Skyrocketed from obscurity to authority in the wake of his now-viral ad “Here in my garage”, Tai Lopez is arguably one of the best known and most controversial educators and marketers on the planet.
Between his lavish lifestyle, impressive business acumen, and remarkable Rolodex, Tai has become a virtual mentor to millions around the world by disseminating wisdom from his mentors to the masses.
Whether you love him, hate him, or haven’t heard of him, Tai’s insights into the “good life” proffer invaluable wisdom and directives for living.
And today, I want to share a few of my favorite Tai Lopez quotes to help you live the good life and achieve the health, wealth, love, and happiness you’ve been after for so long.
Let’s dive in.
The 10 Best Tai Lopez Quotes that Will Help You Achieve the “Good Life”
1. “Divide up your life. Spend 33% of your time around people lower than you, you can mentor them. Spend 33% of your time with people that are on your level – your friends and peers. Spend 33% of your time with people that are 10-20 years ahead of you. Those are your mentors.”
From the time we were little boys, we were inundated with lessons and social memes about the importance of our social circle. However, few, if any of us, were taught how to effectively build a network that simultaneously challenges and fulfills us.
To build a network that supports us on every level, it’s important to divvy up your time among three groups. Those “lower” (read: less accomplished) than you, those on your level, and those 10-20 years ahead of you. By doing this, you not only avoid being pulled down by those on a lower level of personal and professional growth but you also avoid falling prey to “imposter syndrome”, an inevitable byproduct of spending all of your time around those playing the game of life 10X harder than you are.
By dividing your network in such a way, you will have individuals to mentor and to whom you can pay it forward (lower than you), individuals who are going through the journey with you and can share in your success and failure (those on the same level), and individuals who can mentor you and provide you with the objective feedback you need to shorten your learning curve and achieve success faster.
2. “True wealth is being able to drop whatever it is your doing and go do something else or travel somewhere else without any worry.”
Most people mistakenly conflate the term “wealth” with financial resources. Although the number in your bank account does have some bearing on your wealth, it’s only one piece of the puzzle. Because true wealth is not relegated to the purely capitalistic but is determined by power and freedom.
You can make $1,000,000 a year, but if you work 90 hours a week, can’t go on vacations with your family, and can’t remember the last time you took a real weekend, you aren’t truly wealthy. True wealth is about freedom. The freedom to do the things you want to do (travel, relax, splurge on a great meal or fancy pair of jeans), but more importantly the freedom from doing things you hate…having the ability to say “yes” or “no” on your own terms and in your own way.
Never forget that money is but one arbiter of your wealth. It’s better to make $60,000 a year working 30 hours a week and taking two months off each year than it is to make $600,000 a year and being forced to sell your soul to do it.
3. “You can get most things you want in life. It’s just that most goals will take one or two years longer than expected. Be patient.”
With the proliferation of “overnight success stories” on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube, it’s easy to believe that you can compress 3-5 years worth of hard work and achievement into 12 short months. But the simple truth of the matter is success takes time.
I spent almost seven years building Knowledge for Men before we broke through to 7-figures in revenue. The Second Edition of The Dating Playbook for Men (what I believe to be the best dating book on the market today) took almost 6 months longer than my team and I anticipated. It took me more than five years of consistent effort before I was able to meet, interact with, and date the women I wanted.
Everything, without exception, takes longer than you expect it to.
Nothing worth having can be achieved in one night, one month, or even one year. Success is a long and arduous process that requires patience and persistence in the face of adversity. So if you’re feeling disgruntled and burned out on your goals, take a deep breath and remember…you can have everything you want, but only if you’re willing to be patient and put in the time.
4. “To get what you want, you have to deserve what you want.”
Entitlement seems to be an inextricable part of modern culture. For whatever reason, we live in a world where everyone seems to believe that the universe somehow owes them financial success, a jaw dropping body, luxurious adventures, a perfect life partner (or partners), and unfettered happiness…and that it owes them all of these things in exchange for nothing.
But their beliefs are unfounded. The universe doesn’t care about you, your goals, or your happiness. It operates on principles and laws far beyond the realm of our current understanding and no amount of entitled whining will sway its course.
The only way to get what you want out of this life is to first deserve what you want. If you aren’t willing to wake up early, hit the gym hard, and eat the right foods, you don’t deserve (and won’t get) an amazing body. If you aren’t willing to develop your social skills, face rejection, and put in the time to understand how human emotions and dynamics actually work, you don’t deserve and won’t have an amazing dating life.
Although bad things happen to good people (and vice versa) there is a certain justice in the world we live in. And for most of you reading this, you have exactly what you deserve and have worked for.
Instead of being entitled to what you want, strive to be deserving of what you want. Because, if you live long enough, most of us get what we deserve.
5. “Everything wrong in your life is just a sign. A signal to change. Be humble enough to bow your knee and listen and act.”
When caught in the throes of poverty, depression, existential anxiety, or a serious breakup, it’s easy to lose sight of reality. To believe that the universe is punishing you or that there’s something fundamentally flawed with you as a man.
But there isn’t.
