Meet Tai Lopez – author, entrepreneur, investor. Traveller of 51 countries, lived with the Amish for 2 years, and went from living on his mum’s sofa (broke) to driving lamborghinis in the Hollywood Hills (not broke). His mission: to spread great ideas through mass media.
Spending years studying the greatest people living today and throughout history, Tai found around 250 “principles” of success. Because 250 is a big number, and it was found that it takes the average person 66 days to build a habit, he refined it down to 67 key principles. And so the 67 Steps was born.
What is the Good Life? The Good Life is getting what you want in terms of health, wealth, love and happiness.
Do you want the Good Life?
If you don’t, then this page isn’t for you.
If you DO, but you’re a little hesitant on spending 67 of your own hard-earned dollas on this life-changing program, then read on my friend.
I completed the 67 steps over 1 month ago now. And boy, was it mind-blowing. Honestly, it’s hard to say how much it’s revolutionised my life only 1 month on. If you ask me the impact it’s had on my life, I’ll answer back with the Zhou Enlai’s famous response when asked what was the impact of the French Revolution that occurred two centuries ago. He replied “It’s too early to say.”
So I’ll take what he said. It’s still too early to say.
What I will say is this: since doing the program, I’ve been on lots of crazy adventures, pushed my boundaries socially, read a TON of books, gotten way closer to the body I want, and generally think completely differently. All I can say is Thank Goodness I found it when I did.
As the old Dutch saying goes, we are too soon old, and too late smart.
Damn, am I excited to be alive right now.
By the end of this, if you’re still having doubts about parting ways with £67, I just want to say: don’t be a cynic. Spending that money was the best investment I’d ever made.
What’s the point of this review? First, to give you an inkling of what I learned from the 67 Steps.
Secondly, I want you to have a good ponder about your own life right now. If you’re not happy with where you are, in whatever regard, then just ask yourself, “Is revolutionising my life worth £67?”
So, without further ado, here’s my top takeaways from Tai Lopez’ 67 Steps.
- Just Do Something
“A year from now you will wish you had started today.” ~ Karen Lamb
Just do something. Something is always better than nothing. As Theodore Roosevelt said “The best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”
No matter how broke you are, out of shape you are, how lonely you are, wherever you are in the world – you still have 24 hours at your disposal. You can always do something. So what are you waiting for? Just do it!
How much time have you and I spent procrastinating? How much time have we wasted because it’s not enough time to get our teeth sunk into something? How much time have we wasted doing nothing? Putting things off for another day?
Imagine how incredibly kick-ass our lives would be if instead of pissing away our time, we’d invested it into becoming the strongest versions of ourselves. Imagine who we’d become, and what we’d be able to achieve.
We all have 24 hours in the day. So perhaps the only real difference between the likes of Da Vinci and me is that he simply used his 24 hour period a lot more effectively than I do.
Engrave it into our skulls: something is always better than nothing. Always.
Something doesn’t need to be a lot. In fact, small is great. Small wins build momentum. Only got 5 minutes a day to read? Sweet! That’s an extra 5 minutes a day of reading. Got half an hour and don’t know what to do with it? Go for a walk! With a spare minute you can jot down the things you’re grateful for on a sticky note on the fridge.
I’ve got a quote in my room by Thomas Edison that reads:
“If we did all the things we were capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.”
The first step of doing this is getting started. Just do something.
- Gulp Life.
“If other people are putting in 40 hour work weeks and you’re putting in 100 hour work weeks, then even if you’re doing the same thing you know that… you will achieve in 4 months what it takes them a year to achieve.” ~ Elon Musk
What if you adopted the same approach with life? What if you spent 100 hours a week truly living whilst everyone else is just living 40?
In other words, become a gulper of life. Like the college students who neck down a pint in 5 seconds flat, we must do the same with life.
Want to maximise your time here on planet Earth? Then start chugging life like you mean it! If you’ve got 10 things on your to-do list, get them done in 3 days rather than 3 months. Instead of waiting for the perfect opportunity; create the perfect moment. If you want something, then go out and get it. Don’t wait. Don’t hold up.
