Barking Up the Wrong Tree

Barking Up the Wrong Tree

The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (mostly) Wrong

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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Wall Street Journal Bestseller

Much of the advice we've been told about achievement is logical, earnest...and downright wrong. In Barking Up the Wrong Tree, Eric Barker reveals the extraordinary science behind what actually determines success and most importantly, how anyone can achieve it. You'll learn:

* Why valedictorians rarely become millionaires, and how your biggest weakness might actually be your greatest strength

* Whether nice guys finish last and why the best lessons about cooperation come from gang members, pirates, and serial killers

* Why trying to increase confidence fails and how Buddhist philosophy holds a superior solution

* The secret ingredient to "grit" that Navy SEALs and disaster survivors leverage to keep going

* How to find work-life balance using the strategy of Genghis Khan, the errors of Albert Einstein, and a little lesson from Spider-Man

By looking at what separates the extremely successful from the rest of us, we learn what we can do to be more like them--and find out in some cases why it's good that we aren't. Barking Up the Wrong Tree draws on startling statistics and surprising anecdotes to help you understand what works and what doesn't so you can stop guessing at success and start living the life you want.

Publisher: New York, NY : HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062416049
Branch Call Number: 158.1 Bar
Characteristics: x, 307 pages ; 24 cm


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Apr 11, 2018

The author looks at what we need to do to succeed, the behaviours that work the best, and also the things that are supposed to work well but really don't. The book is full of quite fascinating examples to prove his points. Towards the end he sums everything up with a list of things to do. His website has additional information that may be of interest.

Nov 02, 2017

One of the best thought-provoking and thought-changing books I've read. It came at the right time as I had a work related issue that needed to be dealt with. I highly recommend this book to everyone, including teenagers.
I was glad to see that I've already learned some of the concepts myself over the past years but this book was still able to offer not just explanations of why those make someone successful (or lucky) but also still had new ways of thinking that I could apply to my life.

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