Tribe of Mentors- Tim Ferriss (11 questions)

  1. I am going to answer these 11 question before I read the book and will see if my answers will change after I finish it.What is the book or books you’ve given the most as a gift, and why? Or what are one to three books that have greatly influenced your life?How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie, It is a book that can apply to anyone and everyone. Basically how to interact with humans.Money Master the game by Tony Robbins
    A lot of actionable tips and advice. That is very practical.

    Think and Grow Rich. It’s a classic and its fun and easy read. There are a lot of useful content that can help you achieve your goals.

    The 3 books that I really enjoyed that changed a lot of my mindset were 1. Shoe Dog by Phil Knight. It really made me understand that we are all the same even billionaires have the same sort of thoughts and insecurities we do. The importance and power of storytelling.

    2. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow: Yuval Noah Harari. It really does a great job of incorporating everything from philosophy, spirituality, psychology, the data religion and talks about the future.

    3. The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles. It really made me think about work ethic and understanding markets and the need for thinking about the consumers and how to support whatever the trend was at the moment.

    2. What purchase of $100 or less has most positively impacted your life in the last six months( or in recent memory)? My readers love specifics like brand and model, where you found it, etc.

    For me, I would say books have the best ROI. There are so many takeaways from reading biographies of the greats like Benjamin Franklin and Alex Hamilton. It really does put things in perspective about how young of a country we really are in the grand scheme of things and the importance of reading and the growth mindset/student mentality to becomes successful.

    3. How has a failure or apparent failure, set you up for later success? Do you have a “favorite failure” of yours?

    I would say my favorite failure was my asthma. Growing from being super unathletic to being really into fitness and health. It’s helped me push outside my comfort zone to work on my goals to build a strong foundation and have more muscle memory for things that would be challenging to others because of repetition and grit.

    4. If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it- metaphorically speaking, getting a message out to millions or billions- what would it say and why? It could a few words or a paragraph.

    If I can communicate with the world. I would say Be present, Be true to yourself. Take on a mindfulness practice. Forgiveness is the way to go and have you made a difference today? Being of service will bring you more happiness than focusing on one’s ego.

    5. What is one of the best or most worthwhile investments you’ve ever made?

    The accomplishment coaching program has been extremely valuable to me. Being able to have more self-awareness and being able to coach others is such a valuable skill set that translates to all areas of life. I am so grateful for the opportunity to impact millions of lives potentially.

    6. What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing that you love?

    I still love calling people up on the phone. In today’s world, everyone would rather text message even if it’s a short message. I feel as if though we are losing our personal touch when we mass send times without personalization. It’s making us more distant ironically even though we are technically connected to more people than ever.

    7. In the last five years, what new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?

    Reflection, journaling, and meditation are related. A practice that you are getting elevation and thinking about your goals and how you are feeling to see if you disrupt the pattern.

    8. What advice would you give to a smart, driven college student about to enter the “real world”? What advice should they ignore?

    I would say having mentors that have done what you are looking to do will help you take a faster route to your goals. Networking is important for anyone that is in business.

    I would say they should ignore the going straight into grad school is what you should do. I think getting some experience first will help you with more practical real-world knowledge to bring to your case studies if you are thinking about getting an MBA or masters. You would be able to relate and contribute more to your classmates.

    9. What are bad recommendations you hear in the profession or area of expertise?

    Bad sales advice is to smile and dial. Working smarter is better than working harder if I could pick one. Being efficient is better than working hard but not being mindful of what you are doing.

    10. In the last five years, what have you become better at saying no to? What new realizations and/or approaches helped? Any other tips?

    Being able to say no to things that do not fit into your vision. It’s perfectly fine to say No. Just saying no more often makes it easier to say it the next time.

    11. When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, or have you lost your focus temporarily what do you do?
    What questions do you ask yourself?

    Journaling, reflection, taking a walk or being out in nature. Hiking helps a lot.

    Do you have to be right all of the time? What does that give you? Why do you care so much? Is this serving you to be mad or angry?

What are yours? I would love to say what you guys have to say about these same questions.

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