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Tribe Of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World Hardcover – November 21, 2017
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In 2017, several of my close friends died in rapid succession. It was a very hard year, as it was for many people.
It was also a stark reminder that time is our scarcest, non-renewable resource.
With a renewed sense of urgency, I began asking myself many questions:
Were my goals my own, or simply what I thought I should want?
How much of life had I missed from underplanning or overplanning?
How could I be kinder to myself?
How could I better say “no” to the trivial many to better say “yes” to the critical few?
How could I best reassess my priorities and my purpose in this world?
To find answers, I reached out to the most impressive world-class performers in the world, ranging from wunderkinds in their 20s to icons in their 70s and 80s. No stone was left unturned.
This book contains their answers—practical and tactical advice from mentors who have found solutions. Whether you want to 10x your results, get unstuck, or reinvent yourself, someone else has traveled a similar path and taken notes.
This book, Tribe of Mentors, includes many of the people I grew up viewing as idols or demi-gods. Less than 10% have been on my podcast (The Tim Ferriss Show, more than 200 million downloads), making this a brand-new playbook of playbooks.
No matter your challenge or opportunity, something in these pages can help.
Among other things, you will learn:
• More than 50 morning routines—both for the early riser and those who struggle to get out of bed.
• How TED curator Chris Anderson realized that the best way to get things done is to let go.
• The best purchases of $100 or less (you'll never have to think about the right gift again).
• How to overcome failure and bounce back towards success.
• Why Humans of New York creator Brandon Stanton believes that the best art will always be the riskiest.
• How to meditate and be more mindful (and not just for those that find it easy).
• Why tennis champion Maria Sharapova believe that “losing makes you think in ways victories can’t.”
• How to truly achieve work-life balance (and why most people tell you it isn’t realistic).
• How billionaire Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz transformed the way he engages with difficult situations to reduce suffering.
• Ways to thrive (and survive) the overwhelming amount of information you process every day.
• How to achieve clarity on your purpose and assess your priorities.
• And much more.
This reference book, which I wrote for myself, has already changed my life. I certainly hope the same for you.
I wish you luck as you forge your own path.
All the best,
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TIM FERRISS has been called “a cross between Jack Welch and a Buddhist monk” by The New York Times. He is one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People” and an early-stage tech investor/advisor in Uber, Facebook, Twitter, Shopify, Duolingo, Alibaba, and 50+ other companies. He is also the author of four #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers: The 4-Hour Workweek, The 4-Hour Body, The 4-Hour Chef, and Tools of Titans. The Observer and other media have named him “the Oprah of audio” due to the influence of his podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show, which has exceeded 200 million downloads and been selected for “Best of iTunes” three years running.
- Publisher : Harper Business; 1st Edition (November 21, 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 624 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1328994961
- ISBN-13 : 978-1328994967
- Item Weight : 2.2 pounds
- Dimensions : 7 x 1.82 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #13,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The full title is “Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice From the Best in the World”. Copyright 2017. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing New York, New York. I pre-ordered this book and received a 1st Edition Hardcopy. I can’t remember the cost; just shy of $30 probably.
My first impression of the book was its familiar size. Very similar to rest of his books approximately 9” tall X 7” wide X 2” thick. It doesn’t weigh as much as it looks like it should. Mostly black and gold colored cover with Carolina Blue highlights. No jacket. The paper is off white, grainy, and kinda sticky. Got that good “new book” smell. (Come to think of it, old books smell good too.) It’s bound in a way to create ridges on the fore-edge so thumbing through the book and quickly flipping pages is easy.
As I mentioned, Tim’s books aren’t story books. They more resemble reference books. This particular book is a collection of interviews and the table of contents is the list of 100’ish names of the questionees and where their answers can be found. As a cool twist Tim includes a few of the rejection letters he received from people he’d asked to participate. This addition emphasizes how folks with couth and courtesy say “Thank you but no thank you”.
My favorite feature of the book is that all the interviewees were given the same 11 questions to ponder and respond. Tim dissects each question and reveals how and why he crafted them and what he’s looking to get out of them. The feature of repeated questions makes reading the book very rhythmic. The pages go by quickly and the mind switches to auto-pilot. It’s more like to listening to a conversation than reading. The 11 questions are:
What is the book (or books) you’ve given most as a gift and why? Or what are one to three books that have greatly influenced your life?
What purchase of $100 or less has most positively impacted your life in the last six months or recent memory?
How has a failure, or apparent failure, set you up for later success? Do you have a “favorite failure” of yours?
If you could have one gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it—metaphorically speaking, getting a message out to millions or billions—what would it say and why? It could be a few words or a paragraph.
What is on the best or most worthwhile investments you’ve ever made? (Money, time, energy, etc…)
What is an unusual habit or absurd thing that you love?
In the last five years, what new belief, or behavior, or habit has most improved your life?
What advice would you give a smart, driven college student about to enter the “real world”? What advice should they ignore?
What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?
In the last five years, what have you become better at saying no to (distractions, invitations, etc.)? What new realizations and/or approaches helped? Any other tips?
