Barking up the wrong tree The surprising science behind why everything you know about success is (mostly) wrong

Eric Barker

Book - 2017

Discusses the components of success and how to achieve it, discussing such topics as work-life balance, grit, cooperation, confidence, and personality weaknesses.

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Published
New York, NY : HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers [2017]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
x, 307 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-307).
ISBN
9780062416049
0062416049
Main Author
Eric Barker (-)
Review by Publisher Summary 1

Discusses the components of success and how to achieve it, discussing such topics as work-life balance, grit, cooperation, confidence, and personality weaknesses.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A popular blogger explores and dispels the myths surrounding what it takes to be successful and reveals the science that proves that getting ahead in life is less about being perfect and more about understanding the thing that sets you apart from others. 50,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Wall Street Journal BestsellerMuch 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-ManBy 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.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Wall Street Journal BestsellerMuch 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-ManBy 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.