Love Him or Hate Him: 2 Things I Learned from Tai Lopez (for Free!)

“Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.” — Albert Einstein

I”ll admit it. My first impressions of Tai Lopez were from ads on Youtube annoyingly taking away from my video viewing pleasure as I waited to hit the ‘skip ad’ button. The ads usually feature him in a mansion or in a garage with a Lamborghini Gallardo (allegedly both rented). I was left with a feeling somewhere between envy (love the car) and “What a douche.” If you do a quick search of the web on Tai, you’ll find there’s a massive love/hate relationship with the guy.

One day I saw his content displayed in a Youtube promotion on the right side of my screen. To my surprise, this time it was a TedTalk. Now I love me some TedTalks, so with ever so slight apprehension, I clicked the video.

I’m glad I did. Tai came across as genuine, though his shtick might be a bit much for some. He tells the story of asking his grandfather for some advice on designing his life. His grandfathers responded, “Sorry, can’t help you. You’ll never find all the answers from just one person.” Tai’s grandfather followed up by sending him the 11 volume set of Will and Ariel Durant’s The Story of Civilization. Nearly 10,000 pages! I quickly located and ordered a used set on Amazon. They’re wonderful. They’ll take some time to get through, but I highly recommend a set for your own library.

The two things I learned:

  • Find mentors. Living or Dead
  • Read. A lot.

Thank you, Tai Lopez.