11 Questions (Thanks Tim)

These are the 11 questions Tim Ferris used to compile incredible responses from over 100s mentors in his book Tribe of Mentors, and are great prompts for unique and wildly satisfying conversations. They key thing here if asking to folks is providing them with a vulnerable and thoughtful answer that sets an example of an answer. Most people mirror it turns out. Hope you find these as useful as I have…

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 that you love?”

7. “In the last five 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 area of expertise?”

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

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?)”