Tai Lopez, motivational speaker and entrepreneur, is incredibly interesting because he…
- spent almost 3 years living with the Amish.
- worked at a leper colony in India.
- played an important role in the grass-fed, sustainable agriculture movement through helping Joel Salatin develop Polyface Farms.
- dropped out of college.
He also is…
- a Certified Financial Planner.
- an investor, partner, or advisor to over 20 multi-million dollar businesses.
- an author and podcast host sharing tips on how to achieve health, wealth, love, and happiness with over 1.4 million people in 40 countries.
I had the privilege of attending one of Tai’s seminars at the 2015 Bulletproof Conference. Tai’s presentation about what it takes to live the “good life” converted me into a true fan. Luckily, after the presentation, Tai stuck around and I was able to get his publicist’s contact information. I reached out to his team and invited him to be a guest speaker for my Loyola Marymount University entrepreneurship class taught by the amazing Paul Orfalea. To my surprise, Tai answered my email and came to the class! It was a great experience and inspired me to share a few quick tidbits about we learned from him.
3 Lessons From Tai Lopez:
- Invest in yourself. A lot of times, we spend time and money on things that depreciate or add no value to our lives. Start looking at your time and money as seeds you can plant to generate and grow a better future. By investing in yourself, you increase your worth as an employee and as a person, helping you build a better profile. One way Tai invests in himself is by reading one book per day! By reading the right books, you can learn from people who have already mastered something you want to master.
- Find mentors. It’s a great idea to find at least one mentor. Building a relationship with an expert in your field is inspiring and will help you avoid common rookie mistakes. A few tips on mentors:
- Good mentors are busy. It may take some time before you can connect with one.
- Build the relationship slowly. Establish contact over an 18 month period.
- Reciprocity is important. Find a way to provide value to your mentor.
- Do your research. Buy your target mentor’s books, read their blog, etc.
- Successful people “think” differently than everyone else. Successful people take full responsibility for their life. They understand that there are tasks and habits they’ll need to commit to, as well as behaviors they’ll need to avoid if they want to reach their goals. They train their minds to stop going for immediate gratification; Instead, they focus on making more intelligent, long-term decisions. As basicgrowth.com says, “See your brain as a divided entity: one being your instinctual craving for instant gratification – the part that’s holding you back. The other being the “real you” (e.g. your neocortex) which makes intelligent decisions.”