What Did Benjamin Franklin, Napoleon Hill and Andrew Carnegie Have In Common? (and a confession of mine)

These three men were some of the most accomplished men of all time and their legendary success and accomplishments still help men today, however, they didn’t do it on their own.

Not by a long shot.

Then again rarely has any man achieved greatness without the help of others.

Benjamin Franklin laid his quill down and examined what he had just written.

On the parchment was the outline of a group he was about to form that he called Junto. The year was 1727 and Benjamin saw a need for a group of men to come together and form a society of sorts.

Franklin organized a group of friends to provide a structured form of mutual improvement. The group, initially composed of twelve members, called itself the Junto. The members of the Junto were drawn from diverse occupations and backgrounds, but they all shared a spirit of inquiry and a desire to improve themselves, their community, and to help others.” Source

From Benjamin’s autobiography he details what Junto was all about:

“I should have mentioned before, that, in the autumn of the preceding year, [1727] I had form’d most of my ingenious acquaintance into a club of mutual improvement, which we called the Junto; we met on Friday evenings. 

Our debates were to be under the direction of a president, and to be conducted in the sincere spirit of inquiry after truth, without fondness for dispute or desire of victory; and to prevent warmth, all expressions of positiveness in opinions, or direct contradiction, were after some time made contraband, and prohibited under small pecuniary penalties.”

The group went on to found the first public library system, public hospitals and even volunteer fire departments and created a legacy that lives today.

They were men who bound together and created real change.

Napoleon Hill is best known for his book Think And Grow Rich and one of the core principles he discovered was the concept of a mastermind group.

“The coordination of knowledge and effort of two or more people, who work toward a definite purpose, in the spirit of harmony. No two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind [the master mind].”

How did Napoleon discover this commonality among great men?

He studied the richest and most successful men of his time and found one common denominator: each of them had formed a ‘mastermind’ group.

Andrew Carnegie specifically pointed out that one of the key components to his success (and become one of the richest men of all time) was due to his mastermind group.

“[I]f you wish to know how I got my money… I will answer your question by saying that we have a master mind here in our business, and that mind is made up of more than a score of people who constitute my personal staff of superintendents and managers and accountants and chemists and other necessary types. No one person in this group is the master mind of which I speak, but the sum total of the minds in the group, coordinated, organized and directed to a definite end in a spirit of harmonious cooperation is the power that got my money for me. No two minds in the group are exactly alike, but each person in the group does the thing that he is supposed to do and he does it better than any other person in the world could do it.”

The power of a collective group of men combining their talents, connections and working together toward common goals is a force that can change the lives of those in the group and positively affect men outside of the group as well.

And now it’s confession time…

I’ve wanted to start a group such as this for many years.

The first time the idea came to me I was around twenty-three years old. Young, eager and still wet behind the ears, the timing wasn’t right.

I was too inexperienced about life.

I hadn’t (yet) created the network, connections and achieved successes to attract the right type of other successful men.

But things have changed.

The years passed by and as my network increased and my life experience grew, I felt the calling again. Scratch that. Not even a calling, but a burden.

If there ever was such a time for this, it’s now in 2015.

As we draw to the end of 2015 and look forward to a new year I’m putting together something special. I would even go so far as to say it’s the most important endeavor I’ve ever undertaken.

I’m forming a private men’s group focused on accountability, camaraderie, brotherhood and helping members reach business and personal goals.

Introducing Baron Society.


What is Baron Society?

We’re a private group focused on accountability, camaraderie, brotherhood and helping members reach business and personal goals.

Where Do You Meet?

We meet twice per month online for private 1.5 hour live video sessions.

These sessions allow for members to interact from around the world to give and get advice on various topics ranging from business to personal. All one needs is a computer and internet connection. The meetings are recorded and posted in a private members area of this site so an absent member can watch at another time and stay in tune with the group.

We also meet three times per year in person for Think Tank Weekends.

2016 trips are in the following cities:

Monte Carlo, Monaco


New York City


Turks & Caicos


How Can I Join?

An individual cannot buy their way in.

Baron Society is an exclusive private group where potential members must complete a three-part application process in order to be considered.

There are only 12 memberships available for 2016. After the initial 12 spots are filled, admittance into the group will only be through referral by an existing member in good standing.

To fill out the online application, go here.

Why Does This Matter?

I get it. This sounds great, but what does it really matter?

We as humans are inherently selfish and that’s okay, because through wanting to improve ourselves we can actually help improve each other.

If you’ve been desiring to be a part of something great for men, then keep reading.

Baron Society is not a product.

Baron Society is not a system.

Baron Society is not a book.

Baron Society is not a seminar.

Baron Society is a collective group of what will be 12 men (13 including myself) who are dedicated to accountability, camaraderie, brotherhood and helping members reach business and personal goals.

If you’ve felt a hunger for real male friendship, a desire to be more in your career, a fire that keeps burning inside you to be a part of something bigger than your day-to-day life, then perhaps you’d be right for the group.

I want only men in this private group that are eager to contribute, as much as they want to learn from the other members, as I am dedicated as well to seeing that the group becomes highly successful. This is about forming together a small group of men who can help each other reach our personal and business goals, while collaborating on potential projects as a whole.

What Do I Do Next?

If you feel that you could be a good asset to Baron Society and you want to be a part of something special for men in 2016, then visit the organization’s site below. The link to start the application process is there as well.

The deadline for applications is December 1st, 2015

The 12 slots will be filled on a first-come basis.

The online meetings start the second week of January 2016.

I look forward to creating something great and for those who are right for it, I look forward to the great positive change we are going to make together.

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4 Replies to “What Did Benjamin Franklin, Napoleon Hill and Andrew Carnegie Have In Common? (and a confession of mine)”

  1. I don’t qualify for this, sadly, but good luck to those that do. They are indeed very lucky people and will soon see a lot of success due to the help of that mastermind group.

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