The Tai Lopez Show

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“You are what you are, and you have to build on your strengths” - Tai Lopez

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Have you heard the saying “jack of all trades, master of none?” It comes from the idea that someone who tries to do EVERYTHING might end up not being really good at anything. It’s the idea behind specialization. Too many people are trying to be too broad, or are trying to build on their weaknesses, instead of recognizing their strengths and working on those, to optimize their results.

Then, work to surround yourself with people who have strengths in areas that you have weaknesses in, so that every area is covered. To spend too much time, energy, and effort working on your weaknesses will only be a waste of time.

Therefore, the key is to be able to accurately identify your real strengths, and this is something that most people have a very hard time doing. Listen to this episode to learn how to find your real strengths, and build on them, to live the best life possible!

“Awareness about yourself and who you are is the most important, first step” - Tai Lopez

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Points to Keep In Mind

  • The idea of authenticity is tricky, because it tends to mean different things to different people
  • You can change part of you, but part of you will always remain the same
  • You are what you are, and you have to build on your strengths
  • You’re wasting your effort and energy if you’re building on your weaknesses instead of your strengths
  • You can be very successful without trying to become someone other than who you are
  • Very few people actually have a good understanding of their strengths
  • A lot of people project what they wish was their strength, when it is not
  • Society will tell you that you need to be one way, but society speaks in generalizations which are often not completely correct
  • To find your strengths, go back to what people said about you when you were very young
  • Make a list of all your goals over the last 18 months, and then be very honest about which things were actually accomplished, and which you didn’t really do
  • Don’t beat yourself up over your weaknesses, focus on improving your strengths
  • Surround yourself with people who complement your weaknesses
  • No matter what your personality is, there’s somebody who is the exact opposite, and you should get around people like that
  • Awareness about yourself and who you are is the most important, first step
  • Find a balance in your life between all the things that you want, and allocate time
Direct download: tai_lopez_-_Ep_4-27-17_-_FINAL_MIX.mp3
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“The main reason that people procrastinate is because they don’t have the right rewards setup for themselves” - Tai Lopez

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Most people have an extremely difficult time being productive and getting everything done that they need to because they constantly procrastinate. If you could learn how to end procrastination in your life, your productivity and output would absolutely skyrocket.

Today’s episode is about how you can set the right rewards in your life to make sure that you always have plenty of motivation to get beyond the temptation to procrastinate. And while the exact rewards will vary from person to person, the most important thing is knowing yourself well enough to know what rewards need to be set up for you, in order for you to not procrastinate.

“Stay calm and cool under pressure” - Tai Lopez

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Points to Keep In Mind

  • The reward is never as good as you think it will be, and pain is never as bad as you think
  • Money is not as great as people think
  • The school system is messed up because it doesn’t show reward to make people want to work
  • The main reason that people procrastinate is because they don’t have the right rewards setup for themselves
  • Use the rewards that you know will inspire you to massive action
  • More important than money, fast cars, or any material thing, is really understanding what inspires you
  • Stay realistic about each step of your life, keep it in context, probably none of it is as big a deal as you think
  • Stay calm and cool under pressure
Direct download: tai_lopez_-_Ep_4-20-17_-_FINAL_MIX.mp3
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“At least 70% of the people who meet will be psychologically abnormal in some way” - Tai Lopez

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Do you know what the Dark Triad is? The Dark Triad is a test that people can take that will show them what levels of narcissism, machiavellianism, and psychotic tendencies they have, and it one of the most telling tests for whether you want someone in your life or not.

As you go through life, you need to start recognizing these traits and tendencies in others, so that you can be on the lookout for them, and know which people to be careful around! Knowing how to read people is one of the most important skills you can develop, and I talk about it a lot. This episode is all about the dark triad character traits you need to look out for in your acquaintances, and how to spot them.

“Learn how to recognize different psychological issues in other people, and how to deal with them” - Tai Lopez

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Points to Keep In Mind

  • At least 70% of the people who meet will be psychologically abnormal in some way
  • Understand this, and be on the lookout constantly
  • Learn how to recognize different psychological issues in other people, and how to deal with them
  • Use the Dark Triad test to understand people better
  • Narcissistic people are in love with themselves, but also insecure about how they are, so always looking for ways to exploit other people to make them seem bigger
  • Machiavellian people are manipulative, and out to get you as soon as your back is turned. Often, it’s because they were bullied when they were younger
  • Psychotic people have no remorse for the bad things they do
  • A lot of entrepreneurs and business people are psychotic, and have no remorse for the bad things that they might cause
Direct download: tai_lopez_-_Ep_4-18-17_-_FINAL_MIX.mp3
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“There’s no single thing that will do as much to increase your ability to earn as much as educating yourself” - Tai Lopez

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Standing out from the crowd is essential to earning more. If you blend in, you simply will not be noticed by the movers and shakers in any industry, so you won’t be able to climb the ladder to true influence and earning potential.

