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:
- 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? (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?)
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!