So far I’m into the Step 10?
Some people think that Tai’s products are scam, that he’s a con artist or some sort.
The 67 Steps is… in some way going to help you, in some way not.
So let’s talk about the steps I’ve already listened to. Basically, even in Step 10, he’s still talking about the “millionaire mentality”–the mindset, how billionaires, millionaires think.
And even to the Step 10, at least this is for my personal experience, I’ve already known lots of the theories and ideas he introduced.
So, I can virtually simplify the long talk of his steps into few words and that’s basically how he tries to instill some ideas into your brain.
1st Step: Worth a damn. This is something that I already know even before he told me this. Basically, it’s how you value yourself. Some people look very capable, but the intrinsic value of them is low. Don’t judge people simply from the outlook and be valuable yourself. Before you succeed, you don’t worth anything, people succeeded because they worth something, they are valuable to other people. He even titled this as “worth a damn factor”.
Basically, be worthy.
2nd Step: World is not black and white that simple. This is something that I learned in my… probably 15 or 14. Don’t judge things simply because of good and evil. There are no such things as this simple in this world. The world doesn’t work this way. I’m telling this in my own words now, these are not Tai’s words. First, don’t think too quick. Second, don’t think of it as only right or wrong.
3rd Step: Practice and humbleness. Again, I’m telling you this in my own words, from my personal experience that I concluded some ideas on this one. Basically, practice as hard and much as you can, because you don’t know if there’s somebody elsewhere that is practicing the same thing and he’s harder than you and he wants the same thing as you do. Second, be humble. This is something that, many people neglect? And not many people care? Because the world is so consumed by materialism? If you hold a bible or some preaching book and tell other people to be humble, few of them would respond. Because naturally, people don’t care. But it’s a good thing to be humble, because the more humble you are, the more you learn in the way.
4th Step: Mentor. “Good artists copy, great artists steal.” This is from Tai, or not Tai, from Picasso. Basically, you need a good teacher, in other terms, a mentor. Someone who can guide you through many obstacles that he’s/she’s already met. Stealing here basically means to install a model, exactly from the mentor, and utilizing the model to either profit, or achieve other goals. So you need to copy the same time, and steal. Find a good mentor and simply use his methods. At least that’s what I think he’s trying to convey.
5th Step: Make friends with rich people and study from them. So Tai’s been talking about the pattern difference between rich friends and poor friends. He said he noticed a pattern between the two types of friends of his. It’s true, and the idea should be pretty prevalent? Many people know this that make friends with rich people because they know how to make money. And somewhat the patterns between them are what make them rich and poor. Poor people follow a specific pattern, rich people also.
6th Step: Don’t listen to what media say, because media are always manipulative. Well, this one. I already knew in probably 3 or 4 years ago. I’m 20. Media are always manipulative, in a post I wrote in this blog very earlier, I talked about the control government imposes on the public media. They always tell the things that government wants you to hear. And Tai talked about don’t have a lottery mentality, which you will get overly excited for “lucky things” happened to you. And you lose your directions, you get too excited, too overreacted, and get screwed by yourself. And he said, you need these predicaments to chip off the sculpture of yourself.
8th Step: Don’t compartmentalize yourself and integrate life. Basically, be natural. Tai talked a lot from his experience in the farm of Amish, which is explicitly stated as his biography, working as a farm boy. What he found in the farm was this natural happiness these Amish people hold. So, the farm career made him inclined to nature. Well, I’m naturally inclined to nature as well. What he’s been saying about “integrate life” is just “be as natural as possible”. He thinks that modern technologies more or less degrade people’s functionality of life, which is pretty true as I have studied this before.
But the examples he’s given are not quite what exactly he tried to convey. He said integrate gym into your workplace, so that you can work meantime workout? Like walking on a treadmill and calling phone calls. And don’t compartmentalize, which is the same. Be more inclined to the nature? Don’t use that much of apps, or some other technologies that separate you from the dirt plain life. Examples like Tinder, Instagram etc., people try to build some online profiles, try to impress other people with their “fake” life. Something like this.
9th Step: Read a book a day. He talked about how the genius minds in this world often do, is to read a book a day. In my own opinion, it’s definitely useful if you can read a book a day. That’s some incredible feat that a human can do, a book, a day. And he stressed that you shouldn’t speed read and you still need to finish a book a day. So he’s been talking about Warren Buffet’s habit of reading books with 8 hours in a day. I’m not quite sure about the veracity, but well…
To me, reading books is not something you should hurry about. Because there are just too much information out there. Even if you read a book a day, can you guarantee you can digest all of them? Dale Carnegie said once before: “You need to apply all the knowledge so that you will truly understand them.” I’m quite skeptical on this “read a book a day”, so it’s up to you.
10th Step: Be a stoic and toughen up. Essentially he’s talking about be hard on yourself, and again, the examples he’s given are not very representative. He says: take cold showers every day; stop using smartphone for some time, let it be a month or few weeks; give yourself some hard problems to solve, like taking a hard math lesson or doing some hard project.
So basically, challenge yourself. It’s reasonable. If you don’t challenge yourself you won’t know the limits, and you won’t exceed beyond them. He even recommends to go to farms, yet again, like the time he was in the Amish. He loves being natural, and true to life. So, toughen up, don’t stay in your comfort zone and try something different and hard for yourself occasionally.
