Blog 21.1

Our next blog, A Tribe of Mentors, by Timothy Ferriss, details a period in Ferriss’s life when he was questioning himself and the direction he was headed.  He discusses how a “fork in the path” led him to ask himself the most important question of “What would this look like if it were easy?”  This one question sparked the idea of creating a group of mentors to guide him.  He sent 11 duplicate questions to a wide variety of successful people with different backgrounds.  Many people didn’t respond to his request, but many did, and Ferriss compiled the answers into a 569 page book! 

Before Ferriss sent his request, he had to determine what set of questions to ask.  He stated “often, all that stands between you and what you want is a better set of questions.”  The 11 questions he chose are:

  1. What is the book (or books) you’ve given most as a gift, and why?Or what are one to three books that have greatly influenced your life?

  2. What purchase of $100 or less has most positively impacted your life in the last six months (or in recent memory)?My readers love specifics like brand and model, where you found it, etc.

  3. How has a failure, or apparent failure, set you up for later success?Do you have a “favorite failure” of yours?

  4. If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it - metaphorically speaking, getting a message out to millions or billions – what would it say and why?It could be a few words or a paragraph.(If helpful, it can be someone else’s quote:Are there any quotes you think of often or live your life by?)

  5. What is one of the best or most worthwhile investments you’ve ever made?(Could be an investment of money, time, energy, etc.)

  6. What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing you love?

  7. In the last 5 years, what new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?

  8. What advice would you give to a smart, driven college student about to enter the “real world?”What advice should they ignore?

  9. What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or given area of expertise?

  10. In the last 5 years, what have you become better at saying no to (distractions, invitations, etc.)?What new realizations and/or approaches helped?Any other tips?

  11. When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, or have lost your focus temporarily, what do you do?(If helpful, what questions do you ask yourself?)

Our next 11 blogs (yes, almost 3 months of blogging!), will highlight some of our favorite answers to these questions and why we think they are so relevant to the transition to college athletics.  We look forward to sharing these with you!

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