Step 4: Picasso’s Rising Tide and the Law of 33%

The Big Idea: Use mentors to shorten your learning curve.

  • Good artists copy and great artists steal. —Picasso
  • If I’m great it’s because I’m standing on the shoulders of giants. —Einstein
  • To get what you want you must be a learning machine.
  • Poor people should take rich people to dinner.
  • 70% of communication is nonverbal.
  • Find a mentor for every goal you want, who are 10-20 years ahead of where you want to be.
  • Ellen Degeneres had Oprah as her mentor.
  • Draft behind your mentors like race cars or geese in formation.
  • Law of 33%: 1/3 of time with people below your level (good for your self-esteem and good for their development), 1/3 with people at your level (good for friendship and loyalty), 1/3 with people above your level (good for your development).
  • Don’t seek professional mentors, seek professional doers and learn from osmosis (even if difficult).
  • I don’t mind carrying a man but I don’t want him dragging his feet. –Joel Salatin
  • You want it to be tough.  You want it to be hard.  The hard is what makes it worth it. — Tom Hanks
  • Jeff Bezos was mentored by Sam Walton through Walton’s autobiography.
  • To learn from a mentor, you’ll absorb by osmosis not by direct teaching.
  • Make a list of mentors to meet who are 10-20 years ahead of you.
  • Be persistent in trying to contact mentors.
  • Half of success is just showing up, but that means showing up over and over.
  • Email + handwritten letter >> email alone.
  • Be patient when cultivating mentors because people need time to trust you.
  • Mentors can weave in and out of your life, keep in touch.
  • LPT: become a blogger in order to interview possible mentors, then always give them a small gift.
  • Reciprocal bias/reward bias: buy mentors small gifts and they will remember you.
  • LPT: give an assistant automated instructions to send potential mentors small gifts (eg coffee table book of their city).
  • Also add value to your mentor’s life.
  • Great books can be mentors but in-person mentors are preferred.
  • Try for the top guys in your field first.
  • Add value 3 times before asking for value 1 time.
  • Read great books to make you worthy of mentorship.

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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