I don’t know why this keeps happening to me.
I’ve seen the behind-the-scenes of marketing campaigns – I know very well what’s going on. I know which tools you need to use to create a major hype over something.
And yet I’m still a sucker for those – maybe what they’re promoting really is the next big thing? I even bought the book almost a year ago, a couple of months after it’s been published.
Sigh – it never is.
Truth be told, my fingers have been getting quite itchy to write this review for a few months already. Why haven’t I done it earlier?
I was honestly afraid of the backlash that would follow when you publicly admit that you don’t identify with something that almost every other person online does. Oh, well – life’s too short to always fit in anyway.
Author: Timothy Ferriss
No. of pages: 598 (blank notes pages included)
Number of copies sold: Can’t find any official info on this one – assuming millions
How long it took me to read it: A few months (reading other books meanwhile)
Goodreads rate: 4.2
The Tribe of Mentors unites the best of the best – celebrities, investors, innovators, leaders, athletes – or in other words, the superhumans of the modern world. They’ve all agreed to let us in on their secrets of success and reveal what it takes to live a happy life. Whatever the definition of a happy life may be.
The book is mainly motivational quotes and answers to 11 question that Ferriss compiled and sent to everyone who’s agreed to participate. Only the best answers were picked out, edited and published.
The things I liked
Now, let’s see what I liked about the book.
- The idea behind the book
You’ve got to admit – it’s a brilliant idea.
In the past, people worried about stuff like famine, world wars, incurable diseases. Today, since global warming seems a few decades away anyway, we’re stuck solving our very own existential crisis.
Who are we? Why are we here? What should we do next with our lives? Basically, we’re sold on the idea that we need to change the world to lead a meaningful life.
It’s genius to write a book that addresses all of those issues – because there isn’t a single person on the planet who hasn’t had a crisis at some point in their lives. Who’s going to read a book on global warming anyway when there are SO many more important things to solve?
- The quotes
I liked this part because, in all fairness, they weren’t as cringy as other motivational quotes I’ve read. This one has stuck with me the most – it helps me fight off my sugar cravings.
- The style is fun to read
I haven’t read any of his other books but he knows his target audience pretty well. He knows what’s he’s doing. In an age where instant gratification is thriving, this guy nailed it right on!
Short, sweet, and straight to the point. Simple English. Plain words that strike right at the heart. What can the average citizen of planet Earth possibly ask for more?
The things I didn’t like
Here’s what I didn’t like about the book.
- The book format
Is this the new thing in book publishing? Cram a few hundred articles together and call it a book? Do we no longer value books with a narrative?
To me, the content here would be great if you were doing a weekly online column or let’s say, the same thing Brandon Stanton is doing with Humans of New York.
But publish it as a book – eh? Maybe? Maybe not?
- The size of the book
Anyone who’s ever tried reading an almost 600-pages long book knows what I’m talking about.
Good luck to anyone trying to lie in bed and read it at the same time. Now, that’s something I’d love to be given a life hack for!
- The cult surrounding the author
One part of me screams as I’m writing this. Ask every single marketing expert out there and they’ll confirm that the branding and the marketing side of things here are brilliant. BRILLIANT!
First of all, the content is easy to digest. It’s doing the job for itself – hello, shareable content! And Tim has the charisma to attract the masses – have to admit that.
It’s almost on a cult level. I’m willing to bet that some people who swear by his books don’t even like reading them. But it’s the sense of belonging to The Tim Ferriss Cult that’s doing all the job.
- The life hacks
I’m really tired of this word.
What are life hacks? Why would you want to hack your life? Do you even need to hack anything?
I’m not denying there are some tweaks we can all do to improve daily lives – but I’m just tired of people telling me I’m not “hacking” my life enough if I don’t get up at 5 AM.
(For the sake of reference, I get up between 6 and 7 AM and I love the extra hour of sleep I manage to get)
My final judgment: 3 out of 5
The more I see the cult around Tim Ferris growing, the less I have the desire to be part of it.
And you know what I realized? The people with the real life hacks don’t bother talking about them. They just… do their thing. They’re the regular folks around us, people like you and me, managing through life as they know best.
While writing this, I’m eagerly waiting for my next book order to arrive. A big decision has been made – no more life hacks. Back to reading fiction only for a while.
Next time, I’ll be talking about how to motivate children – and younger adults – to read more!
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