Learn the key ideas of the book by Timothy Ferriss

Tribe of Mentors

Simple and useful life advice from the best entrepreneurs

In his book Tribe of Mentors, Timothy Ferriss has asked a series of questions to the leading figures in their respective fields of expertise, such as investors, partners of multinationals, writers, actors and actresses, poker players, athletes and many others, collecting secrets and fun facts  derived from their success. We will discover, for example, what Anna Holmes, a writer and editor of The Washington Post, does when she is not feeling focused, or which is Ray Dalio's worst or best investment.

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Many useful tips to:

  • Learn some secrets and interesting facts related to the life of important mentors.
  • Know how failure has shaped characters like Ben Stiller or has created opportunities for Arianna Huffington, one of the 100 most influential women in the world according to Forbes.
  • Find ideas on what to do when you feel overloaded or out of focus.

The author of the book:

According to Fast Company (an American magazine), Timothy Ferriss is one of the greatest business innovators. He has invested in Uber, Facebook, Twitter and Alibaba. He is the author of a podcast that has more than 200 million downloads.


Tim Ferriss and Tribe of Mentors

To explain why Tim Ferriss wrote this book, we must start from the exact moment he decided to do so. 2017 was a special year for him: he turned 40 years old and his first book had turned 10, some friends had passed away and he was experiencing quite a few other emotional events. At a crossroads, like everyone else, he began to ask himself some questions: Are my goals my own? How much of life have I missed from underplanning or overplanning? How can I be kinder to myself? How can I start saying the right "nos"?

All these questions made him feel anxious and dismayed, throwing him off balance. So he decided to place them inside an "elegant frame", an act of benevolence towards himself: he addressed the questions to a tribe of Mentors (teachers/mentors) he had carefully chosen. Eleven questions, posed to the most influential and active people in the world. The mentors are investors, partners at multinationals, writers, actors and actresses, poker players, athletes and many others.

Among other things, you will learn:

  • the three books that the investor Ray Dalio most frequently recommends;
  • the lessons and suggestions of elite athletes like Maria Sharapova, Kelly Slate and Dara Torres;
  • how and why Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz says no to most incoming requests;
  • the meditation and reflection habits of David Lynch, Jimmy Fallon and Sharon Salzberg;
  • why TED curator Chris Anderson thinks "follow your passion" is an advice that should be avoided;
  • how Yuval Noah Harari's "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humanity" went from being repeatedly rejected by publishers to becoming a global mega-bestseller.

The key ideas of "Tribe of Mentors"

Tim Ferriss and Tribe of Mentors
What are the books that you have most often given to others, and the three that have most influenced your life?
Which item, worth less than $100, has had a big impact on your life in the last 6 months?
How has a failure, or apparent failure, set you up for later success? Do you have a “favorite failure” of yours?
If you had a billboard to show a message to the world, what would you write? A few words or an entire paragraph?
What is one of the best or most worthwhile investments you’ve ever made?
What strange habit do you have or something absurd 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 bad recommendations have you heard in your profession or area of expertise?
In the last five years, what have you become better at saying no to? What new realizations and/or approaches have helped you?
When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, what do you do? What questions do you ask yourself?
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