Few days ago, I was listened to one of Tai Lope’z podcasts called: “How To Take Control of Your Destiny: The Law of 33%” A part for the amazing Tai’s childhood story, he talks about a law that he calls the Law of 33% which he is being following religiously to this day.
You can watch a TED Talk about this and where he speaks as well about why he reads a book a day.
By following this rule, it is how you get the maximum amount of growth from your time. He explains how, by following this rule, he have been able to achieve growth both personally and financially year after year.
So what is The Law of 33% all about?
It’s called as well the Mentor Rules and consists in: “The law of 33%, spend 33% of your time with people lower than you, then 33% of your time with people on your level who become your friends and peers, the final 33% of your time should be spent with people who are 10x further ahead than you. Don’t be afraid to go to the top.”
There are 3 groups of people you should spend time with.
1. People at your level
2. People above your level
3. People below your level
We live in societies. We interact daily with different kind of people. We tend to compare ourself to others mostly all the time. When you spent too much time with people below your level, it can change your mindset negatively. In other to avoid that, you need to spend more time with people above you.
But, too much time spent with people above your level can be bad too. Because as you rise to the top, it gets lonely. Don’t alienate the people that have helped you along the way.
Make sure to give back to those who need it the most. The world will be a better place because of it.
But what happens if you can not be around people above your level?
For most people, they don’t have the opportunity to be around people that are above their level. Not many people know millionaires in their social circle. But, you can hold on to them. You can study them. You can read about them and they can be your mentors and guide you to success fasten than you could ever do it on your own.
Tai tells a lovely story how when he was young, he didn’t know anybody successful. He didn’t have any millionaire or successful people on his circle. So he asked his grandfather for guidance. He didn’t know the answers but what he did do, is he sent Tai a box of books. I am pretty sure that the obsession and passions for box started right at this moment for Tai. One of his multimillion dollar companies is in fact a book company called, MentorBox.
Then, if you can’t find a mentor around you, do the next best thing: PAY FOR IT.
As I mentioned before, you do not need to actually know that billionaire or successful people. Few of the greatest are not alive anymore but you can still study them though books. One of the autobiographies that Tai recommended the most is Sam Walton’s book, founder of Walmart. “There’s this $10 book written by Sam Walton, founder of Walmart, sitting in my library. Anybody can get access to this book and learn directly from Sam on how he built WalMart.” I have read this book twice and I am pretty sure I would reread in the future.
Look for something to read or listening on Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey. These kind of books documented how they did it. They already laid out a blueprint for you. You just have to go read about it.
Another great and more modern way to learn and get yourself surrounded by people above your level is by attending conferences and live events. Plus you will be able to extend your networking.