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

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  5,904 ratings  ·  541 reviews
Tim Ferriss, the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The 4-Hour Workweek, shares the ultimate choose-your-own-adventure book—a compilation of tools, tactics, and habits from 130+ of the world's top performers. From iconic entrepreneurs to elite athletes, from artists to billionaire investors, their short profiles can help you answer life's most challenging questions,
Kindle Edition, 623 pages
Published November 21st 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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It isn't the full book, but it's a bunch of podcasts with a number of the chapters.

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Paige Gordon
Dec 03, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was a weird experience for me. Although I think the idea behind it is brilliant and it was very well executed and put together, my main feeling after reading it is honestly a little bit of sadness. And my main takeaway from it was surprisingly - I should read my Bible more. That seems like an unusual takeaway from a book that featured (as far as I could tell) exactly zero advice from any strong Christian person. However what struck me most from reading all of the advice in this book wa ...more
Greg Swierad
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tim Ferriss did an excellent job asking the interviewees good questions. The one that I liked the most is what changed their life most in the last five years. Taking only answers to this one question, I discovered plenty of new ideas for how to improve my life.

My three favorites are:
* Engage in your “fear practice” for two minutes each day.
* Take the Enneagram test to better understand who you are.
* Start to believe that we are all mini gods.

I found a total of 21 great habit ideas that improved
Bartosz Majewski
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The last book i've finished this year was Tribe of Mentors. The first one - Tools of titans. In the meantime Tim become Timothy and i've read 58 other books. Theese two were definitly among the best this year. Tim is asking 140 people that are the best in their fields (billionaires, athletes, writers, poker players, bitcoin and blockchain experts and everyone in between) 11 the same questions. Read questions on his blog. Understand how powerfull the answers might be. Buy the book. Read the mothe ...more
Heidi The Reader
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Timothy Ferriss asks carefully framed questions of some of the most successful people in the world an in effort to ferret out how they came to the place that they are now.

I found Tribe of Mentors fascinating in its breadth and diversity. It highlighted in my mind that there is not one path to success or fulfillment. We're all out here stumbling around, seeking different things. In some ways, I think it's extraordinary that anyone can succeed in the chaos that is life.

So, how do you know what to
Pam Boling
Jan 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
I couldn't even finish this book. When I read a title "Tribe of Mentors" with rave reviews this book has, I expect a lot more than this book offers. The questions are presented to the "mentors" in such a way that the advice they offer is very superficial. Everyone who had something to contribute to this collection has vast and varied life experiences. They have incredible talent, expertise, and advice they could have shared. Instead, they are inhibited by the constraints of Mr. Ferriss's questio ...more
Stealth Journals
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of my biggest takeaways from this book was finding out how many successful people include these three things within their daily schedules: meditation, journaling or keeping lists, and walking.

Part of the inspiration that Tim shares of the why/how this book came to be born was from one of his own morning journaling sessions where he wrote: “What would this look like if it were easy?”

Blurbs I Collected in my Reading Journal Specifically About Journaling/Keeping Lists:

• Richa Chadha - journal
Aman Mittal
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I get excited when I hear Tim Ferriss is going to release a new book. The guy knows what to write, or at least how to present information in terms of mere words. Last year, I spent 18 days on his Tools of Titans which came out in the month of December. I haven't spent more than 15 days on Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace and War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. Tim's books tend to cover a vast amount of information that is not easy for a human brain to process. After putting my nose in his other b ...more
Monica Kim: Reader in Emerald City
I’ve reading “Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World” by Tim Ferriss little by little since the beginning of the year. This is another beast of a book by Ferriss. Overall, a really good book. You can’t go wrong with learning from the best of the best. Although, structure is bit different than the predecessor, “Tools of Titan,” which I read last year, this book is similar in that Ferriss have complied wealth of knowledge and wisdom, but I found it to be too redundant. Ther ...more
Dec 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
I wasted my time trying to read this book. It’s apparent that the author has zero time invested in trying to make it better in any meaningful way with focus. Never felt the connection with the topic at hand other than for Susan Cain’s section and the transition between mentors is terrible. It’s like the author had some fake reasoning for himself to justify his narration, and a bunch of quotes, but the results are very poor. These very well could have been individual blogposts over a period of ti ...more
Erik Rostad
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tim Ferriss asks a set of the same 11 questions to some of the top performers in the world, and this book is a collection of answers from 131 of these people. As in Tools of Titans, my favorite part of the book was reading the book recommendations from these people. Since my 2018 reading list is set, I now have a good number of books to add to my 2019 list.

