Blog 21.3

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 second question Ferriss asked everyone was: 

What purchase of $100 or less has most positively impacted your life in the last six months (or in recent memory)?

Ben Stiller is a comedic actor known for numerous roles.  His suggestion should resonate with all college students – the importance of a good backpack!  Stiller uses his backpack as a “portable office,” and reminds himself that when it gets too overstuffed, he is probably carrying too much with him.  Sometimes, a solid investment in an item that makes your life easier is well-worth the extra expense.  Feeling organized is critical to your success as a college student-athlete.

High-performance psychologist, Michael Gervais, chose a book by John Wooden, Inch and Miles, because he loves reading it on a regular basis with his son and seeing the insights from his son’s eyes.  We chose this suggestion because the item was used to build connection with someone important to Gervais.  Jerome Jarre, social media guru, paid $4 to park near a beautiful lake in Oregon.  This small investment gave him a “trillion dollar moment with the water.”  We loved this example because many people find that investing in experiences brings more meaning that buying more items.

Amelia Boone, accomplished ultra marathoner, has been called the “Michael Jordan of obstacle racing.”  She shared a story in which she bought a bracelet inscribed with “The struggle ends when gratitude begins” during a challenging time in her life.  Boone loves the daily reminder to practice gratitude.  The busyness of life can cause us to lose sight of our values, and this is a great example of an anchor to count on during stress.

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