Review: Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World by Timothy Ferriss

Tribe of Mentors is a collection of answers to some specific life questions that are designed to help people find clarity as well as make better decisions in their personal lives or in business.

People who love the self-help genre are bound to take to this as a duck to water. Those who are not into the genre might be put-off (or quite pleased) with the diversity or contradictory nature of opinions in this book.

I love this book because of the differences of view and opinions in it. The things that some will tell you not to do is what works for others and vice versa. Quite illuminating when you think about it - the fact that nothing is guaranteed and that there is no one road to self-actualisation.

"As a competitive chess player, failure is part and parcel of growth. My most important failure came at a tournament in Bermuda where I needed to win a crucial game in order to finally get the title of International Grandmaster, the highest and most prestigious title a player can attain. I was playing Grandmaster Michael Bezold from Germany, and in a crucial position, I had a choice between taking one of his important pieces or taking a mere pawn. It turned out that taking his pawn would have kept all my advantages intact while greedily taking his rook caused my attack to dry up in an instant. After I lost the game, Alexander Shabalov, a Grandmaster who won the U.S. title four times, reassuringly pointed out my mistake and then said words I will never forget: 'In order to become a Grandmaster, you must already be one.' I understood right there that I had to get back to work on perfecting myself before I could actually go about winning games. That idea kept my eyes focused on the process over the result ever since." - Maurice Ashley (first African-American International Grandmaster in the annals of the game of chess)

Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World by Timothy Ferriss is available to buy from on all major online bookstores.

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