When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused or have lost your focus temporarily, what do you do?
Only high performers were questioned (some of which I was familiar, some not) and they lead us down a rabbit hole with their answers. They suggest enough books, TED talks, poems, articles, authors, etc. to keep anyone busy for years to come. Tim also lists each interviewee’s social media handle(s) so readers can connect and follow on the interwebz.
Tim’s organization of the massive amounts of information in this book is meticulous. He includes a list of recorded conversations from respondents and where to find them online. He includes a mentor index. Not every respondent answered every question so Tim includes an index of questions answered by interviewee. He even includes blank lined pages for readers to use in making their own notes and indexes.
Style and substance of “Tribe of Mentors” is lockstep. An amazingly informative book presented in a friendly conversational style. The books organization is on par with everything else TF has done. “Tribe” didn’t call for as many organizational asides as “Tools of Titans” and that was welcome in my opinion. No decoder rings necessary.
“Tribe of Mentors” will appeal to anyone who’s looking for more shit to read, learn, and get better. It’s a red pill type book that I personally read through one time, took notes, and now leave lying around in the open to conveniently revisit. As a coffee table book intelligent friends will pick it up to read a few passages and instant meaningful conversation should break out. If not, you may want to re-think the folks you let hang out at your place.
It’s reminded me that they are flawed normal human beings that have dedicated their knowledge and strength to strive in life.
i would like to recommend to anyone who are having doubts in their life.
Thus, Tim Ferriss tried to get together the best tribe he could manage by his deadline. He sent out a questionnaire to a dizzying array of people, and tried to cobble together the best distillation of their responses- in their own words- that he could. There's a lot to like about that, and a lot to dislike. But the central idea is accomplished. If you got together the best 150-or-so people you could, and asked them all the same list of top questions, what could you learn? Discover inside.
Hear from some of the best people in the world, in their own words. You get to hear from everyone. People like Terry Crews - actor, known cool person, and abuse survivor. People like Ayan Hirsi Ali - human rights campaigner, escaped to the free world after experiencing genital mutilation in a tribal culture. People like Arianna Huffington - entrepreneur, politician, presidential candidate. People like Ray Dalio - investor and inspiration to some of the biggest movers and shakers in the world. It's all here.
Do the Tim Thing. This is exactly how Tim Ferriss got famous in his current form, asking good questions to the world's top performers in a variety of fields then sharing that information with the world. Yes, you're going to see that 80+% of the people responding have a daily meditation practice. Find out firsthand the things Tim learned for himself when he wrote Tools of Titans. This time, you're getting it direct from the source, in case you had any question about Tim's interpretation.
There are some brief indexes that pick out common responses, in order to give you some ideas to follow up on. For instance, Tim links to his blog to give you the most common responses to the "most-gifted books" and "best purchase under $100". I wish more of that was in the book, but it's a gigantic tome as it is so it's hard to complain. Tim also gives you some quotes to ponder between chapters, giving you a little bonus between all the responses.
Clearly, Tim didn't get all his first choices. Some of the people, Sorkin and Sharapova being stand-outs, pretty much phoned it in and aren't real mentors in any sense except they're famous and considered quote-unquote "successful".
There's not a lot of value-add. Sure, this is a treasure trove of amazing responses from amazing people. This is what Tim does- he grabs people in their own words, and he digests it all to come up with his own take from it. Now you can too. That's hugely valuable stuff. I'd give it 5/5 stars on that alone if this was like an internet blog just republishing other people's words. For a book, I just wish Tim would do his usual trick of digesting more of it for you, highlighting the actionable bits. There's just not a ton of value-add on top of the source material. You kind of wish you could join a mailing list where he'd just email you all these responses.
There's a wealth of information here. Find someone you respect, and read their answers to Tim's top questions. That's golden. Most of us will never get this chance in our lives. How many of us will end up having the chance to ask one question to over 100 of the top performers in the world, let alone more than one? Maybe reading through some of the other names you'll learn about people you never knew, new perspectives you hadn't considered, even great new ideas for toys thanks to the question about "best purchase under $100". The downside a lot of people are complaining about is that this is what Tim does for you, his podcast and his other books do a lot more of the digging for you so all you get are the best golden nuggets with all the fat trimmed off. If you pick up Tools of Titans, or listen to his podcast, you'll get a lot of these same nuggets in a more condensed form with a lot more relation between various speakers and influenced.
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The nature of the format makes it an easy read in bite sized chunks. The different takes on the same questions by the multiple contributors are serious food for thought. There are some very valuable lessons to be had without this in any way feeling like text book or must read College bibliography.
I loved this book. The only reason I have given it four stars & not five is that the list of contributors is very US-centric. If you live elsewhere in the world as I do then you might find yourself doing a quite a few internet searches to put faces to names.
The idea is great, but some of the answers seem forced. I think it's a book to come back to at a different point in life and keep reading until something hits you.
Also, many of the people are so far into the future, so famous, so successful, that I find it difficult to imagine applying what they say to my life.