5:32pm, Thursday,3 October
‘Tribe of Mentors’ written by Tim Ferris, the author of the famous, 4 hour work week never fails to astonish me. Every page open that book, I fall in love again. Well, now I ain’t going to try to convince you to why this best should be in your ‘To read list’,but Timothy has something to say for himself
” To explain why I wrote this book, I really need to start with when. Two thousand seventeen was an unusual year for me. The first six months were a slow simmer, and then, within a matter of weeks, I turned 40, my first book (The 4-Hour Workweek) had its tenth anniversary, several people in my circle of friends died, and I stepped onstage to explain how I narrowly avoided committing suicide in college. * Truth be told, I never thought I’d make it to 40. My first book was rejected 27 times by publishers. The things that worked out weren’t supposed to work, so I realized on my birthday: I had no plan for after 40. “Tim Ferris
I mean look at that honesty, uff it grips me. He continues to say that he had several unasnswered question such as
” Were my goals my own, or simply what I thought I should want? How much of life had I missed from underplanning or overplanning? How could I be kinder to myself? How could I better say no to the noise to better say yes to the adventures I craved? “Tim Ferris
So one fine morning he decides to get off his bed, write down all his questions, as overwhelming as it can be, he randomly decides the following,
“What if I asked 100+ brilliant people the very questions I want to answer for myself? Or somehow got them to guide me in the right direction? Would it work? I had no idea.”Tim Ferris
He then made an extremely ambitious list of people he wished to incorporate in his book such as Dalai Lama, Neil Gaiman, Jimmy Fallon, Bear Grylls, Brene Brown.
Tim continues, ” I sent an identical set of 11 questions to some of the most successful, wildly varied, and well-known people on the planet with “Answer your favorite 3 to 5 questions . . . or more, if the spirit moves you.”
It’s one of the most beautiful things I will read, since whenever you do read it, you will be in a different headspace, so it never gets old. Some of questions mentioned in the book, I have written here
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?
My next post will be about my favorites passages in the book.