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“The President, in my opinion, is a reflection of what’s already there. They don’t cause anything.” - Tai Lopez

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Our President is everywhere.

No matter where you turn, his face and some news headline is screaming at you. The mass media makes it near impossible for us to focus on anything else. However, some of the blame must be put on ourselves for keeping those Twitter feeds open, leaving the TV on, and letting our Facebook friends dictate our thoughts.

On today’s episode of The Tai Lopez Show, we are discussing the importance of the President. By examining this, we can better understand what’s actually happening in our day-to-day when we become distracted by the mass hysteria. Inside this discussion, we unpack the other things that are important in life: diet, exercise, lifestyle, etc.

Tune in to this conversation to learn how to reframe your understanding of the President’s importance.

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“People who aspire to be leaders usually have mental problems.” - Tai Lopez

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Points to Keep In Mind

  • Distinguish between correlation and causation to find the truth
  • Read Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen Dubner
  • Be aware of how little mass media and news outlets are helping your life
  • To live the best life, be a contrarian by paying attention to what mass media doesn’t acknowledge
  • Washington D.C attracts narcissism, machiavellianism, and psychopathy
  • Ask the question if your politician changes views because of principle or politics
  • There are no more lifelong jobs inside today’s economy
  • Take note when politicians take credit versus blaming others
  • Studies show that people who focus on externalities don’t do as well in life
  • Your body is mostly a reflection of your diet, exercise, and lifestyle
  • Make sure the proportion of energy you spend on politics is aligned with other priorities

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“People think entrepreneurs are risk-takers, but they’re actually the exact opposite.” - Anik Singal

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There are the people who care about you and the people who don’t.

Deciphering who belongs in which camp can sometimes be challenging. As our stock grows, more and more people come into our lives, wanting to be a part of the rising tide. But are they there to contribute or just ride the waves?

On today’s episode of The Tai Lopez Show, we are joined by Anik Singal, founder of e-learning company Lurn. Anik’s insights spread across many different domains of business: from picking yourself up out of rock bottom to making deals in the boardroom, we can take our entrepreneur game to the next level from learning Anik’s story.

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“Most people think they need to be Batman in a sales situation. Instead, position yourself as Robin and make the thing you’re selling Batman.” - Anik Singal

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Points to Keep In Mind

  • You can tell who your real friends are in failure
  • Failure provokes introspection; take note of your answers to “Why?” during this time period
  • Don’t let ego get in the way of your methodology during times of success; do the risk analysis
  • Listen to your mentors
  • Study your past patterns/cycles to figure out what was behind times of success and failure
  • Implement and take action
  • Hire how many people can be supervised, not how many people you can hire
  • The introduction of an ad needs to grab attention by answering: what’s in it for you
  • Position yourself as Robin and make the thing you’re selling Batman
  • Integrate storytelling to create connection, not credibility
  • We live in the age of interactive marketing; the day of direct marketing is gone
  • Use content to deliver value and build credibility
    • Make your content linear: lists or diagrams
  • Aim for 3-5 ‘Aha moments’; any more will be exhausting for your audience, any less will be disengaging
  • Integrate reason-respecting bias to shed perspective on the price of your product
  • The purpose of the pitch is to ask for a sale, but it’s really to provide value
  • Copywriting is not about trigger-words; it’s a sequence of a specific words that create a story
  • The best e-commerce content is a demo of the product
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“We’ve grown up in under an antibiotic umbrella where we think antibiotics are going to cover and cure everything.” - Dr. Martin Blaser

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It’s a no-brainer.

When we’re feeling under the weather, we seek out the antibiotic prescription. For bacterial infections, this works incredibly well. Within days, the sickness has cleared out from our system, and we can return to our normal life. But what happens over the long-run from this quick-fix?

On today’s episode of The Tai Lopez Show, we are joined by Dr. Martin Blaser, the Director of The Human Microbiome Project at NYU’s School of Medicine, to discuss the dangers of antibiotic use. Dr. Blaser has 28 patents, and is the author of Missing Microbes, a book that examines how our species is devolving with the declining supply of microbes in our system.

