Blog 21.2

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!

The first question Ferriss asked everyone was: 
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?

One of the reasons we at UpsideDown Performance enjoy our blog series so much is because it provides us the structure to prioritize reading and learning new things.  We are always looking for new books to review for our audience so we were looking forward to reading all of these suggestion from Ferriss’s Tribe of Mentors.

Brené Brown (author of Daring Greatly, which we detailed in our 7th blog ) chose the books The Dance of Anger by Harriett Lerner, Why Won’t You Apologize, and a series of books for parenting.  The books on her “next to read” list are Stretch by Scott Sonenshein and Lead Yourself First by Kethledge and Erwin.  We are looking forward to reading Stretch and learning how to better embrace the resources we have to achieve our goals – we look forward to blogging about that book soon!

Dan Gable is one of the most iconic leaders in wrestling history and wrote the book A Wrestling Life, about his coaching career at the University of Iowa.  He suggested the book, The Heart of a Champion, stating “it answers all the questions.”  We can’t wait to read these answers!  High performance psychologist, Michael Gervais, indicated Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl.  In fact, that book was suggested multiple times as a way to discover meaning and purpose in life.  Gervais also suggested Mind Gym by Gary Mack as an easy to read and apply resource for mental skills strategies. 

These are just a few of the suggestions we gathered from this question.  One of the best things about learning is that different books will affect you differently depending on the context of your current life phase.  When you reread a book, different points will stick out to you or finally “click” and make sense on how to apply it in your own life. 


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