{#abookaweek2019} Tribe of Mentors

Tribe of Mentors by Timothy Ferriss {Week 1 & 2}

I started this challenge a few days late which is why this book took 2 (technically a week and a half) to finish.

About halfway through the first week of 2019, I was busy doing something at home, and I started thinking about what I want to accomplish this year, and the usual “I’d like to read more” popped into my head, yet again. But, I’ve thought that before. My next thought was “I should read a book each week.” Ambitious? Yes. But, when I think about how much time I spend watching TV or scrolling through Instagram, it started to seem less ambitious and more like something I owed to myself, spending time doing meaningful rather than mindless things. There is so much information, art, expression, and opinions out there that it seems wasteful to neglect it.

In thinking about logistics, I realized I have more time than I think. I have 2 kids and a husband, work as a teacher, and have all of the tasks that go along with running a household and generally just being alive, so I really looked at time pockets that I have throughout the day. At school, kids are given 25 minutes to read each class (x3 classes for me). That’s over an hour of reading time that I can use to model good reading habits for students and read more for me.

I started getting up a little earlier, and if there’s time before the kids wake up, I’ll read with my coffee. I also have before bed and anytime the kids are playing quietly by themselves because, no matter how much I want to spend all my free time playing with them, it’s good for them to be able to play on their own, and it will be good for them to see me reading and modeling good habits for them. Already, my son has climbed in my lap with one of his books while I’m reading mine, and I’ll switch gears and read to him (my daughter’s 10 months old, so she’s probably listening, too).

Finally, instead of having 5 books-my car book, purse book, nightstand book, bathroom book, and school book-I have one book, and I’m only focusing on that one.

Now, to the book! I’ve been in a place where I’m in need of inspiration. Things in my control have seemed out of my control, and it’s affected every area of my life. This book was an incredible collection of people who have overcome odds, triumphed in new fields, and generally blazed a path towards creating their own future.

Takeaways:

  • Lots of people meditate. Like lots. The vast majority of people in the book said they engage in some form of meditation when they feel overwhelmed or unfocused. Most also said that they do a lot of walking. Needless to say, I’ve started to incorporate more of both in my daily life and expect to be a billionaire very soon.
  • The idea that failure is not the end was a pervasive theme through almost all of the interviews. There were lots of diverse reactions to failure and some were reluctant to celebrate failure as a goal in and of itself, but nearly all of them saw failure as anything but final. Failure is a way to adjust your methods or your idea. A testing process that allows you to reframe your failures as learning experiences in pursuit of your goal.
  • Focusing on your goal even, or especially, when others don’t believe in it is crucial to success, and pushing through just one more failure can sometimes result in great things.
  • Giving was also mentioned a lot. Some had chosen to give away half of their wealth to causes they believe in or have started foundations to do the most good they can with their money.

Favorite Quote:

*I only chose one, because to choose as many as I wanted to would be to copy the entire book*

“What makes a river so restful to people is that it doesn’t have any doubt-it is sure to get where it is going, and it doesn’t want to go anywhere else” (Ferriss 184).

-Hal Boyle

Overall, this book was exactly what I needed to start 2019.

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