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Barking up the Wrong Tree Audiobook

Barking up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2017 Eric Barker (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Jeff 05-20-17
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    "great book but"

    like many other books in this sphere of influence it starts strong has one or two nuggets of insight then fades in the last half to three quarters of the book. sometimes shorter and more concise is better rather than padding to fill space. that said the nuggets within are worth the read.

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    Hong 05-22-17
    Hong 05-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Funny, Thought-provoking, Well-sourced"

    Academic research-based self-help served with a large helping of humor. There were points during which the “X provides these benefits... but Opposite-of-X provides these benefits... What do? Here is how to think about them instead” pattern gets a little tired, but given the huge expanse that is human behavioral research, Barker is a welcome guide.

    Would have loved to learn more about the self-compassion research.

    The narrator for the audiobook, Roger Wayne, said a couple names slightly differently from how I’ve heard them elsewhere. The instances I remember right now are “Ramit Sethi” and the author’s website “bakadesuyo”. But besides from those 9 syllables Roger Wayne did a tremendous job, complementing the engaging writing.

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    Antonio Stevens Saint Louis, MO 05-21-17
    Antonio Stevens Saint Louis, MO 05-21-17 Member Since 2017

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    "Frustrating"

    I love this guys blog. However this was all over the place. I had to give up.

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    VG 05-23-17
    VG 05-23-17 Member Since 2015

    “Five years from today, you will be the same person that you are today, except for the books you read and the people you meet.” C. Jones

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    "Simple, useful, excellent book"
    What made the experience of listening to Barking up the Wrong Tree the most enjoyable?

    Eric provides both expert advice and expertly marketed writing. This means that stories he presents are full of surprises, captivated me and were memorable! This made it for a non-fiction book that feels like a great novel, well, a collection of short novels! It was most enjoyable because much of it was totally unexpected.


    What other book might you compare Barking up the Wrong Tree to and why?

    A few books come to mind, 7 Habits by Covey because it too focused on a paradigm shift as a main tool for improvement. This book is different because it references many other books, draws conclusions from research and packages into small stories.


    What does Roger Wayne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    not sure, I usually enjoy reading more than listening but needed a book for my running-listening and this was good.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I wouldn't make a film on this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I think Eric is a genius who spent countless hours compiling this information and presenting it in the format that is engaging, memorable and useful!

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    "A lot of fluff, not much real substance"

    One of the themes about this book is called: "find the right pond". It is referring to finding the right place to work that fits you. It says how critical this is. It's a ridiculous point because people are at the "pond" they are in because they have no choice or because they have golden handcuffs.
    So many books I read like this come from a perspective of someone who's got a clean slate. Or someone young who is just starting out. What about most of us who are already in the work force with our golden hand cuffs and or age discrimination going on?

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    "Enjoyable book"

    A very enjoyable listen. A collection of interesting observations. Not perhaps as controversial in its assertions as the title suggests. Would very much recommend.

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