Surpass 99% of People in Under 12 MonthsMay 27, 2023
It took me 7 months after quitting my full-time job to beat 99% of income earners.
What I find intriguing is that what I did is not any different than what anyone might do to beat 99% of people. In fact, since you’re reading this - you’re already well past the majority anyway.
Now let’s get you to the top 1%.
Again, this works for beating most people in most things.
Fitness, finance, sports, wealth, business, marriage, relationships, etc.
So let’s dive in ⤵️
The first step is to:
Find people that are in the direction you want to move in in some aspect.
Odds are - you already follow a few people who you admire and want to be more like. Maybe they are fit, have a successful business, or have a happy marriage.
Great - make a short list of those people. Now we must:
Eliminate everything else that is distracting you.
Want to run a 7 figure eCom store? Follow people like Biaheza
Want to get absolutely shredded? Follow people like Greg from Kinobody
If not - unsubscribe and stop consuming content from him. Go down your list of content consumption and remove everyone & everything that is not in some way in the same direction you want to move in.
You should only have like 5-10 people on this list. What I did is just mute every account on my social feed that was not in line with my direction. Now I only see the accounts I want.
The purpose here is to determine whatever YOU want to do with your life, find someone who has already done it, and consume their content.
Watch their videos, subscribe to their newsletters 😉, read their blogs, and buy their products.
Understand how their life or business operates.
They have what you want - you just have to figure out how to replicate it.
Now that you have a basis for guidance, follow what they do not necessarily what they say. Many people do not practice what they preach. You might have to dig a little deeper.
You must completely deconstruct their existence. This is time-consuming which is why you should only do it on a handful of people and only after you’re sure they have something you want.
Maximize consumption to only 10-20% of your total ‘working’ time. Overconsumption is how people stay ‘wantrepreneurs’.
The other 80-90% of the time that you’re not consuming content, you should be face-down working.
On what, exactly? Simple - what do these people you’re following do? Better yet, what did they do previously that led them to where you want to go? Look at their trajectory and see if you can ‘hitch a ride’ on that same pathway.
You’ll always have to slightly modify the path as no two people walk exactly the same path in life. This is a good thing - this makes us unique.
Build out a systematic approach to follow the path.
Don’t simply meander. Find a healthy and sustainable pace at which you can progress toward the outcomes you desire.
If you are used to coming home from your day job and just playing video games or watching TV for 4 hours, that is what your body & mind are accustomed to.
Objects in rest stay at rest unless acted on by another force. Inertia is a powerful force not just in the physical world, but epistemologically as well.
You can turn this on its head and use it in your favor because objects in motion also stay in motion.
Where most people flop on their face is when they try to turn their entire life around in an instant. This is why new’s resolutions are garbage.
Why did you wait for the new year to change your life and
Why are you committing to going to the gym 5 days a week when you haven’t been once in the last 3 months?
Your body isn’t used to this behavior and within a few weeks you will be absolutely exhausted, burnt out, and give up on your resolution just to ‘try it again next year.’
It’s not just physical activity either, working creatively on a business or any other endeavor is also taxing on the body.
It is nearly impossible to switch immediately to a systematic routine that involves exercise or advanced mental work every day when you’re not used to it.
And that’s ok! Most of life is just fighting with ourselves to do the stuff we know we should.
So here’s how you win that fight:
Start small and work your way up.
You must build a path TOWARDS the path you want to be on. Don’t try to make that jump if it’s too big.
If your life is on a pathway that’s far from where you want to be, you have to slowly correct course over time to the direction you want. It can’t be instantaneous. You are subject to the rules of the physical universe.
Although you’re subject to the limitation of your body and mind, you can strengthen and expand those with consistent exercise.
So if you - like many people in the world - find yourself vegging out in front of the TV at the end of a hard day of work, know you want more from your life, but you’re just ‘too tired’ and ‘too busy’ to do anything about it - try this:
Commit to a small weekly task for 1 month.
If you want to get in shape - do some kind of physical exercise once a week consistently for a month.
If you can do it 4 weeks in a row - congrats! Now add in another task for the next few weeks. Can you handle it? Cool - keep going until you are able to accomplish everything you want in life.
If you miss a week, don’t beat yourself up about it, just take a step back and make sure you can handle the smaller steps.
One foot in front of the other. Build up slowly until you become an absolutely unstoppable force of inertia.
Then any goal, milestone, or achievement will become child’s play.
So to summarize:
- Find a few people that are ahead of you on a similar path you want to be on.
- Deep dive into how they got to where they are at.
- Build a systematic, nonlinear approach to get to that same outcome.
- Start small and ramp up once your body and mind become conditioned to the extra workload.
I hope you found today’s letter insightful. If you did, shoot me an email and let me know. I love to read emails from my readers 😊
Have a great week,