“We are too soon old, and too late smart.” Gulp down knowledge so you’re not too late smart. Don’t waste time finishing mediocre books. Don’t waste your energy around negative people. Don’t waste your time not rocking the boat at your job. Start gulping, man!
Most people are PIs – Patiently Impatient. They’re patient about getting started, but impatient about the results. They’ll say “I’ll start getting back in shape in January.” Then when New Year comes around, they expect six-pack abs in 2 weeks. They’re patiently impatient.
Instead, we must become gulpers, or IPs. Impatiently patient. Be impatient to start things, but patient about the result. Start working out tomorrow, but then be patient to get the results you want.
The greats don’t sip life. They gulp it. Take Theodore Roosevelt. Youngest president of United States, first American to win a Nobel Prize, founder of The Strenuous Life, led the charge up San Juan Hill as a soldier, wrote the defining analysis on red deer, author of some 40 books, went on a pioneering expedition to explore the Amazon, read a book a day, spoke multiple languages, lived as a rancher, negotiated peace between Russia and Japan….. TR is the epitome of a gulper.
Why not us?
Be a Gulper!
- Are You Humble Enough?
A group of Brazilian business owners wrote to the top 20 CEOs in the States to ask for business advice. Only one replied – Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart. (Most valuable company in the world)
The Brazilians flew out to meet him. Arriving at a tiny private airfield, they get out and see an old man beside a pick-up truck with a dog in the back.
They ask, “Are you going to take us to Sam Walton?”
“I am Sam Walton!” he replies, “Let’s go!”
The men go to his home where his wife cooks them a meal, and as the group gets settled, Walton says “Quick question…” and fires off a question.
Then another one.
Then another one.
By the end of the dinner, the Brazilians realise that Sam Walton has asked them more questions than they have him – and this guy already owns the most successful company in the States.
And then it dawns on them… Sam Walton didn’t invite them to his home just to help them. He wanted to learn from them.
The Brazilians head home, and a couple of months later, Walton flies out to see how they’re getting on. Instead of a 5-star hotel, the billionaire stays with a host family in Sao Paulo.
A couple of days after arriving, the family gets a call from the police station,
“We’ve got Mr. Walton locked up – do you want to come bail him out?”
Shocked, the family rush down to the police station where they find the old man locked up in a Brazilian jail cell.
They ask the sergeant why they’re holding him..
“We found him crawling around the floor of some stores nearby. We thought he was crazy, so we locked him up.”
Dumbfounded, they ask Sam what he was doing.
“Oh, I was just measuring the width of the aisles with a tape measure.”
A 70-year old billionaire, head of the most successful company in the world, and he’s willing to get down on his hands and knees to measure the width of the aisles in Brazilian shops. Now that’s humble. How many of us, me included, are this humble? I know I’m not.
Another great example is Michael Jordan. Some say he was the cockiest guy in basketball, yet all his coaches agree that he was the most coachable player they’d ever met. Jordan says himself that his biggest asset was being teachable.
“Even if I thought my coaches were wrong, I tried to listen and learn something.” ~ Michael Jordan
His teammate Steve Kerr made a few suggestions to Jordan’s game whilst the two sat on the bench. Kerr was amazed to find that not only did Jordan listen to him, but he also applied the changes he suggested to his game.
Jordan may have been the most outwardly cocky player on the planet, but inwardly, he was the most humble.
Most of us have it the wrong way round. We’re outwardly humble – saying “oh well, I don’t know everything” – but we’re inwardly cocky. We think we know better than others, we stop reading books, seeking advice, stop learning, and get set in our ways.
To get what we want, we must be humble enough.
I know that I’m not humble enough yet. Are you?
- Rich friends, Poor Friends.
“Long ago, I realized that success leaves clues, and that people who produce outstanding results do specific things to create those results. ~ Tony Robbins
Tai Lopez’ four pillars to the Good Life are health, wealth, love and happiness. And just like Tony Robbins, he realised that people “rich” in the Good Life also leave clues.
