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Tai is an aspiring renaissance man. He is the author of a few books on unrelated subjects, a member of MENSA: the high IQ society, a self made millionaire in his 20’s, a Certified Financial Planner, CHFC, CLU, and most importantly a student of life with a ton of books (5000 plus at the last count).
He wishes no one ever had seen when he was on Bravo’s “The Millionaire Matchmaker” – unfortunately his episode is the highest rated yet.
Tai is part of the list of college dropouts (but managed to earn 10 or so credits). He has been an entrepreneur for 18 years and has started 12 multi million dollar companies that are all still running successfully.
Tai is addicted to traveling (51 countries on 6 continents so far) seeking the advice of the world’s top minds. He credits 90% of his success to five mentors (three millionaires and two billionaires) who pointed the way.
Favorite Success Quote
“To get what you want you have to deserve what you want.” – Charlie Munger
“The world doesn’t respond to need to it responds to seed.” – Jim Rohn
1. Commit to Massive Self Education
If you want to succeed at high levels in any area of your life, then you must commit yourself to massive self education.
Tai has been reading a book a day for almost a decade, drawing the “golden nuggets” and most valuable insights from thousands of books throughout his journey.
And his commitment to massive self education has lead to the levels of success and fulfillment he enjoys today.
Whatever area of life you are struggling in, whether it’s finances, relationships, happiness, health, or personal growth, someone else has made thousands of mistakes and dedicated years of their life to solving that problem.
And not only have they dedicated the time and the resources to solving that problem, but they have made the solutions and insights that they learned readily available to you in the form of a 250 page book.
Go out to your local library today and pick up 7 new books about one specific area of life.
For one week, devote 30 minutes each morning to finding that one golden nugget in each of these books and then take action on that information.
If you do this regularly, I can promise you that your life will never be the same.
2. Prepare for a Rainy Day
One of the best pieces of advice Tai ever received was to prepare for a rainy day.
Most humans go about living their lives like things will be perfect forever.
They assume that their body will always work the way that it does, that their finances will always be the way that they are, and that their relationships will always be great.
But if you are not actively preparing for a rainy day, that day will come when you wish that you had.
You will injure yourself and wish that you had taken better care of your body.
You will lose a massive client and wish that you had reserves of cash.
You will break up with your girl friend and wish that you had devoted more time to your male relationships so that you had support to help you through your tough times.
Prepare for a rainy day so that when it inevitably comes, you will be ready and can face the storm with a smile.
3. Understand Your Hunter Gatherer Brain
You need to realize that your brain is not wired for the 21st century.
Your brain is wired for the planes of the Sahara.
It’s not wired to handle the massive amounts of stimulus being thrown at you each day, it’s not wired to handle the easy access to sugary foods, and it’s not wired to handle the stresses of modern life in a healthy way.
On your journey of self education, one of the best things that you can do is to take the time to understand how the grey matter between your ears really works.
When you understand the science of your hunter gatherer brain, you can set your environment up to ensure that you can overcome your genetic wiring to achieve your goals in the modern world.
4. Do Your Best to Eliminate Evolutionary Mismatch
We are evolutionarily mismatched for our environments.
We were meant to walk for miles each day, to hunt and then relax, to sleep when the sun went down and get up when it rose.
We were not designed to sit in front of a desk for 8 hours a day, subject ourselves to the constant stresses of work and life, or to sleep the crazy and erratic hours that most of us follow.
If you want to be the healthiest and happiest you can be, you need to find a way to eradicate evolutionary mismatch anyway that you can.
Buy a standup desk, sleep in a blacked out room, eat only whole foods, practice intermittent fasting, walk outside in nature, and build a tribe of less than 150 people who you genuinely connect with.
5. When You Fail Get Excited
Whenever you fail at something, it’s time to get excited.
While you can party when you’re successful, you get the chance to ponder and grow when you fail.
And all great insights and breakthroughs come from pondering and thinking about your life.
So don’t get discouraged when you fail, get excited.
Use it as an opportunity to spring yourself forward into new levels of success until you fail, fall down, and have the chance to learn again.
Evolutionary Psychology by David Buss
Total Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger
When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead by Jerry Weintraub
Civilization and it’s Discontent by Sigmund Freud
Poor Charlie’s Almanac by Charlie Munger