People ask me all the time, “Dan, how could I learn to become more successful? “Where could I learn? “What is the best way to learn?” Now, if you’ve been watching my videos for sometime now, make sure you click on the subscribe button below and turn on the notification. It’s the least that you can do. If you want me to keep making videos like this for you and keep delivering value, it’s the least that you could do.
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There are three ways that you could learn. Number one is learning from yourself. What I call, the school of hard knocks. You’re learning from your mistakes, right.
You’re figuring things out. Now, it is good, and a lot of us do that, I make a lot of mistakes. I have paid a price through the school of hard knocks.
The problem with learning from yourself is it costs a lot of time and it costs a lot of money. There’s a great saying, “if you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” And its very, very true, learning from yourself. Because most people, their awareness level is very, very low.
Have you ever had this experience? You try something new, you make a mistake, and you say to yourself, “I’ll never make that mistake again.” And next time, you make the same fucking mistake again and you say to yourself, “No, I’ll never, ever make that mistake again.” and you make that mistake yet again.
So, even though you’re learning from the school of hard knocks you’re learning from yourself, but really you have not learned your lesson. But given enough time if you are persistent enough, if you’re determined enough, yes, that’s one way to go. The problem is that’s a long journey. That is hard. That’s a difficult, difficult path.
To some degree, we all have to go through that but you have to ask yourself, “Is that the best way to learn?” So, that’s first way, learning from yourself. The second way to learn is learning from your peers.
Learning from people around you. Your family, your friends, your colleagues. Now, which is fine, the problem with that is chances are sometimes you don’t learn or you learn the wrong thing.
So, let me give an example. Imagine, two people who both don’t know how to dance. I lock them in a room and I say, “Hey, you know what? “You guys teach each other how to dance. “I’m gonna come back in 30 days.”
Now, after 30 days, I unlock the door, open the door, my question to you is, would they magically know how to dance? The answer is, no. ‘Cause they both don’t know how to fucking dance. So, how could they teach each other?
That makes no sense. And if you look at the people around you, show me your friends, I’ll show your future. Look at the people around you. Chances are they probably have similar lifestyle as you.
They probably make the same amount of money as you. So, how the fuck could you learn from each other? How the fuck do you learn from each other? You guys are at the same level. Or maybe they’re a little bit lower, maybe they’re a tiny little bit higher.
Lets say you’re making $50,000 a year, chances are your friend is roughly making about the same amount of money. Maybe a little bit more. Maybe 55, 60,000. You cannot learn from each other. What possibly could he or she teach you that would help you to get to the hundred k, 200k, half a million?
They have not fucking done it. They have not done it. Or you learn the wrong thing. So, think about your belief. Let’s say when it comes to success, when it comes to money, when it comes to business, the people around you.
What’s their belief system? What do they know about it? What even your parents?
What do they know when it comes to becoming more successful and creating wealth? Chances are very, very, very little. So if you pick up behaviors and habits and beliefs from them, chances are you will learn the wrong thing. And they will teach you what they know as the truth. “Son, this is how you do it.
“This is the way to go.” When it may or may not be the case. So, learning from the peers. So that doesn’t work either.
The third way to learn is what I believe, the most powerful way to learn is to learn it from a mentor. Learn from someone who’s been there and done that and continues to do it. Someone who is not just who are at the same level. Who is not even literally more successful than you.
I’m talking about someone who is infinitely, infinitely more successful than you, infinitely wiser than you, infinitely more experienced than you. So, let’s say you’re making $50,000 a year. You don’t wanna learn from someone who’s making $60,000 a year. You don’t even wanna learn from someone who’s making $100,000 a year. You don’t even wanna learn from someone who’s making a million dollars a year. You wanna learn from someone who’s making 10 million a year, 20 million a year, 50 million a year, 100 million dollars a year.
Why? Because their level of thinking is so much higher. When you are learning from someone like that, easily they can pull you, they can uplift you to a whole new level. I remember when I was in my early 20s, at the time, when I first found my mentor, his level of thinking at the time, was so much higher. I was making a few thousand dollars a month, a couple grand and he said to me, he said, “Dan, I’m not gonna write a sales letter unless I believe “it’s gonna do at least a million dollars a year.” I said, “What the fuck?”
Yeah, he said, I’m not gonna write a letter, a piece, a direct mail piece unless I believe it’s gonna generate a minimum of a million dollars a year. It expand my horizon. Now, the possibility of wow. I’m still trying to make a few hundred dollars with my marketing pieces.
He’s thinking he’s not gonna even waste his ink if its not gonna make him at least a million dollars a year. That’s what I’m talking about. So, learning from a mentor. So the three ways to learn. You have to ask yourself, learning from yourself which is perfectly fine. Just costs a lot of fucking money and time.
Second, learning from your peers. Chances are they are as broke as you are. They’re at the same level. Or third, learning from a mentor and I cannot be your mentor by the way. I cannot be everyone’s mentor. I’m spending a lot of my time just mentoring people who I work with, people who are my students.
That’s already taking up a lot of my time. You gotta find that someone. You gotta find the mentor who you respect. Someone who’s where you wanna be in your dreams and then learn from that person. I believe that is the best way to learn.