Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World by Tim Ferriss, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, US $30.00, Pp 624, November 2017, ISBN 978-1328994967
In real life, we face dilemmas at every step. Very often we have questions but cannot find answers. Every now and then, we want somebody to mentor us and get us out of the difficult situation. Few of us find the answers when we need them most. All of us meet failures and rejections from time to time, but we do not know how to face failures and rejections. Like all of us, Tim Ferriss also faced dilemmas, failures, and rejections and, like all of us, he also needed answers. He reached out to the most impressive and successful people to get the answers. They ranged from wunderkinds in their 20s to icons in their 70s and 80s. In Tribe of Mentors, Tim Ferriss shares their answers and pieces of advice with his readers as many of us ask the same questions at some point in life. They come from some 140 persons from different professional fields such as writer, teacher, and chef like Samin Nosrat, Muslim women’s rights activist and an author like Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an atheist writer like Sam Harris, legendary wrestling figure like Dan Gable, an illustrator and graphic journalist like Wendy MacNaughton.
These are the questions Tim Ferriss asked these 140 leaders!
– 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)?
– 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, what would it say?
– What is one of the best or most worthwhile investments you’ve ever made?
– 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?
– When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, what do you do?
Tim Ferriss consider these 140 leaders — who answer these questions and offer practical and tactical advice – his mentors who have found solutions. Tim Ferriss says that Tribe of Mentors includes many of the people he grew up viewing as idols or demi-gods. From these answers, many of you will learn something you never knew you wanted to learn. If TED curator Chris Anderson tells you that the best way to get things done is to let go, tennis champion Maria Sharapova will tell you she believes that “losing makes you think in ways victories can’t.” Tim Ferriss writes, “No matter where you are in life, you will love some of what’s here… You will find some of what’s inside boring, useless, or seemingly stupid. Out of roughly 140 profiles, I expect you to like 70, love 35 and have your life changed by perhaps 17. Amusingly, the 70 you dislike will be precisely the 70 someone else needs.”
Tribe of Mentors is an amazingly creative idea. It shows that successful people from all fields and professions face the same dilemmas as other young struggling young men and women do. They succeeded because they did not let their failures or rejections bring them down or they found the right answer to their questions. Tribe of Mentors may not answer all your questions and/or solve all your problems; it will definitely help you in many cases. This is a unique opportunity to have the same 140 mentors as Tim Ferriss.