Everything in your life that is going wrong is simply a sign. And if you’re willing to look for them, those signs will provide you with the exact “marching orders” you must follow to live your perfect life.
Depression is a sign that the ways in which you spend your time and attention are not fulfilling your needs as a man. Poverty is a sign that you have failed to develop marketable skills or effectively steward your money. A breakup is a sign that the man you showed up as in your past relationship was insufficient to maintain a relationship with the right woman (or that you weren’t dating the right woman in the first place).
Everything “bad” in your life is simply a call to adventure. An invitation to take a journey and chart a path to a new destination.
Instead of falling into fear and self-pity, get excited. Realize that you can change everything in your life the second you are willing to look for the signs life is sending you and be humble enough to heed them.
6. “Increase your attention span. Your ability to concentrate predicts your long-term success at almost anything.”
This is one of my favorite Tai Lopez quotes and with good reason…In the 21st century, attention, not money is the currency of our new economy. Everything, from Facebook ads to Netflix original series to porn to clothing companies rely on the commodity of your attention. And, to stand any chance of creating success for yourself, you must master the ability to control your attention and focus it toward the things that really matter.
When it’s all said and done, your ability to concentrate, to focus on one goal or ambition at the exclusion of all else (at least for a short period of time) will determine the success you experience.
If you are pulled to and fro by the distractions of modern life…if you are sucked into consumption instead of creation by billion-dollar ad campaigns…if you cannot sit quietly in a room and myopically focus on one goal or purpose until completion…you will never achieve the life you desire.
Learn to control and increase your attention. Because it is the source of all creativity, expression, and achievement.
7. “Pain has a purpose. It revives you from delusion. It alerts you to danger. It pushes you back on the right path when you have gotten lost. Embrace it and adapt based upon the ashes.”
Our modern lives, it seems, are little more than an unending effort to escape discomfort and pain at every turn. We have been taught that pain is something negative…something to be avoided, to be escaped, to be sequestered. But pain is an inextricable part of the human experience. No matter who you are or how optimized your life may be, there will come a time when neither success nor luxury can offer an escape from the inevitable pains of human existence.
The solution, therefore, is to embrace the pain. To accept that life is filled with tragedy, chaos, and heartbreak. That no matter how hard you try, you will be forced to confront the ugliest parts of life on our planet.
Instead of running from pain, learn to accept and choose the pain you want to experience. In doing so, you will free yourself from the delusions of grandeur and immortality, and learn to view the world as neither a pessimist nor an optimist but a realist.
Pain is an invaluable teacher. It warns you of the dangers that lie ahead (think: an anxiety attack that precipitates a full-blown heart attack) and reminds you that no one gets off of this planet unscathed.
When you embrace pain, you can learn to immunize yourself to it. To dance in the rain, to find the silver lining, to select pain in the present moment over pain in the future. And when you can control your response to pain, you gain true control over your life and destiny.
8. “People think I’m joking when I say ‘Whoever experiments most wins’…but I’m not.”
The secret to success is simple…experiment more. Most people are quick to assume that their way of doing things is the only way to do things. They latch on to one strategy or tactic and, even after finding it to be inefficient for achieving their goals, continue with it no matter what.
To achieve the success you desire, you must experiment more. Test out different habits, strategies, and ideas quickly until you find what works.
Too many people forget that, as humans, we are all wildly unique and individual. The mandates of one guru may work for one person but not another and the only way to create a lasting strategy for success is to constantly iterate, challenge your assumptions, ask better questions, and run more experiments.
9. “Make money yes. But be sure in doing so you don’t neglect your body. Nothing matters if your body falls apart.”
There’s an old saying, “Man. Because he sacrifices his health to make money he then sacrifices his money to recuperate his health.” And we live in a society that glorifies the sacrifice of our health and well-being at the altar of the almighty dollar.
Making money is important. It gives you freedom, power, and opportunity. But making money at the expense of your health is a fool’s game.
More importantly, it isn’t necessary. By prioritizing your health first, not only will you increase your energy, cognition, and discipline (according to research), but you will be able to perform at the highest levels sustainably.
Although sacrificing your health for money may help you make short term gains, it comes at the cost of long term sustainability. By putting your health first, you’ll add one to two decades to your working years and dramatically improve the quality of those years and your performance.
Put your health first and trust that, in the long run, your financial life will fall into place.
10. “49% of people suffer from ”paralysis by over-analysis.” The other 49% act without thinking. Be part of the small group who both think and act.”
Our society is caught between two extremes. On one end, we have those who are mired by information overwhelm. They become so caught up in the sea of possibilities and endless information that they struggle to make even the most basic of decisions. They waste incalculable hours over-optimizing their strategy without ever taking action on their strategy or implementing what they’ve learned.
On the other end are those who take a “Ready, Fire, Aim” approach to every aspect of their lives. They act rashly and with little regard to the long term consequences of their actions, assuming that incessant motion is the key to success.
Avoid these extremes. Be deliberate with your actions and decisions and avoid haste when necessary. But once you have thought things through, take action.
The key to lasting success is to balance information and implementation and to avoid becoming caught in the grips of either extreme.
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