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“Our system is completely backwards. It’s a false economy. People are making a lot of money out of germaphobia.” - Dr. Martin Blaser

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Points to Keep In Mind

  • Humans are actually a partnership between microbes and us (equal numbers of cells)
  • Without microbes we would not be alive
  • There is evidence that our supply of microbes is disappearing
    • Evidence that this is at the root of the rising rates of autism, celiac disease, Alzheimer’s, etc.
  • Most probiotics have not been tested in scientific studies over the long term
  • Kids who take on average more antibiotics than others turn out fatter
  • We only look at the benefits of antibiotics because doctors are too concerned about liability
  • Babies pick up their mother’s microbes in the birth canal
    • Rising rates of cesarean sections are preventing this from happening
  • 70 years ago, agriculture experts figured out that if you feed antibiotics to animals, they gain weight faster
  • Some cities have an antibiotics in their drinking water
  • Sweden uses 40% of the antibiotics we use
  • Epidemics come from the lack of diversity in our current living situations
  • Kids born by C-section are more prone to disease (celiac disease, juvenile diabetes, etc.)
  • The rate of juvenile diabetes is doubling every 25 years
  • A Denmark study showed that antibiotics increase risk of inflammatory bowel disease by 14% in kids
  • We’ve engineered a system where the doctor-patient relationship is sterile
  • Antibiotics change the metabolism in adults
  • We need better diagnostics to determine viral vs. bacterial infections
  • Food preservatives are antibacterials destroying our microbiome
  • Our good bacteria fights the bad bacteria; this is the problem with anti-bacterial products
  • Hospitals and doctors like C-sections because they’re scheduled
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“When I first started meditation, it didn’t make me feel good. It made me feel like a bad person.” - Jay Shetty

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Introspection is a luxury.

In our busy lives, we become so consumed by our day-to-day that we rarely take the time to think and breathe. The irony of this is that looking inward is required for personal and professional growth. So, while we might think that filling our calendars is taking us to the next level, we must simultaneously be taking time for ourselves to process and learn.  

And on today’s episode of The Tai Lopez Show, we are talking best meditation practices with Jay Shetty. Jay, who was once a practicing monk in India, is now an award-winning host & storyteller with the Huffington Post. He is part of the 2017 Class of Forbes 30 Under 30, and today we are fortunate to here his insights on meditation and mindfulness.

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“When I have an idea, I want to know as much what the Dalai Lama thinks as what the Mark Zuckerberg thinks.” - Jay Shetty

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Points to Keep In Mind

  • Detachment doesn’t mean “you own nothing,” rather, it means that “nothing owns you”
  • Don’t get trapped in the perception of yourself
    • Charles Cooley, “I am not what I think I am, and I am not what you think I am. I am what I think you think I am.”
  • Seeing others’ struggles exposes the illusion of your own suffering
  • Gandhi, “I was sad that I didn’t have any shoes, but then I saw a man with no feet.”
  • Let your consciousness evolve from survival to service for others
  • Remember that awareness doesn’t always feel good, but is the first step to self-improvement
  • The most successful people in the world choose education over entertainment
  • The more specific your gratitude is, the deeper it is
  • Read Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman to separate the voice of your mind from the voice of your intelligence
  • Use social media to start curating your feed with mindfulness/meditation sources

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“You don’t want to be surrounded by ‘yes-men.’ You want to be surrounded by people who are going to say, “Hey Boss, I have a better way.” - Jocko Willink

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Sleep is a requirement for success

But how much sleep is too much? And how many hours of sleep is too few? When we go to bed every night, we must calibrate the necessary amount of sleep to sustain an optimal day. This life hack, when executed, can take your daily hustle to the next level.

That’s why on today’s episode of The Tai Lopez Show, we are joined by Navy SEAL Jocko Willink to discuss his sleep patterns. Jocko is the author of 3 New York Times Bestsellers, most notably Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win. Willink’s insights spread across multiple domains: from discipline to foreign policy, all the way to how to run a business. Tune in to hear his insights, so you can optimize your sleep habits to perfection.

