Tai Lopez "Book Of The Day" Show

People ask me what the best advice I ever got was. This is my reply.

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Can you find answers inside of your self? Or do you have to search outwardly? See how Buddha, Gandhi, and Nikola Tesla found their revelations.

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What you really want to do is master your social life.

To me, over the years, life will come at you in three phases:

Phase 1. Achieving Physical

Health

The hardest part of life is being born. Its' when you are most susceptible to disease and the environment.

According to one study, "More than a third of babies die on their first day of life -- making the birth day the riskiest day for newborns and mothers almost everywhere."

If you are reading this as an adult you have already won the genetic lottery. 

Phase 2. Acquiring Resources

This is not just making money. But in the modern world you primarily will use some form of paper money to exchange resources with people.

You must be able to accumulate enough resources for yourself and your family or you are on a quick path to a short, unhappy life. 

You don't need billions, but you have to at least get to some level of financial independence.

As the Nobel prize winning author Daniel Kahneman says, you need to make at least $75,000 per year in order to achieve the happiness 'tipping point'.

I think that figure is just the starting point in moving from scarcity to independence. You should strive to go beyond that level into real prosperity and even beyond into global impact.

3. Mastering The Social Game

Social is the hardest. Today's book of the day is "Social" by the Harvard professor, Daniel Lieberman.

He says the default state of the human brain is social.

When we are not adding up our taxes or playing chess we revert to thoughts of our social standing:

Does he/she like us?

Who is gossiping about us at work?

Will they promote me?

Who can we trust?

This is why everyone in the modern world spends all day starting at their IPhone and their Facebook.`

Lieberman says that if Facebook was a religion it would be the third most active religion after Christianity and Islam.

Crazy...

Your social skills will be the ultimate determinant of your success at finding the good life.

Pretty much everything you need to know about the first 2 phases of life have already been figured out. It's not rocket science on how to be fit and healthy. And I can pretty much show anyone the 67 steps to becoming a millionaire.

But social - oh brother - social is hard. 

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Music makes people happy. But is everything that makes you happy good for you?

 

Music makes people happy. No one can argue that.
 
But is everything that makes you happy good for you?
 
Probably not.
 
Scott Weiland, the lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, was at my house not too long ago. 
 
He is famous for saying he LOVES heroin.

Scott explained, "(Heroin) took me to where I'd always dreamed of going. I can't name the place, but I can say that I was undisturbed and unafraid, a free-floating man in a space without demons and doubts."


The Grand Theory Of Everything says that the ultimate step in your life must be to achieve happiness.
 
 
Heroin Happiness...

But it can't be any old type of happiness. It can't be "Heroin Happiness" like Scott Weiland found. That type of happiness is one step forward, 10 steps back.
 

You want quality happiness.

In the modern world you can't go far without hearing music.
 
13 Years Of Music...
One study says that you will listen to about 13 years' worth of music before you die.

That's a hell of an investment of time and energy. 

Some scientists says music is a complete waste of time.

The Harvard Professor, Steven Pinker says in "The Language Instinct":

"As far as biological cause and effect are concerned, music is useless. Music appears to be... a cocktail of recreational drugs that we ingest through the ear to stimulate a mass of pleasure circuits at once... Music could vanish from our species and the rest of our lifestyle would be virtually unchanged."

Strong words.

I know many people who love music and would argue to the death that Pinker is wrong.

For today's book of the day I read the fascinating "This is Your Brain On Music" by Daniel Levitin.
 
Levitin says that the scientists like Pinker have it all wrong.
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You have to become prolific like Picasso. It's the key to happiness.

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How To Live Longer, Be Healthier, and Look Better.

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Today I was reading one of the great books of all time: The Analects by Confucius. One line in Book 15 stuck out, "I once did not eat all day and did not sleep all night in order to think, but there was no benefit. It would have been better to study." 

It reminded me of the lie so many of us have bought into - that all the answers are "inside of us."

Confucius says that's a bunch of BS. 

The answers are not within us. They are OUTSIDE of us - they are external.

You can't just close your eyes and meditate and somehow magically have the answers to life's hard problems pop into your head.

There are a whole bunch of dumb books and magazines telling you about 'the truth within.' It sounds great. Too bad it's simply not true. 

A few years ago, a friend of mine met a girl and married her in like a month. I asked him if he thought that was a wise idea. He told me that he had sat in silence and meditated and he received a clear answer from the Universe that this was the girl to marry.

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A few months later I was hanging out with him again and I

asked, "Hey where is your wife?" He told me that he was divorcing her because he had now gotten new 'clarity' from 'within' that she was no longer the right girl for him.

Kind of hilarious, I know. But I can't laugh. We have all made stupid mistakes when we thought we were following our gut.

Meditation might be good for lowering your blood pressure and relaxing, but for finding the answers to life it's a pretty poor way according to Confucius.

Look, I don't care how you measure success. If you are spiritual maybe you consider Martin Luther King, JR. or Gandhi successful. Or if you're an artist you consider Picasso or Mozart successful. Or if you like money you consider Sam Walton or Bill Gates successful. Or if you like sports you consider Tiger Woods or Michael Jordan successful...

Guess what? Everyone of those people got there BY STUDYING other people and external principles.

Picasso spent his whole life studying, so did Sam Walton, Gandhi, and Tiger Woods.

Michael Jordan had coaches. He didn't meditate to learn how to shoot a basketball.

As the proverb says, "Study to show thyself approved." 

How did you learn English? You didn't cross your legs as a baby, contemplate life, and somehow magically have the words form in your brain.

You listened to other people, you studied.

Sure we have some natural truth and instincts within us. The problem is most of our natural instincts do NOT work in the modern world. They are dead wrong.

There is an amazing book called Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by the Pulitzer prize winning Michael Moss. He shows how we naturally evolved to eat up salt, sugar, fat the second we find it. Now back when we lived in caves and in tribes that made sense. There wasn't much opportunity to get extra calories.

But that natural craving instinct is horrible now in a world full of Doritos and Big Macs. It makes us fat, ugly, and die of heart attacks.

This is the scientific principle called "Mismatch Theory" and is explained like this:"Traits that were at one time adaptive in a certain environment, are now 'mismatched' to the environment that the trait is currently present in. This can present a number of problems for the organism in question.

One example is the taste of foods high in fat and sugar to humans. In Pleistocene environments, sugars and fats were relatively uncommon in the human diet.

In the modern Western diet, however, foods with such properties are relatively easy to acquire. This can be problematic since an abundance of such foods combined with the human adaptation to prefer them can, and often does, contribute to obesity and chronic metabolic syndrome."

 

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Why do all the rich people in the world always tap dance to work?

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Break the chains of debt and become financially sophisticated. 

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Do not be too soon old and too late smart. You must learn to speed up your learning curve.