Answering 11 Questions from Tim Ferriss' Tribe of Mentors

I read "Tribe of Mentors" book by Tim Ferriss two years ago and I found it's interesting because you can extract unique insights from various succesful people by giving them the same questions.

And I wonder if the same eleven questions were thrown at me, what my answers would be. It's also a good exercise to understand the weight of each question before I try to adapt this style of interview to numerous successful friends of mine. So here they are..

"Tools of Titans" and "Tribe of Mentors" by Tim Ferriss

1. What are one to three books that have greatly influenced your life?

Almost all books that I read are non-fiction which around personal development, psychology, business, and economic books. So I have two categories of books that influenced me.

For my personal life:
  1. "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen Covey
  2. "How To Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie
    → Summary: Mastering Interpersonal Skills
  3. "Atomic Habits" by James Clear
    → Summary: How to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

For my professional life:
  1. "The E-Myth Revisited" by Michael E. Gerber
  2. "Rework" by Jason Fried & DHH
  3. "The 4-Hour Workweek" by Tim Ferriss

2. What purchase of $100 or less has most positively impacted your life in recent memory?

There were so many books that I need to read but I didn't have enough free time. So, I've subscribed Blinkist for $40 / year since two years ago and just read the book summaries first. If the summary was interesting, then I read the whole book. This way I can learn more things faster.

3. How has a failure set you up for later success?

I went to a mediocre high school in Bandung, and I felt it was a failure. However, it helps me build my mindset not to compare with others, but to compare with ourselves. We don't need to be better than others, we just need to be better than our previous self.

Tech Startup Investment

As a startup founder, at some point you will meet potential investors. First-time founders usually don't really understand how to choose investor and how to prepare themselves before meeting them. This article summarized some books and articles about investing in tech startups, and hopefully it helps founders to make better decision.

Not all people who have a lot of money to invest are good investors. There are five qualities of good investors:

1. Money. Good investors provide you more than enough money to scale up your business, so you can focus on executing your vision and strategic plan.

2. Time. Good investors will always have time with the founders to discuss very important issues. Moreover, it would be great if the time horizon of their investment suit your growth plan.

3. Network. Good investors provide meaningful customer and more investor introductions.

4. Expertise. Good investors give actionable advice that saves the founders time and money – or keeps them from making mistakes. They should know your business model and industry.

5. Chemistry. Good investors are good partners. Do the "airport test", whether you'd be able to handle being stuck in an airport with the investor for an extended period of time.

Five qualities of (startup) investors

Kelas Inspirasi: SDN 2 Pegayaman

Sukasada, sebuah kecamatan di Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali, di mana puluhan relawan Kelas Inspirasi Bali meluangkan waktu dan tenaganya pada hari Sabtu, 4 Mei 2019. Mereka menuju ke enam sekolah dasar untuk berbagi cerita tentang profesinya sambil memotivasi adik-adik di sana untuk berani bercita-cita setinggi langit dan bekerja keras menggapainya. Mereka datang dari berbagai daerah, tidak hanya dari Pulau Bali, dengan tujuan yang sama, berkontribusi pada pendidikan anak Indonesia.

Relawan KI Bali 6 beserta Guru-Guru SDN 2 Pegayaman | 📷 by @riswandedik

Saya dan empat belas relawan lainnya akhirnya bertemu untuk kali pertama secara lengkap sehari sebelumnya. Interaksi yang tadinya hanya sebatas percakapan di dunia maya, bersambung ke percakapan nyata secara langsung. Tidak lama bagi kami untuk menyadari bahwa kami beruntung mendapatkan kelompok yang berisi orang-orang baik, yang terinspirasi untuk menginspirasi, dan rela memberikan usaha yang lebih untuk berbagi kebaikan. Meskipun tidak lama waktu kami untuk bersama berbagi ke adik-adik di SDN 2 Pegayaman, rasa persaudaraan itu terasa erat bagi kami.


Tulisan ini merupakan dokumentasi dari apa yang kami rasakan sebagai relawan Kelas Inspirasi Bali yang bertugas di SDN 2 Pegayaman. Semoga bisa menginspirasi rekan-rekan (calon) relawan lainnya untuk sedikit berkontribusi bagi pendidikan Indonesia.

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