Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World 226

Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World

The new book by Tim Ferriss is here. It’s called Tribe of Mentors, and contains the secrets of success in any area of life as shared by 130+ world-class performers.

His last book Tools of Titans was a huge hit (as anything he published, really). It’s on my bookshelf and I use it for reference when I’m in need of advice, ideas or inspiration. What makes Tribe of Mentors different and better, though, is that it’s way more actionable and around 90% of the people included have never appeared on the podcast.

Tim shares it’s his easiest read so far, and promises that ‘some of the profiles will make your jaw drop’. It’s 624 pages of solid life advice.

Why Tim Wrote Tribe of Mentors

Tim Ferriss shares that the format might be similar to his previous bestseller, Tools of Titans, but the reasons behind writing it are different.

Check out the video below to see the ‘why’ behind the book. In a nutshell, it all started with having a tough year. A lot happened. In addition, he turned 40. That made him reassess his life and ask some pretty big questions.

We all need to ask ourselves important questions at any stage of our life. But he realized he still struggles with separating the signal from the noise, with saying ‘no’ more often, and more.

He wanted to have a better vision for the next few decades of his life. And the musing led him to contact his mentors. He created a dream list of people he admired that could potentially give the best answers to his questions. Some he had already interviewed for the podcast. Others he reached out to as he considered them right for the job.

That’s how he created Tribe of Mentors.

The 11 Questions He Asked His Mentors

Tim’s Podcast The Tim Ferriss Show is the #1 business podcast on iTunes, year after year. One of the reasons people love it so much is that each episode is packed with valuable knowledge and the experience of a high achiever in some field of life. We are literally learning from the best by listening to it. But it wouldn’t be possible if Tim didn’t ask the right questions.

He did the same with Tribe of Mentors.

Here are the exact 11 questions he asked each mentor:

  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. How has a failure, or apparent failure, set you up for later success? Do you have a “favorite failure” of yours?
  4. 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?)
  5. What is one of the best or most worthwhile investments you’ve ever made? (Could be an investment of money, time, energy, etc.)
  6. What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing that you love?
  7. In the last five years, what new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?
  8. What advice would you give to a smart, driven college student about to enter the “real world”? What advice should they ignore?
  9. What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?
  10. 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?
  11. When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, or have lost your focus temporarily, what do you do? (If helpful: What questions do you ask yourself?)

Where Can We Get The Book

Here’s the official site, where you can also check out a list of all the mentors included in the book. Grab a free sample chapter there too.

Find Tribe of Mentors on Amazon.


I truly admire Tim Ferriss and consider him one of my mentors. The ones I’ve never met but who helped me find direction and stay on the right track. I wouldn’t be living my current lifestyle if it wasn’t for his first ever book, The 4-Hour Workweek.

And that’s why I truly wanted to post something about his new work this week. There’s no affiliate link in the post. In fact, I’ll also be mentioning his new podcast in another short one later today. It’s because I believe he has some powerful advice to offer to those looking to change and improve themselves.

Hope you get your hands on Tribe of Mentors soon and make the most of it!

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10 Unusual Sleeping Habits of The Rich and Famous 43

Good sleep is a very precious commodity which is treasured and, far too often, quite rare. If you’re rich, famous and successful, this is even more relevant. Here is a quick look at 10 of the most unusual sleeping habits of the rich and famous:

Good sleep is a very precious commodity which is treasured and, far too often, quite rare. If you’re rich, famous and successful, this is even more relevant.

When it comes to getting a good solid night’s sleep, some people will go to extreme lengths to ensure it goes ahead without disturbance or hindrance. But for others, sleep is not high on their list of priorities and can function on as little as a few hours per night.

Here is a quick look at 10 of the most unusual sleeping habits of the rich and famous:

The Sleep Habits of Rich and Successful People

Arianna Huffington

The Greek-American author and founder of The Huffington Post once suffered from exhaustion so severe that she collapsed and awoke in a pool of her own blood.

Eager to not let the incident repeat itself, Arianna Huffington established a strict bedtime routine which she sticks to like clockwork.

Arianna turns off all of her electronics and gadgets, placing them on charge outside of the bedroom. She then takes a hot bath with lavender oil and Epsom salts, before changing into special sleep clothes and reading until dozing off.

Winston Churchill

A British statesman, military officer and war-time Prime Minister, Winston Churchill was a biphasic sleeper and would take a two-hour nap each day at 5 pm, after drinking a whiskey and soda.

It was common for Winston Churchill to work throughout the night.

Because of his irregular sleeping pattern, it is rumored that he would hold meetings of the War Cabinet from his bathtub.

Churchill held his sleeping habits in high-esteem, commenting that they allowed him to get one and a half day’s work done in 24 hours.

Leonardo Da Vinci

Italian painter, sculptor and inventor Leonardo Da Vinci followed a polyphasic sleep process which he aptly named “The Da Vinci Sleep Schedule” which involved sleeping between 20 minutes and 2 hours per session, several times per day.

This unconventional sleep schedule definitely gave him more time during his days. But it could have also made it quite difficult to work on long-term projects which required more concentration.

Shaquille O’Neal

Retired American professional basketball player Shaquille O’Neal suffers from sleep apnea, meaning that his breathing periodically stops for a short period whilst he’s sleeping.

In severe cases, these breathing lapses can last up to ten seconds and occur several times throughout the night…


Lyndon B. Johnson

The former President of the United States was known to split his day into two parts which enabled him to get more work done.

He typically woke up at around 6 am to 7 am and worked until 2 pm, before exercising and taking a quick 30-minute nap, after which he would wake up and work until the early hours of the morning.

Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla – the Serbian-American inventor and physicist – followed an ‘Uberman’ sleep cycle which he claimed never allowed him to sleep for more than two hours per day.

As a child, Tesla would suffer from nightmares and perhaps this influenced his desire to sleep less. It is reported that once Tesla worked for more than 84 hours without any rest whatsoever.


The American rapper puts tinfoil on his windows at night to stop any light seeping in. And is said to play white noise on his speakers and through the television, which helps him sleep better when traveling between different time zones.

Salvador Dali

Spanish painter, photographer and sculptor Salvador Dali would sit with a key in one hand placed above a metal plate.

As soon as Dali would fall asleep, the key would slip from his hand and clang against the metal plate, immediately waking him up.

Tell me about surreal sleeping habits!

These are just ten of our favorite unusual sleeping habits of the rich and famous. Throughout history, there have been many documented unusual sleeping habits and you can check out our infographic if you want to learn more.

Names such as Vincent Van Gogh, Charles Dickens, Barack Obama and Isaac Newton all feature here – you might be surprised at what you learn! Now, here’s an infographic by Celebjury with more of the amazing sleeping habits of rich, famous and successful people from all fields: