Invisible Counselors

Dear Har-old,

American author Napoleon Hill wrote, “… I followed the habit of reshaping my own character, by trying to imitate the nine men whose lives and life-works had been most impressive to me.”

Here are your cabinet members:

  1. Janelle Monae
  2. Jesse Eisenberg’s Mark Zuckerberg
  3. Kobe Bryant
  4. Adrian Monk
  5. Heath Ledger’s Joker
  6. 50 Cent
  7. Spencer Reid from Criminal Minds
  8. Max B
  9. Shawn Spencer from Psych
  10. Sean Parker (the real one and Justin Timberlake’s version)
  11. Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory
Every night before you go to sleep, I want you to shut your eyes, and see, in your imagination, this group of people seated with you around a council table. You will not only have the opportunity to sit among these people you consider great but you will actually dominate this group. That’s right, you will serve as chairman. I want you to call on your cabinet members for the knowledge you wish each to contribute, addressing yourself to each member in audible words, as follows:
  • Ms. Monae, I desire to acquire from you your fearlessness, your creativity, your “weirdness,” your individuality and your imagination. I fell in love with you when I seen Tightrope. You are the ONLY woman I will marry.
  • Eisenberg‘s Zuckerberg, I request that you pass on to me your over-ambitiousness that is on full-display in The Social Network which I seen in theaters 3 consecutive Saturdays. Saved the ticket stubs. Watched the trailer innumerable times. Bought the book the movie was based on, The Accidental Billionaires. Purchased the soundtrack. Pre-ordered the collector’s edition DVD. All of which I keep in a safe.
  • Kobe, I respect your mind more than your basketball skills. I’m actually excited to see what you will do after retirement. I desire to acquire your mental toughness, your calmness in pressure situations and competitive edge. After you won your first championship, instead of being satisfied, you spent the whole summer getting better. I want your passion.
  • Monk, I wish to learn from you how to turn my OCD into a gift instead of a curse. Also, I want you to help with my photographic memory. You are just an inspiration. You are … my favorite television character of all time.
  • Ledger‘s Joker, I wish to acquire from you your foresight, your chess-like thinking, your genius level of planning, knowledge of human behavior and unique view of the world. What was the most impressive to me about you in The Dark Knight was your ability to ALWAYS stay 12 steps ahead of Batman.
  • 50, I have been a fan of yours since late 2002. I desire to acquire from you your aggressiveness, your detachment ability and your application of The 48 Laws of Power.
  • Reid, I wish to acquire your autodidacticism, eidetic memory, your speed reading ability, and your lack of talent when it comes to talking to females. I love Criminal Minds.
  • Max, every time I’m stressed, depressed, frustrated and need to get in the mood I listen to you. You put so much pain and passion in your music. I wish to acquire from you your charisma and attitude.
  • Shawn, I request you to pass on your extraordinary powers of observation, your eidetic memory, your deduction, your sense of humor, your child-like imagination and playfulness. Psych is one of my favorite shows, man.
  • Sean, The Social Network started my interest in you. I request you pass on to me your opportunity-seeing-eye, your autodidacticism, your networking abilities, your serial entrepreneurial spirit and your intensity for ideas.
  • Sheldon, The Big Bang Theory is one of my favorite shows. I desire to possess your eidetic memory, your overtly intellectual personality and disinterest in romantic relationships.

Now your method of addressing the members of your cabinet will vary, according to the traits of character you are, for the moment, most interested in acquiring. The purpose in this is to rebuild your own character so it would represent a composite of the characters of your imaginary counselors.

Futuristically yours,



11 thoughts on “Invisible Counselors”

  1. This definitely got me thinking about who I’d want at my table; Nietzsche and Dorothy Parker for starters and not just because that would be epic. Love the reference to Reid and his “eidetic” memory.


    1. @ Kate. Nietzsche is a good starter. I’ll update everyone periodically on HOW my cabinet members are getting along. I’ll tell you now Zuckerberg, Sheldon and Reid are NOT getting along. The Joker and Shawn Spencer are the closes so far and the most fun to be around.


  2. Sheldon Cooper and Sean Parker almost didn’t make my list.
    I wish to know the cabinet members of everyone else’s Invisible Counselors. It should be a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 12. Excluding you. Remember: You are the chairman/chairwoman.


  3. Very very good entry and above all very interesting list of the characters you would like to posses. I am also very big fun of Sheldon and Heath Ledger and maybe I would really like to have the staff you write for myself too!!

    Best regards!


  4. very interesting you find my week old blog and i get turned on by your already very established, brilliant blog… what a concept! how many times do we say , “if i only knew now what i knew then…”
    i find this post particularly interesting, being that I just saw “the social network” for the first time about a week ago and was equally inspired.. not to mention one like 50 cent, a most unsuspecting candidate for motivation… but yet one damn intelligent business man!
    i look forward to reading more of your thoughts and already feel like blogging was a good idea for me to get into b/c had i not, i would have never gotten to see this, which i find is a great idea to apply to my own life.. thank you!


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