His “rich” friends do the same things. And his “poor” friends do the same things.
Rich friends, poor friends.
To become rich, do what your rich friends do. To be poor, do what your broke friends to.
To get ripped, do what your ripped friends all do in common. To get fat, do what all your fat friends do in common. To have an incredible relationship, do what your friends who are in amazing relationships do. To be happy, do what your happiest friends all do in common.
Spot what makes people successful, and copy what they do. Spot what makes people fail, and avoid what they do.
Rich friends, poor friends. Simple.
- Read, Read, Read.
“In my whole life, I have known no wise people (over a broad subject matter area) who didn’t read all the time — none, zero.” ~ Charlie Munger
Warren Buffett, the most successful investor of all time, was posed the question “If you could have a superpower, what would it be?” Bill Gates (richest man in the world for 15 years) was asked the same question. Interestingly, they gave the same answer – to be the fastest reader in the world.
Coincidence? I don’t think so. Again, it’s rich friends, poor friends.
Theodore Roosevelt read a book a day. Alexander the Great brought a library with him on his conquests. Elon Musk, Da Vinci, Andrew Carnegie, Che Guevara, Abraham Lincoln, Charlie Munger… Even modern successes like Taylor Swift. They all devour(ed) books.
Books are concentrated doses of knowledge. Often, people have distilled 25 years of research into a couple hundred pages. With books, you can get wealth advice from Andrew Carnegie, health advice from Arnold Schwarzenegger, love advice from Casanova, and happiness advice from the Dalai Lama, anytime and anywhere you want. That’s pretty damn powerful.
Tai Lopez, who reads a book a day and spends more than $32,000 on books a year suggests you read 3 types of book a day, even if you can only devote 6 minutes a day to reading.
In the morning, read a book that’s stood the test of time – a classic to clean your mind. In the afternoon after lunch, read a how-to book related to your field. Then before you go to bed, read a biography and let the greatness rub off on you.
Also, don’t finish a book just to finish it. Instead, adopt the mindset of a gold-miner. Say to yourself, “I’m going to read this book for 10 minutes, and see what nuggets I can find.” Then put the book back on the shelf, and start a different one next day.
Since 70% of how-to books are just fleshing out the author’s message, this is a great tactic for how-to books. And don’t worry about missing out on knowledge. You’ll make it up on the next book. Besides, books are like friends. You don’t learn all there is to know about them just by meeting them once. Find truly great books that you can come back to again and again.
And if you’re having doubts about the benefits of reading, just think about this: how can downloading the thoughts and ideas of the greatest minds in history direct into your brain ever be a bad thing?
- To Get What You Want, You Have to Deserve What You Want
“To get what you want, you have to deserve what you want. The world is not yet a crazy enough place to reward a whole bunch of undeserving people.” ~ Charlie Munger
After “life is too short”, I’d bet “life is unfair” is the next most common complaint. But is life really unfair? According to the wisest men in history, life is actually much fairer than we’ve been led to believe.
To quote Munger again, “Spend each day trying to be a little wiser than you were when you woke up. Discharge your duties faithfully and well. Step by step you get ahead, but not necessarily in fast spurts. But you build discipline by preparing for fast spurts… slug it out one inch at a time, day by day. At the end of the day – if you live long enough – most people get what they deserve.”
This philosophy just makes life so simple. It cuts through all the BS, all the complaints, all the noise, and leaves you with one simple question. Do you deserve what you want?
And if you don’t, how can you start deserving what you want?
Quickly reflect on your own life. Do you deserve to have the body you want? The money you want? The relationships you want? The social life you want? The grades you want? The career you want?
If your answer’s no, then find what you can do to increase your deserve-it factor and take it step by step; slug it out one inch at a time.
Just remember, as Jim Rohn says, the world responds to seed, not to need. You can’t change your life in a day, but you can change the direction of your life in a day.
It all starts with deserving what you want.
