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 sixth question Ferriss asked everyone was:
“What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing you love?
One of the internet's most popular writers, Tim Urban, has a toy box to hold mechanical, tactile, fidgety "things." Urban states he a kinetic thinker, often pacing while on the telephone, and uses these toys to help him focus. Urban says without a toy in his hand, he tends to bite his nails.
Actress Richa Chadha buys a new perfume every time she starts a new film. She chooses these perfumes based on the theme of the movie and character she will play and believes manipulating the sense of smell helps her "slip into character."
Scott Belsky is an entrepreneur, author, and investor. Belsky chooses favorite snacks and songs for certain tasks he needs to complete. For example, he has a specific playlist and snack regime for the challenging task of writing and other deep work. He feels the rewards of these snacks and music make him look forward to, rather than dread the task.
Co-founder and CEO of Pinterest, Ben Silberman, has a wall chart of boxes representing every year of his life. He actually got the idea from Tim Urban's blog Wait But Why. Silberman feels the chart provides him a visual sense of his goals and reminder that every week matters.
We chose these examples because all of these individuals had habits and routines that might seem quirky to others, but make them feel more focused and engaged in their task. One of the main challenges of being a student-athlete is determining what routine and plan works best for you to reach your ideal performance. Our online class for the transition to college athletics is full of ideas for you to develop your own routine!
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