Tribe of Mentors

The UYP Book Review – Tribe of Mentors

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Ladies and Gents welcome to the second edition of The UYP Book Review! This review will focus on Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferriss. (In sections where Tim’s books are named multiple times I have used acronyms to make things easier).

Initial Thoughts


Before we get into the meat of the review, let me share with you some of my thoughts about Tim Ferriss’ work. We are huge fans of Tim Ferriss here at UYP. It’s not a dramatization to say that without stumbling upon Tim’s podcast, there would be no UYP. Tim’s focus on lifestyle design and lifestyle businesses inspired us to follow our passion and create the company you see today. Cheers for that Tim.

Having listened to Tim’s podcast I progressed to reading his first book, The Four Hour Workweek. Needless to say, I loved it. Fast forward to today and I still listen to the podcast and read his new releases (if I didn’t this review wouldn’t be happening!). Roughly this time last year, Tim released his first book in some time – Tools of Titans (TOT). TOT was essentially a highlight reel of the podcast with a good amount of never before seen material and as an avid listener, this was right up my street. When I saw that Tim was releasing Tribe of Mentors (TOM) this year, my first reaction was one of suspicion. I distinctly remember saying to a friend “Jesus Tim is milking it a bit now, isn’t he?”.

In hindsight, this reaction wasn’t warranted. However, from the outside, TOT and TOM look very similar. Both books focus on interviews with highly effective and successful people. Both books are designed for you to pick your favorite bits and return to them whenever you see fit. Although there is some crossover in terms of who appears in both TOT and TOM, that’s where the similarities end. If you have read TOT and are unsure, read on to get my thoughts on TOM. If you have never read a Tim Ferriss book or listened to his podcast, read on anyway, you might just stumble upon something you like.

Book Info

Author: Tim Ferriss

Genre: Business & Economics

Release Date: November 21st, 2017

Page Count: 624

ISBN 10: 1328994961

ISBN 13: 978-1328994967

“The most fulfilled and effective people I know… look at life’s journey as perhaps 25 percent finding themselves and 75 percent creating themselves.” – Tim Ferriss

“The most fulfilled and effective people I know… look at life’s journey as perhaps 25 percent finding themselves and 75 percent creating themselves.” – Tim Ferriss

Firstly, a little disclaimer. I have not finished this book. At over 600 pages it’s not a quick read, however, I feel I have read enough of the book to give my honest opinion of it. Due to the format of this book, you will know early on whether or not it’s for you. Tim sent 11 questions to people he would like to hear from, ranging from Tony Hawk to Jimmy Fallon and Ben Stiller to Ray Dalio. Some responded some didn’t (I’m still waiting to see if the Dalai Lama makes an appearance). This is one of the factors that differentiates Tribe of Mentors from Tools of Titans. TOT was basically the best bits from the podcast. TOM focuses on the same 11 questions, ensuring patterns among the world’s top performers are easily recognizable.

Each person Tim emailed was asked to answer their favorite three to five questions, there was no obligation to complete the entire 11. This adds a certain freshness to the book, each chapter has a different combination of questions from the last. The number of questions in each profile also varies, some people answered two questions while others answered eight. If each chapter had the same questions I think the book would get tedious pretty quickly, as it is it has a good balance between familiarity and fresnhess.

Central Questions


Unlike our previous review, there are no central themes running throughout this book, there are questions. By asking the same set of questions to each interviewee, we are able to recognize certain patterns. These patterns could be the same books recommended by multiple guests, purchases under $100 worth mentioning or even similar approaches to problems in life. I’ll share the 11 questions with you below as I’m sure Tim and his publishers won’t mind. The joy of this book is in the answers. (Some of the questions have been shortened)

  1. What is the book (or books) you’ve given most as a gift, and why? Or what are one to three books that have greatly influenced your life?
  2. What purchase of $100 or less has most positively impacted your life in the last six months (or in recent memory)?
  3. How has a failure, or apparent failure, set you up for later success? Do you have a “favorite failure” of yours?
  4. If you could have one gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it…what would it say and why?
  5. What is one if the best or most worthwhile investments you’ve ever made?
  6. What is an unusual habit or absurd thing that you love?
  7. In the last five years, what new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?
  8. What advice would you give to a smart, driven college student about to enter the “real world”? What should they ignore?
  9. What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?
  10. In the last five years, what have you become better at saying no to? What new realizations and/or approaches helped?
  11. When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused or have lost your focus temporarily, what do you do?

If you are familiar with the podcast you will recognize some of the questions above. Most of the questions above are designed to provide tactical answers that can be implemented in your own life. Some (questions four and six) are a bit more esoteric, but still, provide the reader with a valuable insight into the mind of a high-level performer. If you are interested in self-improvement or self-development there is no doubt that you will find some highly useful information in this book.

Tribe of Mentors – Parting Thoughts


Although I have not read this book from start to finish, I have read enough to know that I will definitely finish this book. Due to the formatting and style of the book, it’s incredibly easy to read. This isn’t a book that requires a block of your time, you can dip in for 10 minutes to read a couple of profiles and put the book back down. I’m not someone who highlights parts of books, usually, I like to keep them clean. However, in the first 200 pages of this book, I have highlighted seven sections or phrases that struck a chord with me. Different people will get different things from this book, and I have no doubt that I will pick up different things on my second and third reading of it. Tribe of Mentors isn’t a book you read once and forget about, it’s a book that will impact you in many different ways and will have you coming back to read a particular profile or phrase numerous times.

If Tribe of Mentors sounds like a book you may enjoy, this link will get you there. I hope you enjoyed this review or at least found it useful.

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