One of the key influences in our pursuits has been an entrepreneur and educator named Tai Lopez. Jake had been following him for months by the time I heard about him, and I was a little put off by his SoCal cool-confident air, but with a just a bit of attention I began to realize that his ultimate goal, teaching others how to achieve “the good life”, contained a lot of wisdom.
A major part of Tai’s philosophy is based on what he calls the four pillars: Health, Wealth, Love, and Happiness. In each area, he asserts that (if you’re like most people with dreams of being a whatever-it-is that haven’t come true yet) you’ve got to first challenge your paradigm, the lens through which you see life. This can best be accomplished by learning from the best, and if you can’t meet them in person then the best solution is to read books by or about them.
Today I use books as stepping stones to build up the pillars where I’m lacking or imbalanced (and it shifts everyday). I read about the achievements of others and the wisdom of leaders, and I explore my own habits and patterns of coping. It’s come to a point where I don’t feel fear or confusion about my future: success is no longer a question or hopeful yearning, and as I build knowledge and habits each day, I am confident that I will get myself to where I want to be!