It's fun reading books like this because you start to see patterns. One pattern from a number of "mentors" was the advice to focus on now. Pl
♥ Ibrahim ♥
Dec 08, 2018 rated it liked it
This book has lots of useful and inspiring information, but the author appears to have gotten into a hurry. He also ended up interviewing every Tom, Dick and Harry when he should have been far more selective. It’s a good book to check out of the library and give it back to them, but it doesn’t need to stay on my shelf.
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tim Ferriss excels in these types of books where there is a synthesis of lifetime learnings encapsulated through answers to 11 questions. The responses are from successful people across all the walks of life and these people have conquered their fears and failures to become what they are. A good refresher course for the motivated lot and a transformational read for the others who can dip into these learnings strewn across the pages. Worth a breezy read.
Absolutely fantastic book. I'm so glad I,m reading this book in my twenties
Aug 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a long book. Ferriss decides that the way to efficiently ask a large number of people for advice -- ones that he respects and would consider worthy of being called a mentor -- is to come up with a short set of common questions and ask them through email and hope for responses. He gets a number of responses answering some of the questions, which he shares in this volume, and a few gracious declines that he also shares.

You learn a few things here. One is that Ferriss’ idea of a good mento
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
A lot of interesting quotes and info from people famous in their respective fields. The diversity in the answers was fascinating.
Great inputs esp to budding entrepreneurs.

Most common advice when you are feeling overwhelmed or unfocused - Meditation, Going on a walk, Exercise, Try to get to the root of the feeling and then tackle it when you feel ready.

If I am able to make use of some of these inputs, I'll come back and update.
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a unique read.

This isn't your typical book of life advice from successful people. Tim Ferris has compiled a unique, multi-faceted volume of questions and answers that are vague enough to relate to all interviewees, but specific enough to always illicit interesting answers. I thought the questions he chose were fascinating in their insight—on first glance, some of them seem surface level, but when you really start to think about them, contain an incredible amount of layers.

I was especially
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this book in fits and starts, and I got a lot out of it. The 11 questions Ferriss asks are brilliant. They can give a huge amount of insight into a person. Of course, some interviews were better than others, but the takeaways I got were that by and large, successful people
1. Meditate. This is a recurring theme, so much so that I am convinced to try the practice again.
2. Focus on what they are grateful for
3. Read a lot and write things down
4. Have some sort of physical activity they do reg
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A meta-reading experience. The more I read, the more books and food for thought I come up with to add to my ideas list.

I've been slacking lately on Tim's podcast so before I even opened the book, I made a little experiment. I forced myself to come up with a list of five questions I would ask if I reached such a collection of "mentors". I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered that Tim had included 4 out of 5 of those questions! YES! That's what I call a WIN. It is quite disappointing though
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Since this is a Tim Ferriss book, I’ll give my review based on his Five Bullet Friday blog! (Posted this on a Sunday though)

Five bullets for Tim’s newest book:
1. Short and sweet- interviews were packed with ready to implement tactics for self improvement
2. Questions are specifically geared towards how each individual finds their own self purpose in terms of adding value to the world (Ferriss has a general question list but does deviate depending on the guest)
3. Feels like Tools of Titans 2.0 e
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
While I doubt anyone would deny that this book contains lots valuable tips, its set-up is extremely lazy. It's a collection of quotes, email exchanges and repetitions of the same questions over and over again (some of which aren't very interesting). Unlike Tools of Titans, I didn't enjoy reading this book.

