Ep. 90: Tim Ferriss’ Tribe of Mentors

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On this week’s episode, we sit down with the venerable Tim Ferriss, from the Tim Ferriss Show podcast and author of the new book Tribe of Mentors. He shares the “why” behind his new book—how he had questions when he turned 40 and wanted the advice of the best experts out there. We visit the archives to hear from one of the all-time great leaders and coaches, John C. Maxwell. And Josh and Shelby discuss how you can find the right mentors for your goals and aspirations.

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  • It can be hard to find mentors in today’s busy world, but these important people don’t have to be in your immediate circle. A few of Ferriss’s favorite mentors are no longer around but left a huge impact on his life, such as:
    • Benjamin Franklin
    • Richard Feynman
    • Seneca the Younger
  • Ferriss says 2017 has been a challenging year, but even in the challenges, he found hidden opportunities. Here’s the approach he took:

    • Focus on improving.
      • “There are points in the road where you can choose to improve or decline…. It’s not as though you can just coast in neutral through life. You’re either getting better or you’re getting worse.”
    • Get the success blueprint.
      • I said, ‘You know, let’s make the first year for me of this new decade [of turning 40], the year of getting better….’ Perhaps the most elegant way to do that is to go find people who are already doing it and to figure out what their recipes and blueprints are.
  • You can purchase Ferriss’s new book, Tribe of Mentors, which includes wisdom from people like Jimmy Fallon, Maria Sharapova and Ben Stiller, right here.


Favorite quote from this episode:

“Why not then, instead of reinventing the wheel, just borrow different routines and belief systems and habits and thinking frameworks from people who’ve already done all the testing?”

Tim Ferriss

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