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Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World

by Timothy Ferriss


Tim Ferriss interviewed more than 300 famous people from all kinds of industries. He asked them a set of questions about their life and their way of living and facing problems. His book Tribe of Mentors is a collection of the best answers from his interviewees.

One question that Ferriss asked is very actionable: “In the last five years, what new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?” Answers to this one question gave us plenty ideas on how to improve your life the most.

About the Author

Timothy Ferriss is an American author, entrepreneur, and public speaker. He has written a number of self-help books on the "4-hour" theme, some of which have appeared on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller lists, starting with The 4-Hour Workweek. Ferriss is also an angel investor and an advisor to Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Evernote, and Uber, among other companies.

Great ideas from this book


1. Do really hard physical exercises with friends.


2. Improve your courage, not your confidence.


3. Choose and develop your happiness.

Learning Speed

4. Consider listening to books before you fall asleep.


5. Define clearly when you work and when you relax.


6. Try Transcendental Meditation.


7. Exercise with friends.


8. Try vinyasa yoga.

Decision-Making Skills

9. When something goes wrong, use this thought process.


10. Practice gratitude.

Interpersonal Skills

11. Connect with others to change the world and have fun.


12. Do a series of stretches just after waking up.

13. Learn to enjoy the process.


14. Practice Zen Buddhism

15. Start to believe that we are all mini gods.

Interpersonal Skills

16. Ask the right questions.


17. Make your life great one day at the time.

Interpersonal Skills

18. Use Imago Dialogue to solve conflicts in your relationship.

Understanding Others

19. Take the Enneagram test to better understand who you are.


20. Do daily journaling.


21. Engage in your “fear practice” for two minutes each day.