Big Fish, Little Fish, Big Pond, Little Pond

I have been thinking about is it better to be a big fish in a little pond or a little fish in a big pond and I ran across in Chapter 3 of David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell a good starting point. He begins the chapter by discussing the Impressionists painters in France and the struggles they were up against in getting their paintings shown in the Salon. There were several painters in this group including: Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet, Pierre-August Renoir, and Camille Pissarro. I would say at this point in their careers that they were little fish in a big pond. They came to a crisis point. My question is:

Would you consider this group to be and to have a mastermind alliance? Exactly what is a mastermind alliance?

From Laws Of Success By Napoleon Hill:

From page 55 the definition of a mastermind alliance”

“A Master Mind may be created through the bringing together or blending, in a spirit of perfect harmony, of two or more minds. Out of this harmonious blending the chemistry of the mind creates a third mind which may be appropriated and used by one or all of the individual minds. This Master Mind will remain available as long as the friendly, harmonious alliance between the individual minds exists. It will disintegrate and all evidence of its former existence will disappear the moment the friendly alliance is broken.”

These men, in my opinion, had a mastermind alliance which allowed them to break away from the Salon model and strike out for themselves. I am sure there were other factors, but to me, that was the primary one.

I love this quote from Malcolm Gladwell from page 74 of David and Goliath:

“The lesson of the Impressionists is that there are times and places where it is better to be a Big Fish in a Little Pond than a Little Fish in a Big Pond, where the apparent disadvantage of being an outsider in a marginal wold turns out not to be a disadvantage at all.”

Something to mull over. We will have more on this subject in upcoming posts as we discuss Caroline Sacks and her problems with which fish and which pond should she pursue.



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