Tribe of Mentors, Short Life Advice from the Best in the World, is often listed among the best business books of 2017.
Developed from Tim Ferriss’s interviews with 130 successful people from around the world, Tribe of Mentors is the kind of book you can open to any page and find insight and inspiration. I’m about half-way into the book. Here are my favorite moments:
Life punishes the vague wish and rewards the specific task.
“If you want confusion and heartache, ask vague questions. If you want uncommon clarity and results, ask uncommonly clear questions.”
– Timothy Ferriss (Author of The 4-Hour Workweek; publisher of The Tim Ferriss Show podcast, with more than 200 million downloads)
Happiness is a choice you make and a skill you develop.
“The mind is just as malleable as the body. We spend so much time and effort trying to change the external world, other people, and our own bodies, all the while accepting ourselves the way we were programmed in our youths. But all of it is malleable, every day is new, and memory and identity are burdens of the past that prevent us from living freely in the present.”
– Naval Ravikant (CEO and co-founder of AngelList)
Happiness is about understanding that the gift of life should be honored every day by offering your gifts to the world.
“Don’t let the thoughts of self-doubt and chattering self-criticism in your own mind slow you down. You will likely be your own worst critic. Be kind to yourself in your own mind. Let your mind show you the same kindness that you aspire to show others.”
– Mike Mapels, Jr. (Partner at venture capital firm Floodgate)
You can be a juicy ripe peach and there’ll still be someone who doesn’t like peaches.
“This is a quote that my friend’s great-grandmother told to her, and she told it to me, and I’ve always loved it. I’ve strived to let insults fall off me like water off a swan’s back. Personally, I find that the most things that are universally accepted are mediocre and boring.”
– Dita Von Teese (Burlesque Star)
The fact is that when two extreme opinions meet, the truth lies generally somewhere in the middle.
“Without exposure to the other side, you will naturally drift toward extremes and away from the truth of the matter. Don’t be afraid of being wrong. Because being wrong is just an opportunity to find more of the truth.”
– Anna Duke (Championship Poker Player)
It’s the quality of your relationships that will determine the quality of your life.
“Invest in your connections, even those that seem inconsequential.”
– Esther Perel (Therapist and best-selling author)
Losing makes you think in ways victories can’t.
“In my profession, losses are often seen as failures. Not being the person who wins the last point, walking off the court first. All those visible things. But internally, losing sets you up for winning. You begin asking questions instead of feeling like you have all the answers. Questions open up the doors to so many possibilities.”
– Maria Sharapova (Tennis Professional)
Macro patience, micro speed.
“Everybody’s impatient at a macro, and just so patient at a micro, wasting your days worrying about years. I’m not worried about my years, because I’m squeezing the fuck out of my seconds.”
– Gary Vaynerchuk (Venture Capitalist, 4-time New York Times best-selling author)