Book Review: Tribe of Mentors
It took me a while to finish this book, but I don’t consider that a bad thing. My wife and I decided to digest this 600 page book by reading one ‘Mentor’ interview to each other before we fell asleep. Similar to Tools of Titans, finishing this book is truly an accomplishment. Packed with wisdom and thought-provoking practices, this is worth every single penny.
Tim Ferriss has become the ideal model for entrepreneurs like myself. He's built his brand on hacking everything from sleep to sexual performance. He's someone that is referenced during intense debates and motivational pep talks with friends and family members. This book is a product of his diverse network full of the "best of the best" in business, sports, entertainment, and other fields He narrowed down 11 questions that yielded the most value for listeners from his popular podcast, "The Tim Ferriss Show":
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 in recent memory)? My readers love specifics like brand and model, where you found it, etc.
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 a 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. (If helpful, it can be someone else’s quote: Are there any quotes you think of often or live your life by?)
What is one of the best or most worthwhile investments you’ve ever made? (This could be an investment of money, time, energy, etc.)
What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing that you love?
In the last five years, what new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?
What advice would you give to 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? (If helpful: What questions do you ask yourself?
So, what did I learn from all of these extraordinary people? As you can imagine, quite a lot. I've condensed some of my favorite lessons down to a list so that I can share them with you:
It starts with the voice in your head
Training your inner voice to forgive yourself and to be positive is the first step to success. Treat yourself like you would treat your best friend and life becomes significantly less stressful.
Well-being is related to increased performance
A common theme among all of these mentors is a deep appreciation for personal health. If you want to outperform others, make sure that you have your diet, sleep, and time in order.
Success is directly correlated with uncomfortable moments
If success was easy, then everyone would be doing it. The hardest obstacle seems to be willing to commit to things that make you feel uncomfortable. Courage is something that all high performers have had to learn and work on throughout their lives.
Ability to learn anything exists at your finger tips, your motivation is what needs work
These superstars always have their brains working and are ready for an opportunity to learn. Committing yourself to a life full of learning allows you to answer the tough questions that confront you.
You cannot prevent obstacles, but you can choose how to react
Shit will happen in life and there's nothing to do to stop it from happening. The most successful people have trained themselves to react in a way that allows them to tackle and even use these events to become stronger.
Don't avoid your fears
Assessing and acknowledging individual fears is a serious challenge for most of the world. This tends to be the most difficult part because once addressed, fears tend to be easy to overcome.
Being vulnerable can lead to power
Opening up about faults and mistakes makes you seem more human. This often leads to people feeling more connected to your vision and can create an unstoppable support group that will walk through fire for you.
Not all opportunities look attractive at first
Most life-changing opportunities are hidden in the ugly and uncomfortable. Staying curious and open-minded allows you to see things that others dismiss.