Step 6: Sculpture vs Lottery and the Anthropic Media Bias

The Big Idea: The media lies to you about success.  Success takes years of focused work towards a wisely-chosen goal.

  • The media lies to you about success
  • The media doesn’t emphasize Bill Gates worked 7 days a week for ten years.  Arnold Schwarzenegger worked out 4 hours a day during his teens.
  • Overnight success takes years
  • Learn to love the grind, because life is a grind, don’t wait
  • Love your life, perfect your life —Tecumseh
  • Sculpture Approach: identify a rock (goal) and chip away (work) until it becomes a sculpture (success)
  • Understand your strengths and choose goals that build upon your strengths
  • Jeff bezos embraces the truth
  • The narrative bias oversimplifies things
  • Magazines are the worst at oversimplifying things
  • Media bias will lead to the lottery bias (overnight success)
  • It took Warren Buffett 49 years to go from first stock purchase (1941) to billionaire (1990)
  • Spend a day trying to go to bed a little wiser than when you woke up —Charlie Munger
  • At the end of the day, if you live long enough, most people get what they deserve.  —Charlie Munger
  • Pick the rock of your health, wealth, love, and happiness and chip away
  • The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit. —Moliere

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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