Your audiobook is waiting…

The Algebra of Happiness

Notes on the Pursuit of Success, Love, and Meaning
Narrated by: Scott Galloway
Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
5 out of 5 stars (72 ratings)

Regular price: $24.50

$14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

An unconventional audiobook of wisdom and life advice from renowned business school professor and New York Times best-selling author of The Four Scott Galloway.

Scott Galloway teaches brand strategy at NYU's Stern School of Business, but his most popular lectures deal with life strategy, not business. In the classroom, on his blog, and in YouTube videos garnering millions of views, he regularly offers hard-hitting answers to the big questions: What's the formula for a life well lived? How can you have a meaningful career, not just a lucrative one? Is work/life balance possible? What are the elements of a successful relationship? 

The Algebra of Happiness: Notes on the Pursuit of Success, Love, and Meaning draws on Professor Galloway's mix of anecdotes and no-BS insight to share hard-won wisdom about life's challenges, along with poignant personal stories.

Whether it's advice on if you should drop out of school to be an entrepreneur (it might have worked for Steve Jobs, but you're probably not Steve Jobs), ideas on how to position yourself in a crowded job market (do something "boring" and move to a city; passion is for people who are already rich), discovering what the most important decision in your life is (it's not your job, your car, or your zip code), or arguing that our relationships to others are ultimately all that matter, Galloway entertains, inspires, and provokes.

Brash, funny, and surprisingly moving, The Algebra of Happiness represents a refreshing perspective on our need for both professional success and personal fulfillment and makes the perfect gift for any new graduate or for anyone who feels adrift.

©2019 Scott Galloway (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

The Algebra of Happiness offers raw and vulnerable wisdom, delivered with heart. We all can learn from Galloway's mistakes and insights." (Derek Sivers, author of Anything You Want)

"This book is required reading for everyone with a heartbeat. Scott delivers powerful, hard-earned life lessons that will resonate with anyone who hasn’t had their common sense surgically removed." (Eric Barker, Wall Street Journal best-selling author of Barking Up the Wrong Tree

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    61
  • 4 Stars
    7
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    57
  • 4 Stars
    7
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    53
  • 4 Stars
    7
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    0
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Scott rocks!

I already read The Four and Scott writes and captivates the reader until the very end. Follow him on Recode Decode with Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway.... cuz it's a great podcast!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Scott Galloway Is An American Treasure

Scott Galloway sets an example for 21st century Americans. His principled approach to living is needed now more than ever in our modern world.

Although I am still heart broken that he canceled his YouTube show Winners and Losers, Scott Galloway is one of the top people I admire and aspire to in my life.

So glad to have this knowledge at 25.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great book as always buy Scott

Scott is one of may favorites writers and the book is really well written and more important read by him, making you feel like he is next to you. This book is like a once in a lifetime conversation that you have with a really smart and experience person and, if listen carefully it will change your priorities and goals.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Words of Wisdom

This would make a wonderful graduation present. Love all the feisty advice from someone who is living a full and aware life. I can only hope to do the same as long as I'm around.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

All the feels

Scott - I’m a fan. I look forward to your acerbic commentary each week on Pivot podcast.

You’re smart, funny and honest. This book is all that...and tears. I enjoyed the additional depth of your personal experiences and journey. Heartfelt and relatable.

My only wish was the read had more of the fire you bring.

Everyone can find something to connect to, and learn from.

More please.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Insightful and painfully sincere

The Algebra of Happiness is another excellent work by Professor Scott Galloway. A departure from his first book The Four, this book looks through his personal lens on happiness and how our behavior and attitudes often get in the way of experiencing it in our lives, particularly later in life. Much like Clay Christensen's How Will You Measure Your Life, Professor Galloway models his book on the final lecture from his capstone MBA class. With a heavy dose of snarky and self-effacing humor, the elements of happiness and the barriers to it are told through the painfully frank stories of his life. From growing up in a single parent home to his own divorce and the indignities of supporting a parent through a terminal illness, Professor Galloway offers the advice he feels he most needed as a new graduate in his 20's, both mistakes to avoid and opportunities not to be missed.

Note, this is a short book at 3hrs 35 min, but worth the full price/credit for the insight and the extent Professor Galloway poured of himself in this work. This will make my list of books to highly recommend/gift.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Great but short

Scott is a great presenter of his views of the book, success, love and meaning. It feels a little short, at some points it's perfectly condensed, but at others I wanted a bit more.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Unexpectedly good

I listened to this book in a single sitting. I hadn’t planned on it, I just wanted to get a quick feel for what sort of book it was, but once I started, I ended up sitting up in bed with my iPad for four hours listening. Screw going to work.

This book has a very unique style. I’m sure that some people will not enjoy it, but I loved it. It is direct and to the point. Dense in substance. Zero fluff.

I had never heard of the author before, but I found his view on life to be genuinely thought provoking. I highly recommend giving this quick book a listen to.