Summary & Analysis of Tribe of Mentors by ZIP Reads
Tribe of Mentors is a 600-page tome for the person asking: “What should I do next?” Tim Ferriss collects insights from the world’s most innovative artists, scientists, athletes, and entrepreneurs to help us learn how to treat failure as a foundation to success and find meaning in our daily lives.
This ZIP Reads summary takes the essence of Ferriss’ book and distills the key takeaways into an easy-to-read format. Decide whether Ferriss’ latest book is right for you before you invest the time and money reading it!
Targeted Age Group:: all audiences
Heat/Violence Level: Heat Level 1 – G Rated Clean Read
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How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
In 2017, Tim Ferriss turned forty and his first book, The 4-Hour Workweek, turned ten. What was next? Ferriss sat down to write down his questions about the future. As he stared at the growing pile of questions, he realized it was time to turn to one more question, his favorite question: “What would this look like if it were easy?”
For starters, he realized he needed some mentors. What if he could ask his heroes—from world-class athletes to award-winning filmmakers and authors to ingenious entrepreneurs—for their answers? He dug deeper into the idea, as he writes in Tribe of Mentors, “Life punishes the vague wish, and rewards the specific ask.” So with a book deal in hand (and a promise to the book publisher to return the whole advance if it didn’t work out) he wrote personal emails to hundreds of his heroes. He asked each person to answer any three to five questions out of eleven carefully curated questions he sent them.
He was overwhelmed by the response. While some said no (and said no in ways that became their own lessons for someone who struggles with saying no), more than one hundred people said yes. In Tribe of Mentors, Tim Ferriss compiles the illuminating answers from 140 mentors on what it means to live the life you choose. Mentors range from actor Ben Stiller or filmmaker Daron Aronofsky to astrophysicist Janna Levin, and include real-life experiences with failure, loss, success, happiness, and fulfillment.
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