What can I do to become more intelligent and successful in any field that I choose to put my mind to?

Answer by Brandon Lee:

In James Altucher‘s Ultimate Cheat Sheet to Reinvent Yourself, he talks about how you need a mentor if you want to quickly climb up the ladder of success in any field you put your mind to.

Three types of mentors

  1. Direct. Someone who is in front of you who will show you how they did it. What is “it”? Wait. By the way, mentors aren’t like that old Japanese guy in “The Karate Kid.” Ultimately most mentors will hate you.
  2. Indirect. Books. Movies. You can outsource 90 percent of mentorship to books and other materials. 200-500 books equals one good mentor. People ask me, “What is a good book to read?” I never know the answer. There are 200-500 good books to read. I would throw in inspirational books. Whatever are your beliefs, underline them through reading every day.
  3. Everything is a mentor. If you are a zero, and have passion for reinvention, then everything you look at will be a metaphor for what you want to do. The tree you see, with roots you don’t, with underground water that feeds it, is a metaphor for computer programming if you connect the dots. And everything you look at, you will connect the dots.

I would recommend reading the entire post to get a good grasp of what he is talking about, but the goal is simple. Talk to people in your field and ask around until you find out who is at the top of the food chain, the pioneer, innovator, and the foremost expert, and then learn from them.

Bo Eason has a story that illustrates this perfectly.

Bo started out as a child whose dream was to be the best safety in the world. He successfully reached his dream and played in the NFL for about 5 years but was plagued with injury after injury. His injury forced him to reinvent himself and he struggled for a while trying to figure out how else he could express himself in a fashion that was similar to football.

He ended up moving to New York and decided to become a stage performer and began asking everyone he knew in the field as to who was the “best in the world.” It was a unanimous vote for Al Pacino.

3 days later, Bo Eason was at Al Pacino’s house. Al Pacino taught him and  gave him a gameplan for the next 15 years in order to become the best stage performer.

Bo Eason ended up writing and performing in his own play “Runt of the Litter” which the New York times dubbed, “One of the most powerful plays in the last decade.”

You can read more about Bo’s journey here:

You can also find an interview here where Bo shares a lot more in depth:

What can I do to become more intelligent and successful in any field that I choose to put my mind to?


– Xochielt Sanchez


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