| November 28, 2017

A Man's Life, Personal Development & Philosophy, Podcast

Podcast #359: Tribe of Mentors — Short Life Advice From the Best of the Best

Do you sometimes wish you had a cabinet of counselors you could go to for advice and insight on how to make life better and easier for yourself? 

Well, my guest today created his own board of mighty mentors — a metaphorical round table of some of the most successful people in the world — and asked them all the same 11 questions on how to live a more fulfilling and productive life. And he wrote a book to share all the insights he learned with others.  

His name is Tim Ferriss, and he’s an author and the host of the Tim Ferriss Podcast. In his latest book, Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice From the Best in the World, Tim shares the answers he got to the 11 questions he posed to a diverse range of successful people like Steven Pressfield, Jocko Willink, Bear Grylls, and Greg Norman, among many others. In today’s episode, Tim shares insights from the people he interviewed on how to say no without feeling guilty or looking like a jerk, the books successful people frequently gift others, and what to do when you’re feeling overwhelmed, distracted, and just generally down. 

Show Highlights

  • The impetus behind this new book, and how it’s different from Tools of Titans
  • The same 11 questions Tim asks everyone featured in Tribe of Mentors
  • How to say no, with specific tactics (and why it’s so hard)
  • Why you need to build some ignorance into your life (especially when it comes to social media)
  • Making saying no a “diet” or “policy”
  • Why it’s impossible to avoid some hurt feelings
  • What books these mentors gift most frequently (and why that’s such a great question)
  • The book(s) brought up over and over that surprised Tim
  • The odd/fringe/theoretical books that came up a few times
  • How biology and evolutionary principles can be applied to everyday life and thinking
  • The book that Tim himself gives most frequently
  • How to combat distraction and the “overwhelm”
  • The power of journaling (and why it’s valuable to do it by hand)
  • Why exercise is so important in beating distraction
  • The superstitions that Tim embraces, and why superstitions can be good for us

Resources/People/Articles Mentioned in Podcast

Tribe of Mentors is a fun book packed with actionable advice. Great book to just pick up and randomly flip through for something interesting to read. Makes for a great bathroom book too. My favorite answers were to the questions on how to say no, books people frequently gift, and what to do when you feel overwhelmed.

Connect With Tim

Tribe of Mentors website

Tim’s podcast

Tim’s website

Tim on Twitter

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Last updated: December 7, 2017

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