EVERYBODY WANTS THE GOOD LIFE, BUT NOT EVERYBODY GETS THE GOOD LIFE...
How would your life be different if Bill Gates was your business mentor, Warren Buffett was your investment advisor, and the Dalai Lama was your teacher?
Finding mentors like this is one of the biggest predictors of your future success. As Picasso said, "Good artists copy, great artists steal."
At age 16, Tai realized that life was too complex to figure out on his own.
So Tai wrote a letter to the wisest person he knew, his grandfather - a scientist - and asked for the answers to life's hard questions.
Tai was disappointed with his grandfather's reply. There was no "secret formula." The letter simply said, "Tai, the modern world is too complicated. You'll never find all the answers from just one person. If you're lucky, you'll find a handful of people throughout your life who will point the way."
But one week later his grandfather sent a package containing an old, dusty set of eleven books with a note, "Start by reading these."
When you browse the internet or walk past a magazine rack you are tempted with headlines that promise:
"3 Steps To Becoming Rich," or
"How To Lose 30 pounds in 14 days," or
"2 Quick Secrets To Find Your Soulmate and Love This Weekend," or even,
"How To Go From Depressed To Happy, Overnight"
Most of those promises are just a hook to get you to buy something. They lure you in but rarely hold up their end of the deal.
But in my experience, getting the good life isn't quite that simple. You must avoid chasing a mirage, the lies of modern day life (that is actually step #32 in the 67 Steps).
There are no "3 quick secrets" or anything of real value that you can get overnight. That's what marketers want to sell you.
The real question I asked myself many years ago was, "If there aren't 3 steps to get whatever you want, how many steps really are there? And if you can't get success overnight, how quickly can you actually make a big change?"
Your success in life hinges upon you finding the answer to these questions.
In some ways the answer has already been laid out by the self-made billionaire Charlie Munger when he said, "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."
Start by asking yourself: do you tap dance out of bed each morning? Are you so excited about life that you can't wait to wake up? Not many people are. But it would be nice. It's a beautiful way to live.
It sounds like an impossible feat - to really live the dream. Like Tai said in his recent TED Talk, everybody wants the good life, but not everybody gets the good life.
The good news is that you don't have to be like everyone else. You can be the exception to the rule.
Don't follow the crowd, because most of the world is just the blind leading the blind.
Fortunately, there have been many wise people over the last 8,000 years of civilization. And they point the way. They have left clues.
If you proceed carefully, you will not be part of those desperate masses.
You must start by following Pablo Picasso's rule of life:
"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."
Over the years, Tai sought out the secrets to that "Good Life" by setting up his life as a series of experiments. He began by first reading thousands of books from the most impactful figures in history: Freud, Aristotle, Gandhi, Charlie Munger, Sam Walton, Descartes, Darwin, Confucius, and countless others.
The good life we all want is found at the intersection of science, knowledge, philosophy, and wisdom. The easiest place for you to find the "good life" is in this combination.
He spent two-and-a-half years living with the Amish; spent time working at a leper colony in India; and helped Joel Salatin pioneer grass-fed, sustainable agriculture on Polyface Farms.
He then joined the long list of college dropouts-turned-entrepreneurs and ended up completely broke (sleeping on his mom's couch) until he talked five, multi-millionaire entrepreneurs into mentoring him.
Tai went on to become a Certified Financial Planner and worked in the world of finance before becoming a founder, investor, advisor, or mentor to more than 20 multi-million dollar businesses while settling in the Hollywood Hills.
He appeared on various TV and radio shows, spoke at top global universities like The London Business School and the University of Southern California, and created one of the top downloaded podcasts and YouTube channels, "The Grand Theory of Everything."
In order to get feedback from an even larger audience, Tai started what is now one of the world's largest book clubs which reaches 1.4 million people in 40 countries with his "Book-Of-The-Day" free email newsletter.
Tai recently summarized all he has learned from his mentors and compiled them into a series of 'mentor shortcuts' he calls, "The 67 Steps."
In this talk, Tai shares a few of these "67 Steps" with you:
1. "Picasso's Rising Tide and the Law of 33%"
2. "Sam Walton's Night In A Brazilian Jail"
3. "The New Rules Of Reading"
4. "Stoic vs. Epicurean"
Remember, everyone wants the good life but not everyone gets the good life because not everyone is willing to do what it takes. You must be different. You must do what most won't.
As Thoreau says, "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation."
So let this talk inspire you to read a little more, search a little harder, find a few more mentors, and rise above a life of mundane compromise and resignation as you stretch further towards the "Good Life."
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