Step 14: The Shaolin Monk & Touching An Electric Fence

The Big Idea: Prepare for what is difficult when it is easy.

  • If you take the approach that everything is your fault, you can begin to anticipate and plan for many scenarios (disease, recession, breakup, accidents).
  • If you get mugged and beat up at 30, it’s your fault because you could have been training since you were 10.  — Shaolin monk
  • Constantly scan the horizon for dangers and then prepare for them.
  • Unexpected events are rarely completely unexpected.  You can prepare for most “unexpected” events.
  • Prepare for the worst and you’ll sleep more soundly (not be anxious).
  • Prepare for what’s difficult when it’s easy.  — Lao Tzu
  • Forget the law of attraction.  Prepare for the future and then work hard to make it happen.
  • Always ask yourself: what are you missing?  What are you not thinking of?
  • Things you can do now to prepare: save money, get rid of belly fat.
  • Even Warren Buffett has $20B in cash, just in case.
  • Accept responsibility for mistakes, learn, and then move on.  Don’t fixate.
  • Go to an old folks home and talk to people about their lives,
  • Learn, read and prepare for what might happen.
  • Be a learning machine.  I learned that bullets only travel 3 feet underwater and it saved my life.  — Louis Zamparini
  • Don’t fixate.  Fix it.
  • Sources: Unbreakable, Helen Keller, The Snowball

Tai Lopez is an entrepreneur, investor, and blogger who runs an awesome online book club. 67 Steps is a lecture series teaching how to be successful in health, wealth, love, and happiness.  I’m a big fan.


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