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Tribe of Mentors

Short Life Advice from the Best in the World
Written by: Tim Ferriss
Length: 18 hrs and 43 mins
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Tim Ferriss, the number-one 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, achieve extraordinary results, and transform your life. 

From the author: 

In 2017, several of my close friends died in rapid succession. It was a very hard year, as it was for many people. 

It was also a stark reminder that time is our scarcest, non-renewable resource. 

With a renewed sense of urgency, I began asking myself many questions: 

  • 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 trivial many to better say “yes” to the critical few? 
  • How could I best reassess my priorities and my purpose in this world? 

To find answers, I reached out to the most impressive world-class performers in the world, ranging from wunderkinds in their 20s to icons in their 70s and 80s. No stone was left unturned. 

This book contains their answers - practical and tactical advice from mentors who have found solutions. Whether you want to 10x your results, get unstuck, or reinvent yourself, someone else has traveled a similar path and taken notes. 

This book, Tribe of Mentors, includes many of the people I grew up viewing as idols or demi-gods. Less than 10% have been on my podcast (The Tim Ferriss Show, more than 200 million downloads), making this a brand-new playbook of playbooks. 

No matter your challenge or opportunity, something in this audiobook can help. 

Among other things, you will learn: 

  • More than 50 morning routines - both for the early riser and those who struggle to get out of bed. 
  • How TED curator Chris Anderson realized that the best way to get things done is to let go. 
  • The best purchases of $100 or less (you'll never have to think about the right gift again). 
  • How to overcome failure and bounce back towards success. 
  • Why Humans of New York creator Brandon Stanton believes that the best art will always be the riskiest. 
  • How to meditate and be more mindful (and not just for those that find it easy). 
  • Why tennis champion Maria Sharapova believe that “losing makes you think in ways victories can’t.” 
  • How to truly achieve work-life balance (and why most people tell you it isn’t realistic). 
  • How billionaire Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz transformed the way he engages with difficult situations to reduce suffering. 
  • Ways to thrive (and survive) the overwhelming amount of information you process every day. 
  • How to achieve clarity on your purpose and assess your priorities. 
  • And much more. 

This reference book, which I wrote for myself, has already changed my life. I certainly hope the same for you. 

I wish you luck as you forge your own path. 

All the best,
Tim Ferriss   

Cover design by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2017 Timothy Ferriss (P)2019 Tim Ferriss

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Very insightful.. with elements of cliché

Learned a lot. About 12 well worth listening to. Way too many anti-sugar/silicone valley hipster "hackers" in there. Gretchen Rubin is a constant disappointment to be honest.

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a cash grab

this was really disappointing. I found many of the answers the same for different people, which makes me think ferris looked for like minded people to reach out to. maybe I've read too many books but there wasnt anything of value in this book.

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  • M. Arthur Cré
  • 2020-06-13

Maybe not a good format for an audio-book version

There are a lot of redundancies (repeating the same questions to each person) that become annoying fast on audio, while you will easily look over it on text. Also the Q&A dialogue style is more confusing on audio, especially when it's the same men reading and answering the questions (He did a good voice acting though). I tend to listen to audio-book for at least 30 minutes to hours straight, and with this book of dense advice delivered fast it gets overwhelming. So I think I will enjoy it more on paper, to pick up a chapter or two on the fly.

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  • A. Mark
  • 2020-06-26

Tools For Titans 2?

After just listening to Tools For Titans (which was great) I didn’t really understand the need for this book which really seemed to repeat a lot of the same info. I guess if you are a diehard Tim fan it’s worth picking up, but if you are rationing your credits i suggest just getting Tools For Titans.

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  • John
  • 2020-07-31

a little repetitive and formulaic.

Struggled to finish. To me it came off as smug and formulaic. "I graduated from an ivy-league college and then went to work for a hedge fund where I made a fortune but felt soul-less and unfulfilled. then I invested in an internet startup, so now I'm a Buddhist, Philanthropist life-coach." The audiobook would make a good drinking game. Don't get me wrong, there were a few good pearls of wisdom- but toward the end I started trying to figure out which formula each person would follow when each new chapter started.

