Wasted Time is Worse Than Wasted Money – The Law of 33%

Tai Lopez , who is surrounded by conspiracy theories and controversy right now has brought the 33% rule to the forefront of success stories.  But this isn’t a “new theory”, the law of 33% comes almost naturally to most success stories. Whether they support or believe it, they most likely are living it.

What is the law of 33%? It’s quite simple.

Spend 33% of your time with people who are at about the same success level as you are.
Spend 33% of your time with people who are further along than you in terms of what you think success is (essentially, these should be your mentors)
Spend 33% of your time with people who need mentoring themselves and who have not committed to achieving their goals like you have, or worked as hard yet. (essentially these are people who you can mentor).


A lot of people jump to conclusions when they read this law and say that its judgement or thinking that you are “Above” people… That’s completely irrational and ignorant in my mind.  Who says that someone who hasn’t made it as far as you have is “below you”? Sometimes brilliant minds don’t apply themselves to obtain success as you see it. They may be successful in other areas of their life, like parenting, or being an artist, or making music…  They are and still can be brilliant people. Success doesn’t always mean obtaining tons of money for everyone.

You don’t need to make a list and group the people that you spend time with out in a notepad, but I think it’s important to keep it in mind as you navigate through life. Mostly when you are connecting with new people,  how is this person going to better your life, and your journey? Are they going to be someone you can encourage and motivate to take their artistic ability to the next level? Are they going to inspire you with wisdom and guide you through mentor-ship? Or are they facing the same struggles that you are and someone you can lean on for ideas and spend quality time with sharing stories.

It’s also important to keep in mind that someone can be more successful than you in business, but not in parenting.. Or vice versa. There’s always a spin you can apply to the principle to make sure good people you come across have a place in your life.

Your circle primarily should be focused on love.

A thousand friends is not more valuable than a handful of people that you love like family.