns of people in the 
less populated rural states.

An impasse was reached regarding the structure of 
Congress. The rural states argued that proportional 
representation meant the high population states could 
ram whatever they wished down their throats. There was 
no way they would ever ratify such a thing.

A cobbler (shoemaker) from Connecticut, Roger Sherman, 
rescued the entire Convention with his compromise: Have 
one House with proportional representation, the other 
House with only two Senators from each state regardless 
of population; the approval by both Houses required to 
pass any law.

The Power of the Mastermind in action.

Your Friend and Servent,

Ken Klemm - Florida, USA

P.S. “Every difference of opinion is not a difference 
of principle.” ~ Thomas Jefferson