Enjoy this title right now, plus millions more, with a free trial

Only $9.99/month after trial. Cancel anytime.

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

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

Written by Eric Barker

Narrated by Roger Wayne


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

Written by Eric Barker

Narrated by Roger Wayne

ratings:
4.5/5 (608 ratings)
Length:
9 hours
Publisher:
Released:
May 16, 2017
ISBN:
9780062675040
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

BookSnapshot

Also available as...

BookSnapshot

Description

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:
Released:
May 16, 2017
ISBN:
9780062675040
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

BookSnapshot

About the author

Eric Barker is the creator of the blog Barking Up the Wrong Tree, which presents science-based answers and expert insight on how to be awesome at life. His work has been mentioned in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic Monthly, TIME magazine, The Week, and Business Insider. He is a former Hollywood screenwriter, having worked on projects for Walt Disney Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, and Revolution Studios. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and holds an MBA from Boston College and a Master of Fine Arts from UCLA.


Related to Barking Up the Wrong Tree

Related Audiobooks

Related Articles


Reviews

What people think about Barking Up the Wrong Tree

4.7
608 ratings / 47 Reviews
What did you think?
Rating: 0 out of 5 stars

Critic reviews

  • First: let go of your preconceptions of what success is and how others obtain it. Eric Barker's counterintuitive anecdotal advice and surprising studies will guide you to your goals and beyond.

    Scribd Editors

Reader reviews

  • (4/5)
    Lot's of advice backed up by science. Easy to read and includes practical suggestions.
  • (5/5)
    Learn how to align with your true self and succeed.

    Recommended. Especially to fellow underdogs.
  • (5/5)
    This was an interesting look at some recent study on productivity and happiness. I liked how the book moves through different anecdotes and ideas at a good pace. This was a great balance of education and entertainment!
  • (5/5)
    Great storyteller who gets the research 80% correct. Recommended? Yes!
  • (5/5)
    Excellent and funny. Well documented and written!
    A must read!
  • (5/5)
    Well narrated. Offers some interesting ideas and pointers to the topic. The examples and side stories ilustrate the ideas adequately and offer a relaxed "reading" experience.
  • (5/5)
    It seems as the author searched for all the troublsome topics we face in the modern era and presented a plausable, scientifc solutions for them. Great book.
  • (5/5)
    Loved it. Gained a lot of knowledge. Well written and narrated. Recommended for people who want to read about happiness & success from an analytical point of view.
  • (5/5)
    I listened to the audio book, great narration. I found it really interesting, helpful and useful.
  • (5/5)
    Great book. Digestible concepts with data-backed analysis to support the main arguments.
  • (5/5)
    This is a wonderful volume. Provides real techniques and information for persons who want to succeed in life; not the “hocus pocus” found in many “success” books.
  • (5/5)
    Really enjoyed this book! Need to go back and reread.
  • (5/5)
    Wonderfully practical, drenched with great motivational examples on the art of the possible - stitched together with great insights - well done Mr Barker ??
  • (5/5)
    Great to hear all the numbers the research was based on!
  • (5/5)
    I loved the comparisons and got some great ideas from very unlikely resources.
  • (5/5)
    I like how the author always presents both 'extremes' of the spectrum to show what works or doesn't
  • (5/5)
    It is a balanced look at success and happiness. The book describes several dilemmas: grit VS fail fast; 10 000 hours vs time for family etc. Great stories make it easy to grasp main points.
  • (5/5)
    It's not the usual self-improvement book that only tell you on what to do etc etc. The author wrote all the scientific and statistical evidence about these "motivations" in the book. Loving it. 5/5
  • (5/5)
    All ideas are great. So for me, thank you for writing this very informative book and helped me digest this information that I haven't yet read. Take care.
  • (5/5)
    A great book and a must read/listen for people who want to get a direction in life.
  • (5/5)
    Brilliant audiobook, it's a long book but very interesting. Filled with so many amazing inspiring stories.
  • (5/5)
    It’s a pleasure to listen to this audiobook. The author makes very good comparisons to real situations. Really like this book!
  • (5/5)
    Very good dissection of what brings the success. Made me think about how I want to live my life and what degree of success I want to achieve to be happy.
  • (5/5)
    Fun to listen to and very informative, gives hands on advise that is applicable immediately.
  • (5/5)
    Very well read. The book was very pleasant and easy to listen to during my car commutes.

  • (5/5)
    Well written book filled with great stories and ideas about getting control of your life, defining your own access, examples from people who came from nothing to having fantastic achievements and happiness... and much more.

    Would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to improve their lives in general by focusing on the things that matter the most.



    Definitely worth reading
  • (5/5)
    Very informative book, the case in points made are of real stories and studies carried out.
  • (5/5)
    This book makes an argument for a balanced meaning of success. I loved it. The author is a great storyteller. Thought-provoking and funny. Thank younfot writing this book. Really enjoyed it.
  • (5/5)
    This is a fantastic book for self reflection and set improvement
  • (5/5)
    Full of insights and stories of failure and success. I love the story of Genghis Khan! Very nice book ? ?