Want so I want to talk a little bit about that today because life is short I think we all realize the sands of time quickly can slip by in your.
Life and you don’t want to be old when you finally get the good life are too old right it’s like the Dutch saying we’re too soon old too late smart Steve Jobs said I didn’t want to be the richest man in the graveyard and I realized this I remember back I was.
A younger and and Alan nation one of my mentors he had told me he said ty’ he said what did you want to be when you were 16 that’s the truest version of yourself what do you want to be when you were 16 and I remember at 16.
I wanted to find the good life Aristotle talks about you’d anomia his definition of the good.
Life health well happiness love all those things and I remember going it’s too hard how am I ever gonna figure this out there’s so many hard questions I’m sixteen I gotta figure.
Out what college I’m gonna go to what religion I’m gonna follow who I’m gonna marry what politics where to live what career and path to pursue and I had this idea I was like I know the perfect idea what I’ll do is I’ll find one person.
I thought this was so genius turned out to not be so smart.
But I’d find one person who had all the answers so I wrote a letter the smartest person I could think of was my grandfather so I wrote this letter and I was like well you tell me how.
To design my life Ted is about te D the D is about.
Design the designed life so I said will you help me design my life and I’m so excited three days later four days that I got this letter back from my grandpa read it and it said sorry ty I can’t help you the modern world is too complicated you will never find all the answers from just one person if you’re.
Lucky a handful of people along the way will point the way and I was like ah right well so much for my shortcut but seven days later a package came it was books my grandfather had a 20,000 book library and he had sent.
Me some old dusty ones its thousand-page vol 11 books the story of civilization by will and Ariel Durant and I was like a thousand pages this is too much right but I see now he was giving me a hint I didn’t understand it that there’s.
This myth that you have to go inward to find truth but the.
Truth he was saying is you have to go outward if you can download the consciousness the mindset of people who have gone before you the smartest the wisest the most intelligent the most experienced people then you will get.
What you want and so I went on and I started writing down note cards and I call mental shortcuts.
And I was reading these books and then I started traveling I.
Went to 51 countries I would read a book and I’d say let me go visit this person in person so I went to New Zealand Australia South America Argentina iron that.
Was focused on those four things health wealth love and happiness I decided to focus on health and happiness I lived on for two years with Joel Salatin.
On his famous sustainable agriculture or his organic farm and then I’ve spent two and a half years at the Amish no electricity trying to see what was life when we lived in community and made one mistake I forgot about money that’s one of the things and so eventually I ran out of money and so.
I had to do the thing nobody wants to do I had to call my mom and be like mom I know I’m an adult but I don’t have any.
Money do you mind if I come stay at home till I get back on my feet she said sure she had a mobile home in North Canton North Carolina I went and I she said sorry I don’t have a room for you but.
You can sleep on this couch and so I I remember laying there at night I like did I mess up did I miss out on the good life Here I am I have no college degree my skills I could milk.
A cow I thought my cell wasn’t very marketable skill I had 40 I remember I like 47 dollars.
In my bank account and I didn’t have a car actually had a car but it had holes in the floor somehow it rusted through and if you drive if you accidentally would put your foot down I it would like chop your foot.
Off so I didn’t want to drive it anywhere I didn’t want to picking it up in that car so I remembered back to what my grandpa said though he said look outward so I started asking around will somebody help me and my uncle.
Said you know what ty you need somebody who’s gonna show you how to make money so I was like great idea I’m gonna go find somebody but I didn’t have any gas money so I was stuck there at.
My mom’s how that $40 so so I walked to the kitchen that’s what I could afford to do and I found a yellow pages and I opened up this yellow pages and I looked in the finance section and.
I found this guy and I said I’m gonna go visit that guy so I found a suit I got a suit out of closet it wasn’t mine it was too big it looked weird on me god help me I don’t know what I look like when I showed up at that guy’s.
House but got somebody to drive me in and I showed up and Kathy a secretary.
Opened the door and I walked back and this guy Mike stain back from the phone book I walked up to when I said Mike you don’t know me if you show me what you know cuz I figure you must know a lot about money if you can afford a full-page ad in the Yellow Pages if you show me what you know I’ll work for you for free and I’ll never forget he was sitting in this.
Chair he had a big mustache he looked kind of like Tom Selleck he was sitting there and he just rolled his chair towards me and he said you know what ty I’ve been looking for someone like you for 20 years show up in the morning I’m gonna show you what I know and sure enough he did show me and he began to mentor me on business and now.
I’m an entrepreneur I’m an investor but I’ve continued on that path traveling finding mentors reading because I read a book a day I have a little book club I write and what I found in my research is that I wasn’t the abnormal path mentors your ability to copy.
Is the biggest predictor of the success that you will have in life as Picasso said good artists copy but great artists steal right and I looked around in and it’s interesting did you know.
Albert Einstein had a mentor every Thursday he would have lunch with the mentor growing up jay-z the rapper he had a mentor Oprah Winfrey said.