ethanessig Mar/ 26/ 2018 | 0

Most books have a life lesson or two hidden away in their pages. History books help us learn from the past. Philosophy books give wisdom on how to think. Psychology books give us the tools to dive a bit deeper into ourselves.

Tribe of Mentors has a lesson on most of its 600 pages. I am not being casual about calling them lessons either; I mean legit insights on life. This book really is a game changer. I read it straight through, even though that is not what is intended. Each entry had an impact.

This blog is going to be my top 5 lessons from the book. I hope you enjoy and strongly suggest you pick this big ole book up!

The Five Lessons:

1. “Advice to ignore: A little part of me dies every time someone tells me they’ve taken a job as a “steppingstone” to something else when they clearly aren’t invested in it. You have one life to live. Time is valuable. If you’re using steppingstones, you’re also likely relying on someone else’s path or definition of success. Make your own.” Page 73, Soman Chainani
2. “Many people feel that when they are overwhelmed or lose focus, they need to retreat into themselves and shut out the world. They think that there is greater merit and virtue in figuring things out alone. That doesn’t work for me. I find myself, and activate my greatest creative capacities, in relationship with the beautiful diversity of other human beings.” Page 181, Esther Perel
3. “Listen to your inner voice, which tells you what to choose.” Page 224, Tim O’Reilly
4. “Further, many people will tell you there’s a lot to learn from failure. Maybe…But there’s more to learn from success. Failure may tell you what not to do again, but it doesn’t help you figure out what to do the next time around. I’d rather focus on the things that work, and try those again than try to take lessons from the things that didn’t.” Page 209, Jason Fried
5. “I’ve never invested in the stock market or taken a risk on anything outside myself. I decided a long time ago that I would only bet on myself. I will risk two years on a book that’ll probably fall flat on its face. I don’t mind. I tried. It didn’t work. I believe in investing in your heart. That’s all I do. I’m a servant of the Muse. All of my money is on her.” Page 5, Steven Pressfield

Dope lessons, right?

There are beautiful takeaways from all the passages above.

Let me break down what I took from them:

* Follow your heart. Three of these passages talk about the importance of carving your path. Something we are all afraid to do. I know I am. Humble Adventures is my Muse. Putting specific content on this site can be difficult. It is vulnerable and risky, but it feels so good to push through that resistance. Simple to say but hard to do.
* Don’t be obsessed with failure. I understand how failure is powerful to grow from, and I still think it is, but I get the point Mr. Fried is making. We improve by building off triumphant moments and avoided living the ones that weren’t so successful again.
* Don’t hide your true self. When things get rough, I often retreat into solitude. Recognize that when in an unstable headspace, sitting with that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Some of my most significant breakthroughs have been with the insight of others. It is just difficult to as for that help.

Final Thoughts:

Be honest with yourself about what you want.

Use what you learn to actually build something, not just lesson after lesson.

Read this book because it is awesome. Just try and forget about it being almost 600 pages.

Thank you for Reading!

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