Summary of Main Ideas
If you’ve been around for any length of time, you know that I’m a big proponent of mentors. I think mentors have the ability to completely change the world.
One of my virtual mentors (though he may not know it) is Tim Ferriss. Tim is a podcaster, blogger, and all around pioneer. His books are some of the best selling on the planet, his podcast is consistently ranked in the top 5, and he is a lifelong learner.
His latest book, “Tribe of Mentors” finds him sitting down with his own personal heroes and mentors, and asking them each 11 questions to find out more about what makes them tick, why they do what they do, and how they go to be where they are today.
It got me thinking, how would I answer Tim’s 11 questions?
These aren’t all 11 questions. You’ll have to go get the book to get the rest of them, but here’s how I would answer 5 of Tim’s questions.
What is a purchase of less than $100 that has most improved your life?
A few years back I purchased a tripod with an iPhone adapter. As odd as it sounds, I don’t think 2Words would exist without that purchase.
It allowed me to be able to record talks and speeches that I give, essentially giving me a camera crew without having a camera crew.
What do you do when you feel unfocused or overwhelmed?
We all deal with stress. We all lose focus and get overwhelmed. The question is not “how do I avoid stress?” The question is “how do I deal with it?”
I decided long ago to put boundaries on my stress (https://apple.co/2JoCKaO).
I told my stress, “This is where are allowed to function. You can be present in my car, or in my office. But when I get up on a stage, you have no control. When I am at home playing with my kids, you are powerless.”
What is your favorite failure?
A few years back, I lost my job.
The summer that followed was one where I donated plasma twice a week. I mowed lawns. I sold boats at a boat show. I did whatever I had to do to keep my family taken care of.
I had a mortgage, 2 kids at the time, and was still working on my Masters degree. I decided that I was going to lean into the failure, learn from it, and let it shape me, and it made me stand back and ask myself, “Who am I if all the things I value are taken away?”
What books have you gifted to others the most?
Outside of the Tim Ferriss books, and the bible which I give pretty often, the thing I give out the most lately are podcast recommendations. I am all in on podcasts, because I don’t think there’s a better way to learn on the go (https://apple.co/2GYyYXh).
What are some unusual habits that you have?
Other than taking an ice-cold shower every morning, I have a couple of containers of essential oil that I am hooked on.
Before every speech i give, no matter where I am, I put a few dabs of Northern Lights Black Spruce oil on my wrists and my neck. It’s what go-time smells like. It’s that scent that gets me in the zone and gets me fired up.
I’d encourage you to pick up a copy of Tim’s book (link below) and sit down and answer his 11 questions for yourself.
“We spend far too much time complaining about the way things are, and forget that we have the power to change anything and everything.” – Bozoma Saint John
“We can’t control the fact that bad things are going to happen, but it’s how we react to them that really matter.” – Dustin Muskovitz
What is one of the best or most worthwhile investments you’ve ever made?
In the last five years, what new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?
If you could have a gigantic metaphorical billboard anywhere with anything on it, what would it say and why?
What advice would you give to a smart, driven college student about to enter the “real world?”
Book Tribe of Mentors
Podcast The Tim Ferriss Show