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  • Meghan
  • 2020-07-22

Interesting Book, Could Use Less Poker Players & Athletes

I found this book to be very interesting. It posed a lot of good questions that have caused me to consider how I’d answer. It might be better to read than listen to. Since each section is narrated by one of two people, it’s easy to forget you’re listening to a new person or who you’re listening to responses from. I could’ve also done with fewer interviews with poker players, cross fit/strength athletes.

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  • Zach Hodgson
  • 2020-07-27

Wow

I don't usually write reviews. One of the worst books I've read on awhile. Adds absolutely no value. Same boring questions to every guest. Tim literally just sent an email template to every guest and published their responses. Was hoping for wisdom from great mentors and instead it's a cash grab.

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  • Brian Sachetta
  • 2020-09-04

Basically a worse version of “Tools of Titans”

I listened to “Tools of Titans” a few months ago and thought it was kind of whatever. It just felt somewhat lazy, too long, and not edited or organized well enough. Well, funny enough, I find myself here again, after reading yet another of Ferriss’ books, thinking the same exact thing. In print, this atlas is 624 pages, and there’s really no good reason for it to be that long. To write this one, Ferriss essentially sent out an email to about 100 of his famous colleagues and got them to fill out a questionnaire about success, growth, and all that good stuff. He then took the responses, compiled them into a book, and hit publish. I mean I guess that process is not all that surprising for the author of “The Four Hour Workweek.” I don’t say that disparagingly, just matter-of-factly. After all, in that one, he did tell us to outsource pretty much everything we do and focus on the few tasks in our businesses that we really love. In essence, this book is the epitome of that logic; Ferriss had his email friends write the book for him. At least in my eyes, this comes off as lazy and lends itself to a lack of cohesiveness. As the author, I think you have a duty to organize things properly and present your own special creation to the reader. Just like I wouldn’t cook a complex, deconstructed meal for someone and ask them to rebuild it themselves, I also wouldn’t throw everything I can think of into a manuscript and ask the reader to wade through it all. I’m the chef, after all, and the guest wants me to cook them a great dish — not have them do all the work or figure out what my intentions with the meal were. The same goes here — “Tribe” suffers from a lack of direction from its author. It’s literally just a bunch of emails chained together. It’s missing Tim’s awesome voice and wisdom. Okay, so that’s enough for the negativity. After all, it’s not all bad here. On the good side, there are so many guests that each reader is bound to find some folks they really admire. Moreover, there’s so much wisdom that there’s also bound to be some that resonates with each reader. I found that to be the case for myself as well, it just takes a lot of digging to find that personalized wisdom. So, in closing, I’ll say this: this book is a good coffee table read. It’s one that you can pick up, jump to a specific guest’s chapter, read it, enjoy it, and walk away. It’s not a cohesive book or creative endeavor, however — it’s just the printed version of an email inbox. In a lot of ways, it’s really “Tools of Titans” 2.0, albeit probably worse. It will leave you with way too many other book recommendations to check out despite the 600+ pages of wisdom that you just sorted through. That sheer information overload is one of the main reasons I suggest you check out Ferriss’ other works instead, namely “The Four Hour Workweek.” In my mind, that one is much more well-written and edited. It’s a borderline masterpiece, and it’s exactly why I keep giving Ferriss’ subsequent books a try despite not loving very many of them in the end. -Brian Sachetta Author of “Get Out of Your Head”

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  • Jacob Fales
  • 2020-09-01

Fantastic book and a solid read.

The only thing I didn't like about the book was that there weren't more interviews. I feel like there's so many people with so much good advice.

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  • YOUNG ASAP LORD
  • 2020-08-19

Awesome

Ferriss thank you for this awesome insight. Thank you. Full of inspiration. Ferriss is with double s.

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  • Hayley C.
  • 2020-08-18

Tim Ferriss does it again!!!

Another absolute gem by Timothy Ferriss. Highlights and more from Tim Tim Talk Talk with some really special guests.

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  • Iregretbuyingthis
  • 2020-08-18

Lived up to the hype!

A lot of knowledge, distilled down. An amazing job that only someone like Tim could do, with his peculiar questions and writing style. Bravo!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-08-24

amazing book

Just an amazing book I would recommend to anyone who's just starting an entrepreneurial experience. Many references, many tips and know-hows, love it!