- Thomas Edison’s work ethic
“I am wondering what would have happened to me if some fluent talker had converted me to the theory of the eight-hour day and convinced me that it was not fair to my fellow workers to put forth my best efforts in my work. I am glad that the eight-hour day had not been invented when I was a young man. If my life had been made up of eight-hour days I do not believe I could have accomplished a great deal. This country would not amount to as much as it does if the young men of fifty years ago had been afraid that they might earn more than they were paid for.” ~ Thomas Edison
Put in as much work as it takes. Screw the 4-hour workweek mentality. Screw the punch the clock mentality. Sure, work efficiently as possible, but if you’re trying to find a way to work only 4 hours a week, then you’re in the wrong job. Nothing significant has ever been achieved by a 4-hour work week.
Do what it takes to get the job done. No more, no less.
Don’t be one of those people who work just hard enough not to get fired, but as little as it takes to get the paycheck.
Take a leaf out of Edison’s book. Do whatever it takes.
- “If you’re in a job that you need a vacation from, don’t go back.”
This was the advice that Tai was given by his mentor Joel Salatin. And man, is this a hard dose of reality for a lot of us to face.
In Mihaly Czikzsentmihalyi’s book “Flow – The Psychology of Optimal Experiences”, flow is defined as a state of human consciousness where you completely lose track of time, and are utterly immersed in the moment. In other words, we live for this blissful state of Flow.
Can people live in a continuous state of flow?
Yes. Czikzsentmihalyi explains that in the modern world, people DO live in a continuous state of flow. They’re just hard to find. For example, Alpine farmers.
What’s their secret to living a life of flow?
Interestingly, for these people, it could be argued that they either work 16 hours a day, or not at all.
They get up, tend to their animals, milk their cows, have breakfast with their family, work with their neighbours and family who are also their friends and where they find love, then sleep in the evening after a day of physical exercise which couples as their “job”.
They integrate health, wealth, love and happiness so well that you can’t pull them apart. They all blend seamlessly into each other. You can’t say this part of their life is only “health”, or this is only their “job”. No. Their “job”, their health, their love and happiness are their life.
But why should we care?
The happiest people on Earth live lives where their health, wealth, love and happiness are all interconnected. So the moral of the story is integrate your life. As Picasso says,
“Never permit a dichotomy to rule your life, a dichotomy in which you hate what you do so you can have pleasure in your spare time. Look for a situation in which your work will give you as much happiness as your spare time.”
Tai lived with the Amish for 2 years. One day, he asked his Amish friend (one of the happiest guys he’d ever met), “when was the last time you took a vacation?” He replied “when I was 21 after I got married”. The guy is in his sixties, so he’s spent 40 years living with no technology milking cows at 5am everyday, yet he said it with a mischievous smile on his face that said “I know something you don’t, Tai.”
The Amish don’t take vacations, yet enjoy 1/5th of the depression rate of everyone else. Compare to our society, our TGIF (thank god it’s Friday) culture, where we live anything BUT integrated lives. Our friends are not our colleagues, we date people online, we drive 20 minutes to go the gym, we have huge wall between “work” and “life”. 70% of Americans hate their jobs.
Most of us arrive Monday morning and we’re already begging for Friday. We spend the week begging for the weekend, and we spend the weekend fearing the start of the week. Is this what Thoreau meant by “lives of quiet desperation”?
Does this mean that we should be workaholics? No. It means that you build in downtime to your routine. It means that you tap-dance to work in the morning. It means that you should be excited to be alive.
Make sure you’re devoting enough time to all 4 pillars. Think downtime, not vacations.
- Keep Big things Big, and small things small.
When asked to touch a lute, Themistocles replied, “I cannot fiddle, but I can make a small town into a great state.”
Most of us are penny wise and dollar foolish. Not just with money but with life in general. Think about it. How much time do you devote to the most important things in your life? And how much time do you waste doing non-urgent, meaningless tasks?
If your day was a pie chart, how much of the pie would be filled by doing really important things?
In his mind-blowing book The One Thing, Gary Keller asks the question “What is the ONE THING you can do right now that by doing it, makes everything else easier or unnecessary?” He also says that the vast majority of successful people have been successful purely because they direct their focus on ONE THING. Michael Jordan and basketball. Bill Gates and computers. Picasso and art. Although Richard Branson started many businesses, he directed his energy into one at a time.
