Think about your typical work week. Now think about the amount of time you spend in each of these three areas:
– With students you’re mentoring
– With supportive peers equal to you
– With mentors 10-20 years ahead of you
I learned about the rule of thirds from author, investor, and entrepreneur, Tai Lopez, as part of his life mastery program. I’ve known for a while that I’m lacking strong mentors in my life, but didn’t realize how lopsided my balance was until I learned the rule of thirds.
The rule of thirds states that you should be equally dividing your time between those less experienced than you, those equal to you, and those more experienced than you. Equally dividing your time between the three groups will give you the right balance of perspective, support, and action.
I spend 70% of my time with students where I get to put what I know into action, 25% with peers who support/challenge me, and 5% with mentors who give me perspective on the things I don’t even know I don’t know. Right now, it’s clearly not equal, but I am actively working to adjust it.
What about you? How is your time divided up now? How would you like it divided?
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