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How I Made Zero Mistakes On Joel Salatin’s Farm

Imagine with me something crazy for a second…

Imagine what your life would be if you never made any big mistakes. Of course, you might make little ones, but I’m talking about life-changing setbacks.

For example, maybe you’d have a life where you never married the wrong person and gone through a bitter divorce or you never dated a particular person that you dedicated the best years of your life to or maybe you started a business with someone and it ended up a disaster or in bankruptcy.

How much better would your life be if you didn’t have those huge mistakes in your life?

There’s a myth in the world right now that you only learn through mistakes.

Well, I was just in Omaha for the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholder’s Conference this past weekend with Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger some of the richest people on this planet. Here’s what they say about making mistakes…

Warren Buffett said, “It’s true you only learn through mistakes, but you see that’s only half the truth. It’s much better to learn through the mistakes of others.”

Charlie Munger, the self-made billionaire said, “I’ve made mistakes, but I’ve made a hell of a lot less mistakes than everybody else.”

Benjamin Graham, Warren Buffett’s mentor and one of the best investors of all the time, says that what you’ve got to do is make sure you don’t suffer any huge setbacks or any huge mistakes and one day you will look back on your life and you will either have a life of fulfillment and happiness or we will look back and see a life full of fear, regret, and anxiety.

It’s like my favorite poem by Chief Tecumseh, “So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart… When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way.”
One Rule: No Mistakes

I remember back when I was 18 and I lived on this farm.

Right out of high school, I did an internship at Joel Salatin’s (known for being a pioneer in organic foods, grass-fed food, and sustainable agriculture) out of Staunton, Virginia, and I remember the first thing that happened when I showed up. Joel had this old house that was built back in the 1760s in this old log house and we were in his basement where his kitchen was.

He says, “You know Tai, I only have one rule here on my farm. You’re not allowed to make any mistakes.”

I remember thinking, “Is this guy crazy?”

I thought it was human and normal to make mistakes. I had never thought it was possible to not make any mistakes and unfortunately I was actually resistant at first.

That’s when I learned a major life lesson. When people smarter than you say something to you that’s counter-intuitive, they’re probably right and you’re probably wrong. But over time I realized, he was serious.

So when he told me something like, Tai in the morning I want you to bring 3 chicken feed buckets over to the chicken pens and feed each chicken pen 1 bucket,” I realized that there were animal’s lives at stake. If I only brought 2 chicken feed buckets then some chicken might die because of that mistake. We had thousands and thousands of animals and their lives depended on the mistakes we make or don’t make.

Whether it’s the animal’s lives or our customer’s lives, they are all dependant on our mistakes.

So to eliminate my mistakes I drove my old Pontiac Grand-Am, a little blue junky car, and I drove into Staunton, this old teeny little town and I bought this little yellow notepad. Kind of like the ones that a journalist would use and I stuffed it into my back pocket.

Whenever Joel would talk, I would write it out and track it. Joel would do the same thing, but he wanted to save paper, so he wrote on old envelopes from the mail.

But that trick alone saved me a whole lot of pain and I never made another major mistake on that farm ever again.

I took notes whenever I could because I realized this is a guy who is teaching me something real.

He taught me, Tai if you could get rid of big mistakes in your life, you will live a life that 1% of people at best will have ever lived.”

As a business owner, your mistakes can affect not only your own life but your employees and your customers. Depending on what level you’re at, this could be hundreds, thousands, or even tens of thousands of people that are affected by mistakes you may be making.

Make War With A Multitude Of Counselors

When faced with a major decision in business, you have to be knowledgeable and well-informed to avoid making a mistake.

The best way I’ve found is to look in the past at what people at the top have done. What did Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart, do? What would Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger do in your situation? What would Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, do?

Now, most people don’t have access to people like this. In fact, some of the people at the top aren’t even alive anymore.

That’s why I read books. I read a book a day, sometimes even more.

Sam Walton wrote the book “Made In America”. You can get it for under $5 at a used book store. It’s probably my most beat up book in my library, but you’ll find a detailed account of his life as the founder of WalMart and he even included practical actions you can do as a business owner to improve it.

There are countless books about Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger. I’ve read most of them if not all of them.

Imagine you have a big business decision you need to make. Imagine you had 12 of the top people in business at your disposal who can give you advice like Sam Walton (WalMart), Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger (Berkshire Hathaway), Bill Gates (Microsoft), Jeff Bezos (Amazon), Elon Musk (Tesla), Richard Branson (Virgin), Conrad Hilton (Hilton Hotels), Ray A. Kroc (McDonald’s), etc.

With all of these people advising you on every decision you make, you can be a very wealthy person with a thriving business.

In the Bible, depending on which version you read, it says, “Make war with a multitude of counselors.”

Before going to “war” or going into business, you must surround yourself with the right people to make avoid making deadly mistakes.

That’s what it’s like to have a library of knowledge. Today, you can find a book or a video or a course made by people at the top and you can essentially access their brains to get advice on your own business.

But, to be adequately equipped with enough knowledge to avoid major business mistakes, I don’t think you can get away with reading one book a year. I don’t even think you can do it reading a book a month. Not even a book a day can give you enough knowledge. But it damn sure can help you.

What’s Better Than Books?

The best thing is to have in-person mentors. These are people who know more than you about a particular subject and care for your long-term well-being in business.

I had Joel Salatin who taught me a lot about life and business. He’s not the only one, though. I searched all over the world and visited over 50 different countries to find just a handful of mentors who would teach me what I needed to know to become successful.

Now, I own multiple businesses that make millions of dollars. I’ve become one of the top 10 influential people on social media according to Forbes. If you check my social media accounts, they all have at least a million followers. I’ve taken brands from scratch and grown them into multi-million dollar-earning businesses like MentorBox, 67 Steps, Social Media Marketing Agency 2.0, and my personal brand. I’ve spent over a million dollars on social media and advertising to learn and see what works.

After all the years I’ve spent in business and social media I’ve basically found 3 major things most businesses need in order to scale their business, whether it’s from jumping from a 6-figure business to 7-figures or 7-figures to 8-figures or even more.

And now, I’m paying forward my knowledge and I’m looking for 28 business owners who want to scale their business.

I’m going to build them a funnel that generates $1 to $10 million on autopilot guaranteed.

I’m confident I can do this to almost any business. I just want to do it so I can have 28 different case studies to show people that what I’m teaching and what I can do is not bullshit. The power of social media and advertising is real and can take any business to the next step if done right.

This is a selective process. I won’t just take anybody. Out of the thousands who will be applying, I will only pick 28. My team and I are personally screening every application to see if it’s a good fit.

Remember, I had to fly across the world to find people who would be willing to mentor me about business. They didn’t come to me. Today, I’m coming to you.

 

Stay Strong,

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