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“I wake up at 4:30. That’s a really good root of personal discipline. When you make the decision to not snuggle back with your pillow, you will feel better.” - Jocko Willink

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Points to Keep In Mind

  • It something doesn’t make sense, put a stop to it
  • If you struggle with discipline, seek out martial arts to train yourself
  • Under Saddam Hussein, Afghanistan civilians were being tortured
  • In the initial phases of the Iraq War, American troops fought alongside Iraqi soldiers
  • The problem on the battlefield is that there is not enough decentralized command
  • Most of the door-to-door fighting has been done by Iraqi soldiers
    • ISIS has gone from 70,000 to just over 1,000
  • Personal discipline will set you free by making you feel good in the long-run.
    • Thus, you won’t make choices that try to make you feel good in the short-term
  • Napoleon said if you execute a plan that you know is wrong, you’re culpable
  • Life is part art (the human gut instinct) and part science (the metrics)
  • Once you’re no longer afraid to die, then you will just care about the people around you
  • Contrary to popular belief, the military doesn’t stifle creativity
  • Subjects in school should be taught together, as the interwoven story they are
  • There’s people who aren’t more anti-war than those who serve
  • Quick wars are good wars and heavily influenced by level of preparation

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“The #1 reason small businesses fail is because of overfunding.” - Daymond John

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In a competitive marketplace, our customers demand a lot.

At any point in a sales journey, a potential customer can opt out and seek a competitor for a similar product or service. This challenge makes the marketing and advertising messaging of utmost importance. And it doesn’t stop there. Once a customer is acquired, the challenge to keep them a customer remains.

On today’s episode of The Tai Lopez Show, we are joined by Daymond John to discuss how to treat our customers. He is most well-known for his appearance on the hit show Shark Tank. As a teenager, he started the hip hop-inspired clothing line FUBU, while working his job at Red Lobster for $30,000/year. In this interview, we hear his insights on entrepreneurship, productivity, and what money actually means. He is the author of Rise and Grind. Tune in to hear his insights and take your daily hustle to the next level!

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“Obsession with your business is the same as obsession with your kid. You don’t look it as a daily job; you look at it as the process. You know you’re not going away, just like you know you aren’t giving your child up for adoption.” - Daymond John

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Points to Keep In Mind

  • 2 ways to operate business: either reduce costs and/or increase sales
  • 3 ways to deal with customers: buy new one, upsell current one, or make one buy more frequently
  • Read The Power of Broke to learn how money is a superficial high
  • Over 60% of Forbes 1000 are self-made men and women
  • The #1 reason small businesses fail is because of overfunding
  • The people who tell you to quit your day job are selling insecurity
  • Money is a great slave and horrible master
  • If you have to take a vacation from your job, you shouldn’t go back
  • Be careful of the email inbox trap where you are focusing on fixing other people’s problems and not your own
  • Read The Everything Store to learn the story behind Amazon
  • The top 10 richest men have more money than the bottom 3.5 billion combined
  • Productive people are selfish, give praise to themselves, and meditate on their goals
  • An entrepreneur questions the system and everything around them
  • Sometimes being born into wealth is a disadvantage

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“People love people that subconsciously remind them of themselves. Narcissists love narcissists.” - Tai Lopez

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Narcissists are everywhere.

Today, more than ever before, the ego is inflated. With the rise of social media, our smartphones have become devices that pump our self-esteem through Instagram likes. If we rely to heavily on this for our self-worth, we run the risk of falling into the trap of narcissism.

On today’s episode of The Tai Lopez Show, we are discussing narcissism and other personality traits. When we take personality tests, we can then decide where to push our efforts for self-improvement. Listen to this episode to learn how to detect the narcissists around you, and then best navigate their complex personality.

