The Law of 33%

I came across a post on Millionaire’s Digest not too long ago that instantly caught my attention. It was titled ‘The Law of 33%’. (You can read it here.) Already, the title alone stood out from all the other posts on my feed. I mean, what would a post titled ‘The Law of 33%’ possibly be talking about? The last I checked, laws had nothing to do with percentages, right? Wrong.

I’m not sure if you’ve heard of it before, but if you haven’t, allow me to break it down for you. The Law of 33% is a concept developed by Tai Lopez. It serves as a guideline for how we should spend our waking hours (because time is the most precious commodity and no one wants to waste it) in order to reach the ultimate goal of living a successful life, whatever success may mean to you. It may be attaining status, fame and fortune. It may be in terms of personal development, to grow and improve as a person. It may even be as simple as being happy at the end of each day. You get the idea.

Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it? As I was doing a little research on this, I came across Tai Lopez’s TED talk on YouTube. He emphasised a lot on how everybody wants ‘the good life’ but not everybody is willing to work hard for it. And from there he talks about his life experiences and opinions relating to success. (Watch it here.) So you may be wondering, is The Law of 33% effective? Will following this ‘law’ really lead me to success? Who knows. In my opinion, while there is a certain truth in this concept, it neglects a glaring aspect. But before we go on, here is the Law of 25%, a revised version of The Law of 33% I came up with. Not because I think I’m any better than the original creator of this, but only because I think this is what works for me.

People below you
The 1st 25% of your time is spent with people below you. These are the people whom you can mentor and guide. Perhaps they are the ones in a situation or position you’ve once been in. As such, you can relate to the difficulties they face or how they feel. It may be a newbie at work making one too many mistakes or a junior struggling in a particular subject.

Spending time with this group of people provide an opportunity for you to share your knowledge and give advice. It’s also a chance to motivate, to create a positive impact in their lives, no matter how big or small. Remember, you’re there to mentor, not criticise and judge them. Intolerance to inevitable mistakes isn’t really an option here. My personal opinion is that when mentoring this group of people, you will indirectly appreciate how far you’ve come to get to where you are today. With such a realisation comes thankfulness and in turn, happiness.

People at the same level as you
The next 25% of your time is allocated to your friends, colleagues and peers; people on the same level as you. I’d define these people as individuals who share the same work environment as you. This means you’ll likely see each other very often. And if we don’t already realise, this group of people are the majority of people we meet at work. So if we’re to find friends in this group of people, how should we go about choosing wisely?

Let’s disregard factors like ‘status’ or ‘wealth’ here as that’s not what is meant by ‘people of the same level’. You want people who will motivate you when you’re down. You want people who’ll watch your back and truly care for you. You want people who’ll understand and accept you for who you are.

People above you
Now, this is the most important group of people to spend your time with. People above you, who we know as ‘mentors’. They’re people who have attained success or are already at a point in life that you want to be at. Spending time with them is quality, well spent time. They’ll be sure to provide guidance and sound advice to you, even if it’s done in a harsh manner. But don’t be put off easily, for they say the best mentors are rough around the edges! Remember, they want to help you, not harm you. Of course, that’s not to say that you should listen and follow their advice blindly, but weigh their advice in when making decisions.

Mentors also take the form of books. Priceless knowledge and wisdom of the years long gone, compressed into dollars’ worth of pages. Maybe even free of charge at the library! People whom we can’t meet and hear from today, we can still seek advice and guidance from through books. How amazing is that?

By yourself
As part of The Law of 25%, spending time by yourself is a section I added. The other 3 (time spent with people below you, people of the same level as you and people above you) are the fundamentals of The Law of 33%. So why did I add this section?

Well, I’ve always valued quality alone time. I think it’s important to take time off our busy schedules to sit down and reevaluate our goals from time to time. Being alone is just as important as being around others but sadly, it’s one of the most neglected aspects of human interaction. In fact, the world today tells us being alone is a sign of weakness, of being unable to find company. I think otherwise.

I see being by yourself as a healing time, where you don’t have to talk to fill the silence. You can be alone with your thoughts and be comfortable with it. You can think clearly, with no interruption. What’s not to love?


What do you think? Do guidelines like these really work? Have you tried it out? Share with me your views in the comments section below! Thank you for stopping by and I hope that you enjoyed reading about The Law of 33% / The Law of 25%. Here’s to it finding a way into your life and paving the way towards your happiness and success! 🍻


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