Step 24: Gandhi’s Funeral, Stephen Covey’s Wars, and Flurries Of Activity

The Big Idea: Know Your Endgame In Life. Win Wars, Not Battles. 

  • Depression’s function is to tell you to change.
  • Ask yourself: when I die how many people will show up at my funeral?
  • When Adolf Hitler died, the world celebrated.
  • When Gandhi died, the world mourned.
  • Most people are rewarded for flurries of activity. Do stuff. Stay busy.
  • Parkinson’s law says that people will take as long as you give them to complete a task.
  • Consider paying for the task instead of time.
  • The battle mentality is getting paid for your time.
  • The war mentality is focusing on winning the war over winning the battles.
  • Some friends don’t show up but send you immense apologies afterward (flurry of activity.) Other friends just show up (winning the war.)
  • Win wars, not battles.
  • Know (and write down) your end goals regarding: Health, Wealth, Love, Happiness.
  • Reach your goals and you’ll win the war and pass the funeral test.
  • Making less than $80k is probably scarcity.
  • Your goal may not be to be a billionaire but there is much to learn from their success.
  • People are programmed to be happy around other people.
  • Remember Dunbar’s Number is 150 strong relationships.
  • Win 4 wars for a successful life: Health, Wealth, Love, Happiness.
  • Most successful people start immediately on their goals as children. Steven Spielberg start making movies at 7.
  • Time spent defining your life goals will save you time in the long-run.
  • Who is the epitome, for you, of someone who passed the funeral test?
  • Do you have a clear endgame for your life?
  • What does success in Health, Wealth, Love, Happiness look for you?
  • Where is there a flurry of activity but no results in your life?

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.  

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