Basically, identify your ONE THING – the most important thing you can be doing right now, and devote a significant chunk of your time doing it. Invest most of your time doing the most important things. Sounds simple, right? But I know that I’m not great at it. Are you?
Bruce Lee says “The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” Legendary life coach Tony Robbins says that there are three decisions that we all control each moment of our lives. The first is what to focus on.
So what are you and I focusing on?
We need to make sure we’re focusing on the big things – keeping big things big, rather than wasting our focus on small, trivial things, like which emoticon to choose in a facebook conversation, which filter to use on instagram, or which colour of socks we should buy.
Keep big things big, and small things small. Embrace the chaos in the small, and focus on the big, one thing at a time.
- Ratchet Your Way To Success
ratcheting : a process involving a series of irreversible steps
I love this idea because it embodies the core idea of dreambigstartsmall – building changes and habits that last.
Warren Buffett, when asked for a principle of his success, used a baseball analogy. He said don’t try and go for home runs every time. Just hit lots of first-bases – the secret to success is making lots of little hits.
In the 67 Steps, Tai Lopez calls this ratcheting. You start small and pick something achievable. Like hitting first base. Then, when you do that consistently, and you build the habit, you ratchet it up a bit further. So each change you make is permanent. If you build a bit of muscle, lose a bit of fat, learn some Spanish, increase the social skills, it’s all permanent change. It’s permanent change because you’ve forged new habits.
And as Buffett says,
“Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.”
So to achieve something, break it down into steps, and ratchet your way through the steps.
Hit first base, and ratchet it.
Then, hit for second base, and ratchet that. Develop the habit further.
Then third base, then a home run.
For example, let’s say your goal is to start deserving the body you want. You want to build muscle and lose fat.
Hit first base, and ratchet it in. Say it’s going to the gym ONCE a week. No more, no less. Every monday morning, or Saturday afternoon say. Build the habit, and make it too strong to be broken.
Next, go to second base. Add in a walk once a week. Ratchet the habit. No going back.
Then third base, start working out twice a week.
Then finally, last base, you’re hitting the gym 3 times a week and walking week-day mornings. Bam. Now you’re much closer to deserving the body you want.
Use this approach in all areas – health, wealth, love and happiness.
Ratchet it up, baby!
- Pay to Learn. No-one Takes Free Advice
I used to think that getting things for free was the bee’s knees, until I heard entrepreneur James Swanwick’s story. He went to loads of conferences and seminars for free, came away with pages of notes, but didn’t act on them, and stayed stuck.
Why didn’t he act on them? Because he didn’t have anything on the line. He didn’t make a commitment. He wasn’t all-in. It wasn’t until he lit a fire under himself by investing most of his life-savings into a course that he really took himself to the next level.
So nowadays, I don’t want anything for free. I WANT to pay to learn. I want that fire beneath me. I want to commit, to pay. I want to go all in. You don’t get the best out of yourself until you’re all in.
When the vikings sailed across the ocean to plunder and pillage, they’d burn their ships when they reached the shore. With their escape route up in flames, it was do or die. Sink or swim. It’s like the baby eagles getting kicked out of the nest before they know how to fly. The fastest way to learn is throwing yourself off your cliff and learning to fly on the way down.
Pay yourself rich. Pay to learn. Pay for advice. Put yourself on the line. Put some skin in the game. Light that fire beneath you.
- Double Down on Your Own Brain
“Investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make. It will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those around you.”~ Robin Sharma
“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
Imagine someone told you about an investment that you were in complete control of. You can always keep an eye on it, you keep 100% of the profits, you can take it anywhere in the world, it’s not volatile to market fluctuations, and it has hundreds of intangible benefits to you and those around you…
You’d say “hell yeah, gimme some!”
That investment is yourself. So why don’t we all do it? Why invest in other people’s success through stocks when you could be investing in your own success?
What does investing in yourself mean?
