Tim Ferriss basically compiled a set of 11 well-curated questions, emailed them to top performers, and compiled the results into this book. The result is a book full of advice, recommendations, and suggestions on how to live a better life. As with Tools of Titans, my favorite part was the book suggestions. I compiled a list of all books suggested in Tribe of Mentors and have already started a reading list for 2019 based upon some of the recommendations.
I love reading these types of books where you learn from so many different people. I like seeing common themes emerge from a variety of people in a variety of fields. Some of the comment themes from the book were:
- Taking life a few minutes at a time.
- The importance of sleep.
- Learning to gracefully say no in order to pursue what’s important.
- Understanding your own personality and the main personalities you’ll encounter in others.
- Not trying to find yourself but instead creating yourself.
I also like seeing comments and advice that are so prescient and helpful. Yuval Noah Harari (author of Sapiens and Homo Deus) had an amazing section where he discussed life traditionally and life as it is now. Traditionally, you’d spend the first part of your life learning and the second part working based on that knowledge. Now, with change occurring so rapidly, that model will no longer work. Lifelong learning will not be nice to do, it will be required by everybody.
This book differed from Tools of Titans in that each interview had a similar structure due to the 11 standardized questions. Tools of Titans was more free-flowing as it was based upon podcast interviews. Tim Ferriss also interjected a lot more in Tools of Titans. He stays out of this book with just a short intro, outro, and quotes interspersed throughout the book.
Tribe of Mentors is a good book for refreshing your mind, learning from the best, and getting some great book recommendations.