The Law of 33%

The Law of 33%

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Sam Sanderson

Founder & Owner of: Simplistic Success

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Business, Entrepreneur and Successful Living Writer

In essence, this law says that 33% of your time should be split up evenly between 3 different groups of people.

1. People Below You

The first 33% is the most simple. This is time spent with people who you would consider below you. For example, maybe you are higher up at your current company and you wish to help an intern learn some new skills. Or perhaps maybe you are an experienced stock trader and wish to help somebody learn the basics who is just starting out. The point is that as you learn and grow it is important to share the knowledge you learn and give advice to others. Helping others is key and will also aid you in your own growth and personal development.

2. People On the Same Level As You

This is time spent with people you would consider who are on “the same level” as you. In other words your friends and peers. As mentioned before it is VERY important who you choose to spend your time with. You need to surround yourself with like-minded individuals who have a vision, work hard, support you and are working towards similar goals. Your peer group should motivate you and push you not bring you down. Non constructive Negativity is the worst thing you can be around and you need to avoid it like the plague at all costs.

3. Mentors/ People Above You

This leads us to the last 33%, which is actually the most important of the three. This is time spent with people who you would consider above you ie. people who are at a level of success or a point in life that you are looking to attain and working towards being at. This is the most crucial part of your success because seeing people where you want to be make you realize it is possible, which is more powerful than you know. Your limit and potential is only caused by your beliefs about what is attainable so seeing people achieve are very important to your success. Take the history of the four minute mile for example, it was impossible until one man accomplished it. After that many people accomplished the four minute mile feat. Finding mentors and surrounding yourself with successful people also pushes you to work harder and to enhance your threshold of excellence.  It also provides you with a person who will track your progress and keep you in check and work towards your goals. Lastly, they are a huge source of motivation which is huge. They will inspire you and help push you on those days when you feel like giving up.

SUMMARY:  The law of 33% percent says your time should be divided equally between three different parties. This is people below you, on the same level, and above you. This is key to your personal growth and your path towards being successful.

Article Credits: Sam Sanderson

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor

(For Business, Entrepreneur, Marketing Bloggers & More)

41 thoughts on “The Law of 33%”

  1. Awesome read, I have been using LOA for about a year now and have written some articles that correspond. Although, I have never heard of the 33% rule I will definitely keep it in mind now as I walk through life in “good vibes.”

  2. It’s one of those simply understood principles that are almost as credible as universal laws. And it also makes a lot of sense to bet your future on it. I really like how you discussed this law that’s gradually becoming a part of common wisdom.

  3. Yes. Couldn’t agree more. I like the idea of spending time with people “below” you because I have found that you can gauge your level of understanding of a subject by how effectively you can teach it to another person.

  4. This was an interesting read. Thank you for this perspective. My website is designed for leaders who are truly “in the middle”. I like the way you break this down. It makes me think about some of the things I have experienced over my time as a leader. I’ve learned that it’s necessary to spend time in each third. You can’t keep what you have unless you give it away and you won’t gain anything worth giving, by being the smartest person in the room. Thanks again and please visit my website I would truly appreciate your feedback.

  5. Interesting post but it makes a lot of since. I’m in law school and really benefit from spending time with people above me. I recently started a blog about my law school experience check it out if you have a chance.

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  7. Makes sense. However, often we fail to find people in the second category. That is peers who can help you excel. And i feel, in such cases, it is healthy enough to be with oneself, learning new things, treating oneself to good food and books, and things like that.

  8. This is a great read. What advice can you offer of upgrading your friends? Friends naturally slough off when you change yourself. But still finding new friends to best benefit your life can be tough.

  9. Hey Sam! I agree to an extent but I’m also a huge believer in equality. They’re people with more or less experience but I certainly would never consider someone “below me.” The concept is great though. It goes back to self-development and surrounding yourself with other successful people. Good read!


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