Today, I’m teaching you how to raise your VRIN score to stand out, and be more valuable in your industry, to earn more. VRIN stands for Valuable, Rare, Inimitable, and Non-Substitutable. A college degree used to be a very efficient way to raise your VRIN score, before they were so common.

But now, in the modern age, we need to find new ways to raise VRIN scores, and I’m teaching you exactly how on this episode.

“Have a combination of learning straight from the source and learning from people. Structure AND experiential learning” - Tai Lopez

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Points to Keep In Mind

  • Stand out by learning more than other people
  • You can often get visitor passes to college classes
  • There’s no single thing that will do as much to increase your ability to earn as much as educating yourself
  • You must learn things that are valuable to the world if you want to earn more
  • Understand where you stand as far as your employment status, and your full understanding of what you really want out of your life, and your motivations
  • If you’re unsure of what you should be doing, you’re never going to do a very good job of it
  • VRIN: Valuable, Rare, Inimitable, Non Substitutable
  • College degrees used to raise VRIN, because not too many people had them. Less so now
  • The new version of using college to raise your VRIN score is a combination of formal and self learning
  • Have a combination of learning straight from the source and learning from people. Structure AND experiential learning
  • Don’t underestimate the value of an elite team
  • Formalize your training program
  • Don’t just train once and expect the subject to be retained, review over and over again
Direct download: tai_lopez_-_Ep_4-17-17_-_FINAL_MIX.mp3
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“If you’re not as well equipped, you’ll always lose, even if you’re a better fighter” - Tai Lopez

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Put time and effort into developing the right toolset. Too many people think that hustle is all that they need, and that if they have enough hustle, they will get where they want to go. But it’s not true, because having the right tools, and knowing how to effectively us them will take you much farther than hustle.

And HEXACO is a perfect example of that: If you know it, and understand how to apply it to real life, you will know who you should be friends with, go into business with, or have in your life for any reason, while the person who simply sees more hustle as the goal will have to go through a process of trial and error to find the right person, and waste tons of time on the way.

Put effort into developing the right toolset through books, podcasts, seminars, conferences, and anywhere else you can learn.

“Put time, effort, and money into developing the right toolset” - Tai Lopez

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Points to Keep In Mind

  • The Hexaco score is one of the most cutting-edge psychological profiling tool to understand people
  • Hexaco stands for:
    • Honesty/humility
    • Emotionality
    • X- Extroversion
    • Agreeableness
    • Conscientiousness
    • Openness to new experiences
  • Understand Hexaco to know how to pick friends, business partners, investors, and everyone who will be a part of your life
  • If you’re not as well equipped, you’ll always lose, even if you’re a better fighter
  • When you don’t have enough equipment, you work hard, but don’t get the reward
  • Put time, effort, and money into developing the right toolset
  • Be a sponge: Learn from and soak up everything around you, just make sure it’s the right things to learn
  • Think about your life as a “progress pyramid.” Work from a strong foundation at the bottom
  • Having a negative net-worth is a dangerous place to be in
  • If you make below $80k per year, it’s very easy to be in a place of financial insecurity
  • Most people don’t have the focus to accomplish great things
Direct download: tai_lopez_-_Ep_4-14-17_-_FINAL_MIX.mp3
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“It’s not the strongest or fastest who survive, it’s the most adaptable” - Tai Lopez

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When raising money, it’s extremely important to be getting in front of the right investors. Just because an investor has a lot of money and is looking for an investment does not mean that they are a good fit for you. You have to match up the right investors for your idea.

This is the part that too many people don’t think about. You have to look for investors who have had previous “wins” in your category. These are the people who will be most excited by your idea, and see the value in it.

Learn how to find the ideal investors and business partners for your idea or venture on today’s episode!

“You know you’ve hit on something big when you starting getting parodied” - Tai Lopez

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Points to Keep In Mind

  • You have to find the right racehorse, that matches the right race course
  • In order to raise money, you have to be able to match up with investors who have real interest, and preferably past success, in your category
  • Find people who have already won through investing in your industry to increase your chances of raising money
  • It’s not the strongest or fastest who survive, it’s the most adaptable
  • The more you’re sold to, the more you ignore selling. This is the case with investors as well, which is why it takes so much effort to stand out to investors
  • You know you’ve hit on something big when you starting getting parodied
  • You must show overwhelming experience to investors in order to stand out
  • The size of the industry does not directly affect how well the company will do
Direct download: tai_lopez_-_Ep_4-13-17_-_FINAL_MIX.mp3
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“We are all deluded into thinking that we are the center of the universe, but it’s not true” - Tai Lopez

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Almost everyone in the world makes the ego-centric, which is the error of thinking, often subconsciously, that the world is all about you. That you are, in essence, the “center of the universe.” Whether people think this consciously or not, it manifests itself in the way they behave.