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“If you go to entrepreneur conferences and walk into a room with 500 entrepreneurs, you are now in a room of 500 insane people.” - Tai Lopez

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Points to Keep In Mind

  • The 6 attributes of narcissism: authority, self-sufficiency, superiority, exhibitionism, exploitativeness, vanity, entitlement
  • Read The H Factor of Personality to learn how to categorize people
  • Most narcissists don’t see themselves as narcissists
  • Extroverts like new things; introverts like routines
  • Machiavellianism is sneaky, two-faced, manipulative; linked to being bullied as a child
    • Characterized as people who pursue in an interpersonally exploitative strategy
  • Higher narcissism means higher extroversion and creativity
  • Childhood bullying is tied to higher levels of machiavellianism
  • Narcissism leads to higher levels of stress
  • Scientists say it takes the average person 67 days to break a habit
  • Conscientiousness is diligence, prudence, organization, and perfection
  • Scientists laugh at the Myers-Briggs test
  • We celebrate people with mental problems in the modern world
  • Men are more psychopathic than women

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“The greatest regret is growing older and realizing you got good at the wrong thing.” - Tai Lopez

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The problem isn’t the amount of time in a day.

It is how we use it. As our businesses and brands grow, managing our time becomes more and more difficult. With the mountain of to-do lists piling up, we are left with no choice but to focus in on what’s most important and execute from there.

On today’s episode of The Tai Lopez Show, we are joined by James Swanwick to discuss how to best focus our time as we find success. James is a former anchor on the Australia and New Zealand version of ESPN’s Sportscenter, and now the Founder of Swannies, a glasses company that helps prevent sore eyes, headaches, fatigue & blurred vision.

Tune in to this discussion to learn James’ tricks for building the business of your dreams.

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“What makes you happy doesn’t always make you rich. And what makes you rich doesn’t always make you happy.” - Tai Lopez

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Points to Keep In Mind

  • Read Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • What makes you happy doesn’t always make you rich. And what makes you rich doesn’t always make you happy
  • Spend more time thinking, and less time working
  • Reframe your thinking about age to consider time left more than time passed
  • Be patiently impatient, rather than the impatiently patient
  • You start to become rich when you do what you want to do on your own timeline
  • The 4 M’s of Motivation: Material, Mating, Mastery, Momentum
  • Anxiety is not functional because you are worrying about what’s obvious
  • Read The Folly of Fools: The Logic of Deceit and Self-Deception in Human Life by Robert Trivers
  • We self-deceive because it makes us more effectively read other people
  • Nothing will degrade your body faster than not sleeping

 

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“A high utilization rate hurts your credit score as much as missing a payment.” - Stephen Liao

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Banks are willing to lend us credit cards.

With these credit cards, our purchasing power increases. We are able to purchase the things we want, as long as we pay the bank back. But these credit card companies also incentivize us to purchase more with bonuses and gifts. So the question becomes: how can we use these free perks to pay off our credit cards?

On today’s episode of The Tai Lopez Show, Stephen Liao teaches us how to sift through the world of credit card perks to be able to do just this. Stephen dropped out of Stanford to figure out the credit card game just a year ago, and today he has a credit-limit that exceeds $3 million spread across 220 different credit cards. If he’s not flying first-class, he’s on a private jet. And if he’s not staying at the Waldorf Astoria, he’s at the Ritz-Carlton. Tune in today to learn his secrets on building a good credit score!

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“Essentially, it’s legal money laundering. You pay off your credit card with cash equivalence, get your sign up bonus, and then pocket the $150.” - Stephen Liao

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Points to Keep In Mind

  • Checking your credit for your own personal use does not hurt your credit
  • VantageScore is less accurate than FICO score
  • 850 is a perfect credit score
  • Try to keep your credit card utilization under 9%
  • Treat your credit limit as how much money you have
  • Utilization rate, payment history, and derogatory marks affect your credit score
  • Age of credit history factors in: oldest account and average age
    • You can’t help your age of credit history
    • Try to have an age of credit history over 9 years
  • Try to have at least 21 lines of credit being reported
  • Correlation does not imply causation when opening new credit cards
  • For those under 18, get authorized on your parents/relatives’ cards to build rapport with banks
  • Get Chase Freedom for first card
    • $150 cash back for $500 spent
    • 5% money back (MB) for an intermediate credit card
  • You need a credit score of at least 600 to receive credit card perks
  • Try to get status with each card (ex: Delta’s status for travel allows you to upgrade to first-class for free)
  • If you’re in debt, look into Citi Simplicity to balance-transfer your debt (also, Chase Slate and Bank Americard)

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