part 2: 67 steps to getting anything you want out of life health, wealth, love, & happiness with tai...
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- 1. Podcast from: https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/podcast/lifestyle-podcasts/part-2-67- steps-getting-anything-want-life-health-wealth-love-happiness-tai-lopez/ [00:00] Introduction/Harrys [01:00] About Tai Lopez [06:27] On Money & Happiness [15:07] On the Amish [21:09] Famous Figures on the Four Pillars [33:47] Figuring Out Yourself [35:36] Harrys [37:35] On Testing [47:16] Ben's Book Challenge [51:34] End of the Podcast Ben: Today's show is brought to you by Harry's. Head over to harrys.com and use the promo code "Ben" to save five dollars off your first purchase of some pretty dang cool shaving equipment. Hey folks, its Ben Greenfield, and welcome to part two of our very special podcast series with my mentor, Tai Lopez. Now if you haven't yet discovered Tai, I'd recommend that you'd go back and listen to the first podcast episode that we did with Tai, and it's really not the first ever podcast episode that we did with him, but it's the first series that I'm doing with Tai where you get to sit back and hear as Tai mentors me in my business and my life, and you get to basically be the fly in the wall as that happens. So part one of this series, you can go listen to it at bengreenfieldfitness.com/tai1, and in that first podcast, Tai and I talked about things like how to stop multitasking, how to reprogram your genetics by doing things like reframing the way that you view the use of your phone by checking your e-mail less and by basically increasing productivity by embracing the chaos of getting less involved with things like e-mails and your phone. We talked about a lot of different books as well that I also had in the show notes of that episode. So again all of that is at bengreenfieldfitness.com/tai1 along with the link to Tai's online video series called "67 Steps to Getting Anything You Want Out of Life Health, Wealth, Love, & Happiness". Today if you want resources for anything that Tai and I talk about, you can go to bengreenfieldfitness.com/tai2. That's T-A-I, Tai2, and you can get resources for what we talk about today, and you're about to hear it. We're going to talk about it today, so Tai, thanks for coming on once again.
- 2. Tai: Thanks for having me, I always like talking to you, Ben. Ben: Yeah, and it was kind of funny 'cause last time, it was about a month ago or so when we did our first mentorship podcast, and you told me that I just needed to ditch my phone and get rid of it for a while and do what you called "embracing the chaos". Get used to just not being connected, get used to not checking your e-mail frequently, and that night actually, I lost my phone. Just completely lost it. Totally serendipitous, but yeah. So I got forced from the frying pan right into the fire but ended up being really weird 'cause when I actually got my phone, it took about two days or so to get my phone back. It's like the world hadn't ended. There really wasn't that much that I had to do aside from be able to use all the free time I got by not having my phone around for a while, so it actually turned out to be a good thing, and the other thing that I've been doing quite a bit more of since we last talked is really getting into this concept of not feeling bad about just ignoring e-mails for long periods of time. With the caveat to that, that I have one folder that all of my important VIP client's e-mails get poured into, and I check that one folder but other than that, I can ignore everything else, and sometimes I'll do so for one to two days. And again, it turns out to be just fine, and nothing blows up. Tai: Yeah, I wanted to ask you. How's it going since the last one? So you answered that, so feeling good about it, and life's all about experimentation, so every person ends up tweaking. Like Freud says in civilization, and it's this content when he talks about happiness. He gives nine factors that people use to try to find happiness, and he says at the end. It's an essay, he says, Each of us has a different constitution, so you have to find your mix. As you experiment, which sounds like youre doing well, you end up going to equilibrium and at some point going okay, he's the happy medium that seems to work for the environment that I'm in now. So you feel like you're getting closer to that? Ben: Yeah, I do, and it's nice 'cause it's just that much more time that I have to chill. My kids now are going to school. I home-schooled them up until this year, and now they're going to this little private school, and they get home from school now at three-fifty in the afternoon now, so it's just my goal now to just have nothing to do at three-fifty in the afternoon aside from just opening the door to my kids, and yesterday it was kind of fun. We went hunting for a couple of hours in the backyard, and we didn't actually find anything or shoot anything, but it was fun to just have that time to just walk around in the forest for two hours and be thinking about nothing but showing my kids how to explore and how to track game and just be in nature. Tai: Awesome. Well that's awesome, man. So what else? What new things have popped in your head over the last thirty days? Ben: Well I got one thing that I want to talk to you about, and it might almost be more of a philosophical question, but one of the few TV shows that I watch is Shark Tank on Hulu. Actually I have this giant TV in my house. It's like this super fancy, 3-D TV. I've never actually used it. I don't know how to use it. It's not hooked up, I don't have TV reception. Anyways though, I do watch Hulu sometimes on my little thirteen-inch