The mistake that this causes in sales and raising money from investors, is that you spend time making assumptions that the potential investor or customer is interested in the same things you are, instead of gathering data about what the other person is really interested in, and what is most important to them.

Learn how to see the world through the wants and desires of those around you, to be able to exert more influence, sell better, and far more effectively raise money, on this episode of the Tai Lopez Show!

“Constantly be gathering data about the world and the people around you” - Tai Lopez

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Points to Keep In Mind

  • We are all deluded into thinking that we are the center of the universe. It’s simply how our minds tend to function
  • When trying to sell or raise money, forget about what you want, and think only about what the person across from you wants
  • Gather as much data about the person you’re pitching as possible
  • Constantly be gathering data about the world and the people around you
  • Customize your presentation to match the reward that the people you’re presenting to want
Direct download: tai_lopez_-_Ep_4-11-17_-_FINAL_MIX.mp3
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“A lack of the skills of “business-savvy” is the most common constraint to business growth and success” - Tai Lopez

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Entrepreneurs and business-owners tend to have a misinformed and wrong idea of what exactly is holding them back in business. The most common thought process if that if they had morning money, they could make the business work.

But the truth is that most people are far more business-savvy constrained than money-constrained. The high-earners in the world put large amounts of time and effort into learning through reading, listening to smart people, going to conferences, and other activities.

The world is far more competitive than most people realize when it comes to having the knowledge and skill-sets for making money. Warren Buffett reads 250-1,000 pages every day, and there are many high-earners just like him to who are consuming that much information, to help them grow businesses and create revenue. This is your competition, so focus on building skill-sets!

But, in case you are at the point where you truly do require money for business-growth, this episode will teach you how to raise it from investors.

“People tend to be far more culture-savvy than business-savvy” - Tai Lopez

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Points to Keep In Mind

  • In today's society, it does take a certain amount of money to make money
  • A lot of people think that they’re capital constrained, when there is really something else holding them back
  • A lack of the skills of “business-savvy” is the most common constraint to business growth and success
  • Most people think they have business-savvy, but few people do
  • People tend to be far more culture-savvy than business-savvy, which is much less practical
  • A lot of people don’t realize how competitive the modern world is
Direct download: Tai_Lopez_-_Ep_4-10-17_-_FINAL_MIX.mp3
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“Evolution has created a mind that is not well-adapted to the modern world. It has to be trained” - Tai Lopez

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Understanding how to read somebody is one of the most important skills you can develop. While it’s almost never taught in the classroom, the ability to discern aspects of someone else’s character rightfully, asses them and understand enough about them to know if what they will bring to your life will be negative or positive, is one of the most important skills in the world.

On today’s episode, I am discussing specific negative character traits, how to spot them, and why they should be avoided at all costs.

“Be careful not to date or partner with anyone who exhibits high levels of emotional instability” - Tai Lopez

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Points to Keep In Mind

  • Evolution has created a mind that is not well-adapted to the modern world. It has to be trained
  • Be careful not to date or partner with anyone who exhibits high levels of emotional instability
  • You never know who you’re dating until there’s stress
  • Avoid people with low levels of agreeableness
  • Narcissistic people use charm to get their way initially, but then you soon find out that they only care about themselves
  • To understand neuroticism, ask yourself if someone is: Fearful, weird, or dramatic
  • Learning how to read people is one of the most important skills to develop
  • Spending a lot of time around people you like will lead to the greatest amount of happiness in your life
  • If you have to choose between money and friends, always choose friends
Direct download: tai_lopez_-_Ep_4-6-17_-_FINAL_MIX.mp3
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“Create micro-goals, that each get you slightly closer to your goal” - Tai Lopez

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Do you know how to effectively make decisions? A lot of people find themselves paralyzed by the decision making process, when in reality there is a simple tool to help you always make the right decision: Consider the downside.

In every decision you make, look at what the downside of both options is. After looking at both, you usually will realize that one is far worse than the other, and your decision is instantly made.

In addition, the ability to focus is as valuable as ever, but in far less supply than ever. Being able to focus, to keep away from you phone for chunks at a time, and to focus like a laser on a problem will separate you from the crowd and bring success.

“Focus can solve a lot of your problems. You can solve almost anything if you focus” - Tai Lopez

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Points to Keep In Mind

  • Most people know what they should do. The difficult thing is simply doing it
  • People struggle with procrastination because they do not have the force of will to do what they need to do
  • In the “soft” life we live in the modern age, most people don’t experience very many life/death moments. But each moment in your life is life/death, as you choose what kind of life you will have
  • Create micro-goals, that each get you slightly closer to your goal
  • Focus can solve a lot of your problems. You can solve almost anything if you focus
  • Consider the downside in every decision, and use that as a tool to make decisions easy
Direct download: tai_lopez_-_Ep_4-4-17_-_FINAL_MIX.mp3
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