Tribe of Mentors

Short Life Advice from the Best in the World

Tim Ferriss

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017, 598 pages

ISBN: 978-1-328-99496-7

Keywords: Personal Development

Last modified: Nov. 7, 2022, 2:33 p.m.

We all need mentors. Here are more than 100 of the world's best.

When facing life's questions, who do you turn to for advice? We all need mentors, particularly when the odds seem stacked against us. To find his own, four-time #1 best-selling author Tim Ferriss tracked down more than 100 eclectic experts to help him, and yoy, navigate life. Through short, action-packed profiles, he shares their secrets for success, happiness, meaning, and more. No matter the challenge or opportunity, something in these pages can help.

You will learn:

    • The three books legendary investor Ray Dalio recommends most often
    • Lessons and tips from elite athletes like Maria Sharapova, Kelly Slater, Dara Torres, Tony Hawk, Dan Gable, and more
    • How and why Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz says no to most incoming requests
    • The mental models of poker phenoms Daniel Negreanu, Annie Duke, Fedor Holz, and Liv Boeree
    • The meditation and mindfulness practices of David Lynch, Jimmy Fallon, Sharon Salzberg, Rick Rubin, Richa Chadha, Sarah Elizabeth Lewis, and others
    • The high school loss that motivated actor Terry Crews for life… and how you can use the lesson
    • Why TED curator Chris Anderson thinks "pursue your passion" is terrible advice
    • Why renowned designer Debbie Millman believes in therapy but not in work-life balance
    • How Yuval Noah Harari's Sapiens went from repeated rejections to global mega-bestseller
    • The new beliefs, behaviors, and habits that have helped cryptocurrency icons (founders of Ethereum, Zcash, etc.) in the last five years
    • Why Arianna Huffington recommends that you regularly scramble apps on your phone
    • The "bar complex" exercise that keeps country star Tim McGraw young
    • Why best-selling author Steven Pressfield believes college students should drive trucks and become cowboys
    • Why comedian Patton Oswalt wishes at least one catastrophic failure on anyone in the arts
    • Astrophysicist Janna Levin's unique reframe that helps her see obstacles as opportunities
    • Why actor Ben Stiller likes to dun his head in a bucket of ice in the morning
    • Why Dropbox co-founder Drew Houston's cheat sheet for his younger self would include a tennis ball, a circle, and the number 30,000

Other mentors include Neil Gaiman, Ashton Kutcher, Dita Von Teese, Marc Benioff, Evan Williams, Brandon Stanton, Esther Perel, Darren Aronofsky, Steve Aoki, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Stephanie McMahon, Craig Mewmark, Gretchen Rubin, Bear Grylls, Laura Walker, Mr. Money Mustache (Pete Adeney), Linda Rottenberg, Jesse Williams, and many more.

  • Samin Nosrat
  • Steven Pressfield
  • Susan Cain
  • Kyle Maynard
  • Terry Crews
  • Debbie Millman
  • Naval Ravikant
  • Matt Ridley
  • Bozoma Saint John
  • Tim Urban
  • Janna Levin
  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Graham Duncan
  • Mike Maples Jr.
  • Soman Chainani
  • Dita Von Teese
  • Jesse Williams
  • Dustin Moskowitz
  • Richa Chadha
  • Max Levchin
  • Neil Strauss
  • Veronica Belmont
  • Patton Oswalt
  • Lewis Cantley
  • Jerzy Gregorek
  • Amelia Boone
  • Joel McHale
  • Ben Stiller
  • Anna Holmes
  • Andrew Ross Sorkin
  • Joseph Gordin-Levitt
  • How to Say No: Wendy MacNaughton
  • Vitalik Buterin
  • Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
  • Julia Galef
  • Turia Pitt
  • Annie Duke
  • Jimmy Fallon
  • Esther Perel
  • Maria Sharapova
  • Adam Robinson
  • Josh Waitzkin
  • Anna Miura-Ko
  • Jason Fried
  • Arianna Huffington
  • Gary Vaynerchuk
  • Tim O'Reilly
  • Tom Peters
  • Bear Grylls
  • Brené Brown
  • Leo Babauta
  • Mike D
  • Esther Dyson
  • Kevin Kelly
  • Ashton Kutcher
  • Brandon Stanton
  • Jérôme Jarre
  • Fedor Holz
  • Eric Ripert
  • Sharon Salzberg
  • Franklin Leonard
  • Peter Guber
  • Greg Norman
  • Daniel Ek
  • Strauss Zelnick
  • Steve Jurvetson
  • Tony Hawk
  • Liv Boeree
  • Anníe Mist Þórisdóttir
  • Mark Bell
  • Ed Coan
  • Ray Dalio
  • Jacqueline Novogratz
  • Brian Koppelman
  • Stewart Brand
  • Sarah Elizabeth Lewis
  • Gabor Maté
  • Steve Case
  • Linda Rottenberg
  • Tommy Vietor
  • Larry King
  • Muna AbuSulayman
  • Sam Harris
  • Maurice Ashley
  • How to Say No: Danny Meyer
  • John Arnold
  • Mr. Money Mustache
  • David Lynch
  • Nick Szabo
  • Jon Call
  • Dara Torres
  • Dan Gable
  • Caroline Paul
  • Darren Aronofsky
  • Evan Williams
  • Bram Cohen
  • Chris Anderson
  • Neil Gaiman
  • Michael Gervais
  • Temple Grandin
  • Kelly Slater
  • Katrin Tanja Davíðsdóttir
  • Mathew Fraser
  • Adam Fisher
  • Aisha Tyler
  • Laura R. Walker
  • Terry Laughlin
  • Marc Benioff
  • Marie Forleo
  • Drew Houston
  • Scott Belsky
  • Tim McGraw
  • Muneeb Ali
  • How to Say No: Neal Stephenson
  • Craig Newmark
  • Steven Pinker
  • Gretchen Rubin
  • Whitney Cummings
  • Rick Rubin
  • Ryan Shea
  • Ben Silbermann
  • Vlad Zamfir
  • Zooko Wilcox
  • Stephanie McMahon
  • Peter Attia
  • Steve Aoki
  • Jim Loehr
  • Daniel Negreanu
  • Jocko Willink
  • Robert Rodriguez
  • Kristen Ulmer
  • Yuval Noah Harari
  • Some Closing Thoughts
  • Recommended Resources
  • The Top 25 Episodes of The Tim Ferriss Show
  • Extended Conversations
  • Mentor Index
  • Question Index
  • Create-Your-Own Index


Tribe of Mentors

Reviewed by Roland Buresund

OK ***** (5 out of 10)

Last modified: Nov. 15, 2022, 12:02 a.m.

Interesting take on advice, with a wide array of short interview statements, that are more reflective on the author than a great selection.

But I am sure there are people that will enjoy this, so I consider it OK, even if it is not for me.


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