- 3. laptop screen, and I like to watch Shark Tank where these people come in and they pitch their business ideas and ask for venture capital, from a bunch of different sharks like Mark Cuban and some of these other folks, and one thing that I've been thinking about as I've watched that show a lot of these folks are coming in, and many of them are very successful, right? They're pulling in up to several million dollars each month. They seem happy, fulfilled, but they want to go from seven figures to eight figures or eight figures to nine figures, and what I've been thinking about when I watched that and also when I take part in some discussions and some of the entrepreneurial circles that I'm a member of is when do you say I'm good? When do you say I'm as big as I want to be, and maybe money and growth and going public and going from making the amount of money that allows you to have what you want in life versus the amount of money that is some big figure on paper. When do you say that you found that ideal balance, or when do you strike the ideal balance between making money and then just saying okay, I'm good, and sitting back and living life? One of the main things I've struggled with is one of the main reasons for making more money so that you can make a bigger difference in the world and where do you stop between making a bigger difference in the world and just being happy and living life and relaxing and walking around through kids in the forest? So that's a big philosophical question that I've been dealing with lately. Tai: Well, whenever I bump into questions like that in my own brain, the way I start with it that frees me up, I think to find the answer for myself is knowing that there's no black and white. In 67 Steps, I call that the Medieval Mind that most of us have, unknowingly growing up around, and it's basically 1500s. If you said that the world was round, not flat or that the earth was not the center of the universe, you might be burned at the stake. Back then it was very black and white. It was like no, the Earth is the center of the universe is what we believe, and any contrary advice gets you burned as a heretic, and although that doesn't happen anymore per se, that methodology of thinking has still lingered into our brains even now in the twenty-first century. So the first step that frees you up in giving you an answer is you go there and really isn't an answer. If you sit down on a dinner table and ask this, you're going to get people on both sides very adamant, like oh yay! And they're both going to be able to make compelling cases and the answer, I think, is Will Durant, the Pulitzer Prize winning historian when he takes about the great philosophers. He says everything is thesis on the left side. If you put it up to your left hand, it's like thesis. On the right side is antithesis. The anti-thesis, and you got to find the synthesis. That's in the middle, and it doesn't necessarily always mean literally in the middle. It's just saying the blimp. So I was reading Bob Marley, a book on him. When he did, he died of cancer in his toe when it spread. He was a great musician, the reggae artist, and he was with his son, was holding his hand in the hospital room, and his last words to his son was money can't buy you life, and so at one level you have that way of seeing life. At the end of the day, money can't buy you life, so that's the thesis. That's the one side. The people that will argue that you must go beyond money, and you just have to live and enough is enough, but there's also the other side which is like Jeff Bezos says. We are here to get things done. One of the most innate human attributes that you'll see in even the smallest
- 4. child. If you give him blocks, legos, if you lay legos on the ground to a very young child, two years old, they'll start to pull them together and build because that is your humanness. So on the other side, kind of like the Bible says if you're Christian or religious or Jewish, by the sweat of your brow, you will get things done. Your purpose is to get things done, and even if you're an Atheist, it's the same evolution. You see that drive in humans. So I think at some place, whether someone's listening to this, and they're making a thousand dollars a month or a million dollars a month. The better way that I like to look at it is John Woode
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