It means spending time and money on your brain. Buy books. Buy courses. Go to seminars, hire coaches. Hire a personal trainer for a month. Spend money on high quality food. Spend money on travelling; learning languages and about other cultures. Spend money on making health, wealth, love and happiness experiments.
Invest more time in yourself. Spend time exercising, reading, journaling, meditating. Invest as much time as possible in becoming the strongest version of yourself. You are the best investment you can make. Double down on your mind and body.
- Watch out for Evolutionary Tendencies, and Cognitive Biases
The subconscious mind of the modern day human is near-identical to that of our cave-man ancestors. And this causes problems. Because our modern world is completely different to the one we called home 10,000 years ago.
Our bodies tell us to eat copious amounts of salt, sugar and fat to boost fat stores to help us survive the famine just around the corner. But when there’s no famine, and there’s plenty of fat and sugar in convenient bite-sized packages, it’s a recipe for disaster.
In addition to our evolutionary psychology, our mind is easily tricked by our modern world where we see thousands of advertisements each day, meet hundreds of new people, and tackle new challenges all the time.
Charlie Munger has a list of 25 cognitive biases that we should all watch out for. These include the scarcity bias, social proof, availability, doubt-avoidance, curiosity and influence from association bias.
These biases are used against us at supermarkets, on youtube, when buying a car, at sports games…For example, why at supermarkets do they put the offers next to the till? Why is an auction house a terrible place to keep a cool-head and stick to a budget? Why does a countdown timer make you buy? Why do people prefer doing business with their friends? Why do people associate attractiveness with intelligence? Why do celebrity endorsements work? Why does your behaviour change in a group?
Understanding these cognitive biases allows us to avoid bad situations, recognise when people are trying to manipulate us, and also persuade people for the better too.
- Everything is Your Fault.
Get beaten up and robbed in your thirties? Then it’s your fault. You should’ve started practicing martial arts years ago! Not got any friends? Well, that’s your fault too. Miss your flight to Barbados? Your fault again – you could’ve left more margin for error.
This is kinda similar to deserving what you want. If you don’t deserve what you want, then the universe is going to hand you something that you don’t want. It’s up to you to prepare for it.
Complain that you’ve got no muscle in old age? Then you should’ve built more muscle in your youth. Complain that you got laid off? You should’ve seen it coming and developed other skills.
Once you start to see everything as your fault, and you shift the responsibility from external to internal, you truly become the master of your fate and the captain of your soul.
- Innovate your way out of problems.
This one comes courtesy of Jeff Bezos, the owner and founder of Amazon.
“Jeff does a couple of things better than anyone I’ve ever worked for. He embraces the truth. A lot of people talk about the truth, but they don’t engage their decision-making around the best truth at the time. The second is that he is not tethered by conventional thinking. What is amazing to me is that he is only bound by the laws of physics. He can’t change those. Everything else he views as open for discussion.” ~ Rick Dalzell
Apart from the laws of physics, everything else is up for grabs. This is innovation, and this is how you get yourself from where you are to where you want to be.
If you’re stuck in a sticky situation, then just innovate your way out of it. No money? Innovate. No friends? Innovate. Bad relationship? Innovate. Want something? Innovate.
Your ceiling and possibilities are only limited by your imagination and problem solving skills. Think outside the box. If you’re stuck, then you’re not innovating enough.
- Embrace Le Grind
People want life, but without the hard bit. They want life without the grind. But they don’t realise that life is the hard bit. Life is the grind, man! If you don’t want the grind, then you don’t want life! The joy in life is the grind. When you find joy in the moment, in pushing your limits, in challenging yourself, in the sweat on your head and the wind on your back… that’s when you start enjoying life.
In Eckhart Tolle’s book The Power of Now, he tells the story of a buddhist monk that is searching for enlightenment. After years of searching and frustration, he goes to the market where he hears a conversation between the butcher and a customer.
“Which cut of meat is the best?” the customer asks.
“They are all the best.” the butcher replies.
After hearing the butcher’s reply, the monk reaches enlightenment. He realises that there is no best moment; no best minute, no best hour, no best day, no best year. They are all the best.
