Who do you turn to for career, business, and life advice? Probably a mentor or a coach or at times read and implement a book.
This blog started with a mission to view books as mentors and Timothy Ferris’s Tribe of Mentors is the best book that fits this mission. It’s an interview-based book that contains advice from hundreds of top-notch people around the world. The questions asked are:
- What are the 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?
- How has failure, or apparent failure, set you up for later success? Do you have a favorite failure of yours?
- If you have a gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it what would it say and why? OR are there any quotes you think of often and live by?
- 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, behaviors 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 the 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? What new realizations and/ or approaches helped you?
- When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, or have lost your focus temporarily, what do you do?
That’s quite a mouthful, isn’t it? The index had a list of a lot of interviewees I didn’t know of. I was excited to read what they had to say, however, as I read, I noticed that the interviewees did not answer all the questions.
I loved the quality and the presentation. Every interview starts with its key highlight, followed by a brief of who the interviewee is and finally answering the questions above. Moreover, it had a page full of quotes at regular intervals.
The book is 500 pages long and costly but worth the price because it offers tremendous value. You’ll learn a lot and get inspired at the same time. Besides, it gets boring at times, so I suggest that you take a month to read and take notes. Divide the 500 pages into a set of 100 each and take a break of a day or two reflecting on your notes.
It’s quite difficult to choose what I liked as there were many, but I’ll give some highlights:
- Favorite Quotes
- Life doesn’t ask what we want. It presents us with options
- The difference between winning and losing is oftentimes not quitting.
- Great opportunities never have great opportunities in the subject line.
2. Book’s I’m looking forward to reading
- Jayber Crowe – Wendell Berry
- City of Thieves – David Benioff
- The Hero With Thousand Faces – Joseph Campbell
3. Bad recommendations you hear in your profession
- Protect yourself from stress and you’ll be better.
- Resting is a weakness.
- Good things come to those who wait.
4. College Advice
- Embrace the suck for a while.
- Figure out what success means to you. Don’t accept others’ views as conventional wisdom.
- Good manners pay off big time.
5. New Beliefs
- Best is enough.
- Go to the gym, maintain fitness.
- Practicing meditation.
Tribe of Mentors has been a valuable read. It’s filled with career, business, and life advice from the best and accomplished in the world with tons of value that is worth the price and size. Moreover, you get insights into their lives – their minds, beliefs, failures, etc. I recommend you read it.