11th Step: Sometimes think about your ancestors thousands years ago. A rather, ambiguous idea from Tai. So this whole concept, again, comes from his experience in the Amish farms. What is it? It’s a comparison with the modern day life and primal human life probably 10000 years ago. The title of this step is “Whisper of 10,000 Generations”, however it has nothing to do with generations, but something about the inception of human life, and to the point of our modern life.
So, think of it as another example Tai has brought up from “converting to nature”, Amish farms, farm life etc. He talked about for example, sleep at dusk? Something really primal, that people pre-time didn’t have night life, so they went to bed really early. Think of it as living right now outside of modern society, completely natural life. Talking about everything you need to do it from scratch. Like start a fire, boil water and pick up firewood.
There was this game I recently played, Long Dark, it’s a game that focuses heavily on survival against mother nature. I think that life style in the game best exemplifies Tai’s idea. How one man should separate himself sometimes from the modern world.
To me, there’s no point into pondering how humans pre-time lived, because we live in the contemporary. A very material-rich society and technology-advanced. Techs have changed our lives tremendously, something so huge that almost feels counter-intuitive. My idea is that grasp what we can hold today, and don’t give up on it. It’s not easy to enjoy such a convenient life, even though Tai has a point on sometimes you may need a day or a week to push yourself outside of this modern life and go primal. But I think just have fun when you can, primal life was too far away that we couldn’t possibly grasp, and there’s no point into looking back on how humans pre-time work, because nowadays we are more efficient and powerful than ever.
12th Step: Don’t be good at everything, be good at something(s). So basically, Tai talks about you should be good at a few things, or just one thing. And he thinks that no one can be good at everything, unless you’re Leonardo da Vinci, one out of 500 years genius personality.
Realistically yes, nobody can be exceptional at everything he lays his eyes on. For me, a company or a corporation needs to focus. A company shouldn’t spread too thin on its services and products, it needs to focus on only one or a few things in a genre. Personally, I think you can have fun with multiple things, is it necessary to excel them all? Maybe not, maybe yes. Depends on you.
Tai thinks that the modern world is too competitive, you can’t outrun everyone in terms of a certain thing. True, statistically and realistically. If you try to compete something with someone, you better bring out the best of it. If said thing is just a hobby or something you’re just “good at”, you will lose 6 out of 10 times.
OK, so so far I’ve been listening to his steps. There’s one problem about Tai personally.
He’s too fractured. His knowledge is too fractured. So he has his own temple of knowledge, when he tries to convey these messages to people who have no previous understanding, the words from him are too fractured to understand.
He’s not a very orderly guy, he won’t make points through a very arranged and logical manner. He talks about things spontaneously, whatever idea comes first he would pick that one up and carry on that one. Somehow in the middle of the lecture, or conversation, he would drop the previous points he’s been talking about.
Too fractured. He doesn’t seem to have a systematic understanding of things he understand. Let’s say subjects, if you talk about social science, philosophy, sociology. These are the topics he covered in his steps, but what he’s trying to tell you are all bit by bit, piece by piece, from his reading from the books he read. So I imagine, when he reads a book, he definitely takes notes, so he subtracts those notes outside and makes them ideas, points he tries to convey. But none of these knowledge form systematically.
What he’s trying to tell you are useful, in some level, they are useful, not saying it’s completely garbage. If that’s case, that’s basically contradicting my own beliefs, my own valuation. So his ideas are definitely useful in some level.
Do you know what the problem is?
The problem is that the mentality he tries to instill on, let’s say, common people, doesn’t worth much. In a common sense.
Why 67 Steps with all these knowledge, big intrinsic value, is just $67? Aside from his own “giving back to community” intent, the truth is, they don’t value as much as we assume.
Let me explain this in a simpler way. So there is this “common folks”, who Tai tries so hard to turn them into people like himself. Me, as the smart people, who are already at the mental level as Tai’s, when we read these materials, that doesn’t spark too much of a change. So let’s exclude myself for now, and focus on the common folks and Tai’s mindset.
He tries hard to teach these people not to be mundane, not to be dumb. But due to the intrinsic stupidity of these people, they don’t value the lessons that much.
That’s why at the start of the article, I said it can help you in some way, and it can not in some way. So when you’re these common folks, you don’t really benefit from these ideas. Even he’s trying so hard to let you understand, like presenting an hour long video to just want to slip through one single idea.
Some people would understand, like me, some people don’t. And I think Tai knows this.
The true problem lies behind all these fuss is that, normally, people prefer food than thoughts. You call it food for thoughts, but they still want to eat the food first. They don’t want to understand, or try at all.
These are valuable ideas, many of them are actually my ideas also. That’s why I found so much similarity between me and Tai when I first saw his videos.
There are some new ideas that I didn’t know before, because definitely Tai read much more than I did.
So I don’t really want to share these ideas with others, because they are what make me, and make us special, and different from others.
But here’s the thing, nonetheless, Tai still shared these ideas openly. This is “giving back to community”, something I plan to do in the future if I were to become somebody like Tai Lopez.