If you treat any moment as just a means to an end, you’re missing the point of life. Life is the moment. Life is the journey. Embracing the blood, sweat and tears it takes to sculpt a masterpiece from your marble is what it’s all about.
As Tom Hanks says, “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.”
The Good Life is supposed to be hard.
- Ignoring the 99%, and listening to the 1%
“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
Don’t take advice from the mass of men. Harsh, but true. Ignore 99% of people, but when you find that 1%, make sure you take heed of every word.
A mentor of mine calls this the black Lamborghini test: only take wealth advice from people who could walk into a Lamborghini dealership and walk out with keys in their hands.
In other words, only take advice from people who you’d want to trade shoes with. Don’t take wealth advice from people who are broke, health advice from people who are overweight, and relationship advice from people who are never in happy relationships.
Seek advice from the very best. Seek advice from people with the results that you want. Go straight to the top.
Be like Abraham Lincoln, who said “I learn from everybody, but from most I learn what not to do.”
- You need a Mentor
“We are in the habit of saying that it was not in our power to choose the parents who were allotted to us, that they were given to us by chance. But we can choose whose children we would like to be.” ~ Seneca
“We cannot live long in that celestial realm of all genius without becoming a little finer than we were.” ~ Will Durant
Napoleon Hill in his classic Think and Grow Rich mentions the power of mentors. He conducts advisory counsels in his head every evening, where his mentors are seated round a circular table. He then asks the likes of Abraham Lincoln for advice. Hill says that this practice has been incredibly powerful for him, but admits that it’s quite a far-out idea for most people to grasp.
I guess that’s on the extreme end of the spectrum, but to get things started, just realise that all the greats had mentors. Alexander the Great had Achilles and Aristotle, Aristotle had Socrates, Socrates had Plato, Napoleon kept Alexander the Great’s biography by his bedside, Warren Buffett was taught by Benjamin Graham, Kobe Bryant modelled his game around Michael Jordan, and Einstein met a mentor every week over lunch.
Mentors can be in-person, through video, or in books. The important thing is using the wisdom they’ve distilled throughout their life to cut years off your own learning curve. Ask them for advice. Think what they would do in your position.
A reason why mentors are so powerful is that they raise your bar insanely high. Suddenly, your achievements appear very small, and your mountains seem like molehills – in a good way. Get inspired by what they’ve achieved, and what you could achieve also.
As Jim Rohn says, “you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
So imagine if you read a biography of someone like Alexander the Great, Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln or Che Guevara everyday before going to bed. Your average is going to go through the roof.
- Everything Takes Time
“A fence that goes up fast comes down fast.”
In the 21st century, the media rarely if ever paints the whole picture of people’s success. We only see the stars at the pinnacle of their success, when they shine the brightest. We see Michael Phelps winning the 8 gold medals, we see Ray Allen making the “miracle shot” in Game 6, we see politicians winning the election… But never do we see the years of their life committed to grinding it out.
Never do we see the gruelling workouts, the hours of pumping iron, the lactic acid burn, the hours of watching video, the disciplined diet, and all the intangibles that go into making Lebron James the best. Instead, we say he’s a freak of nature. 6’8 he may be, but you don’t get 6% body fat and 250 lbs of muscle by accident. No, sir.
Pablo Picasso had his 10 dark years before he made it as an artist. Bill Gates never took a day off between ages 20 and 30. Sam Walton, says of Wal-Mart in his autobiography “like most overnight successes, it was 20 years in the making.” Warren Buffett became a billionaire at 50, Theodore Roosevelt, the youngest president in history, was still 41 years old, 20 years after he first entered politics.
So, have you done your time?
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That’s a mere glimpse of what’s to be had in Tai Lopez’ 67 Steps. It’s been an absolute game-changer for me, and I plan to go through the 67 steps at least once every year to really let it sink in. It’s that good.
If you want the Good Life, there’s no better place to start. And in my opinion, the £67 or $67 is the best investment you’ll ever make.
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I really hope to hear your success story, and what you’ve learned from it.
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