I generally like Tim's podcast and books but I feel like ToM is kind of missing the point and mainly a means of making some quick money.
Mar 17, 2018 rated it liked it
It's not everyday day that you get to read fortune cookie style wisdom from the likes of Sam Harris, Yuval Noah Harari, David Lynch, Neil Gaiman and many other interesting people. While a bit repetitive because of the structure, it makes for an interesting and easy read that will get you to add a ton of new books on your ever-expanding Goodreads "Want to read" list.
Sean Liu
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise, instead, seek what they sought.” –MATSUO BASHŌ

Changed this from 4 to 5 stars because there's just so much good stuff in here. It's easy to gloss over it because the advice is almost too accessible (I'm used to working hard to extract the golden nuggets), but after going through my notes, it really is packed with some of the best advice I've come across. I love that each chapter is only a few pages so you can flip through and choose the profi
Neelam Babul
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read a lot of good reviews about this book and decided to read it. I had heard a few of the author's podcasts as well and was greatly impressed. In the book, Tim Ferriss asks a set of eleven (11) questions to some of the top performers in the world. This book is a collection of answers from 131 such people.

It is inspiring, motivating and enjoyable reading books like this because you start to see patterns among great performers which if adopted by us can lead to the accomplishment of great fea
John Majors
May 06, 2018 rated it liked it
A great book for nibbling on with a Kindle because each chapter stands on its own. it's also interesting to see some of the patterns emerge across the diversity of high performers. I enjoyed "Tools of Titans" much more than this one though. I'd read that one first.
Sep 08, 2017 marked it as to-read
Recommended by Time Ferris in 5-Bullet Friday email, 09/08/2017
Jeremey Duvall
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Some of the interviews left a bit to be desired, but others (Dr. Peter Attia, Whitney Cummings, and Tim O’Reilly to name a few) are well worth the price of admission. I ended up with dozens of highlights and new books to read.
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
super inspiring and encouraging. I came out the other side a better dude!
Dec 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I am a fairly big fan of Tim's. He pushes the limits and as such I don't always like his products.

I think the idea behind this book is a good one. Tim has a bunch of good questions he asks brilliant people.

The problem I had with this book is one of organization (it's in a Q & A format). I didn't find most of the people or questions to be interesting enough to read(I did like the best $100 or less purchase but Tim emailed that one's answers already). I think if Tim summarized the results bas
May 12, 2018 rated it liked it
On paper, I should have really enjoyed this book, containing over 600 pages of advice and inspiration from over 100 leaders, athletes, celebrities, etc. I can think of no other volume that contains such a depth and breadth of individual advice. But that said, it reads like a depth and breadth of individual advice. There are obvious hits and misses and the volume feels cobbled together as a string of email responses rather than having an edited narrative. I can't really put this on my list of rec ...more
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Awesome isn't the best word for this book but it's the best descriptor I have for now. I read this book like a lexicon so I took my time (and so should you if you want to digest it well). The advices on some levels were the same and others were so opposite to one another. But that actually is the beauty of this book... It gives you an avenue to imagine you have chatted with these accomplished lot of people... Listened to their counselling but at the end of the day I believe it is meant for you t ...more
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Tim Ferriss is author of three #1 NYT/WSJ bestsellers: The 4-Hour Workweek, The 4-Hour Body, and The 4-Hour Chef. He is also a start-up advisor specializing in positioning, PR, and marketing (Uber, Evernote, etc.). When not damaging his body with abusive sports, he enjoys chocolate, bear claws, and Japanese animation.
“Never let a good crisis go to waste. It’s the universe challenging you to learn something new and rise to the next level of your potential.” 11 likes
“What advice would you give to a smart, driven college student about to enter the “real world”? What advice should they ignore? I’m probably hopelessly out of date but my advice is get real-world experience: Be a cowboy. Drive a truck. Join the Marine Corps. Get out of the hypercompetitive “life hack” frame of mind. I’m 74. Believe me, you’ve got all the time in the world. You’ve got ten lifetimes ahead of you. Don’t worry about your friends “beating” you or “getting somewhere” ahead of you. Get out into the real dirt world and start failing. Why do I say that? Because the goal is to connect with your own self, your own soul. Adversity. Everybody spends their life trying to avoid it. Me too. But the best things that ever happened to me came during the times when the shit hit the fan and I had nothing and nobody to help me. Who are you really? What do you really want? Get out there and fail and find out.” 8 likes
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