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Barking Up The Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (mostly) Wrong Hardcover – 16 August 2017
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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.
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"This book is compelling because Barker's irreverence is so consistently on-target, relentlessly puncturing the wisdom balloons that most need bursting."--Robert B. Cialdini, New York Times bestselling author of Influence and Pre-Suasion
"In this compulsively readable, brilliant kaleidoscope BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE, Barker is your rollicking guide through the science of success. You'll discover what pirates and inmates can teach us about honesty and generosity, how to network like the world's greatest mathematician, and much, much more.--Daniel H. Pink, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Drive and To Sell is Human
"BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE is a masterpiece. Whether you are a connoisseur of self-help books, or despise them, you won't be able to resist this recipe for living a better life."--Robert Sutton, Stanford Professor and bestselling author of The Asshole Survival Guide: How to Deal With People Who Treat You Like Dirt
From the Back Cover
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 important--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 : HarperCollins US (16 August 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062416049
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062416049
- Dimensions : 3.3 x 15.75 x 21.59 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 149,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By AussieLW on 4 November 2018
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Even self-help haters will find this book interesting as it dispels some common misconceptions around success and takes a holistic approach with sections on work life balance and relationships that I found particularly relevant personally.
It’s hard to criticise this book but self-help connoisseurs might recognise a lot of the concepts here from other books. With that said there is plenty of original content that make this book very valuable.
Here are some of the ideas that I took away from the book:
On playing it safe
• School grades are very good at predicting self-discipline and ability to go along with the system but not very good at predicting success and riches
• The same attributes that make some people objectionable can enable them to be very successful
• There is a similar concept for investing in companies. Just because a company has good products, a good team and customers doesn’t mean it will be very successful. Companies with one massive strength can dominate and make do with weaknesses in other areas
• Be aware of your own strengths and find environments that complement them
On being a jerk
• Effort is a poor predictor of success
• Work hard but be sure to keep your boss(es) happy instead
• Making sure you’re noticed does not require you to act like a jerk
• Be a giver to foster good relationships and trust
• Be optimistic with positive self-talk to improve your ‘grit’
• Don’t perceive bad events as being permanent, pervasive or personal
• Develop your own meaningful purpose in life.
• Create games when completing tasks to increase grit and reduce stress
• Eliminate time wasting people and activities
• Know yourself
• Don’t network, make friends and check in often
• Help other people to build a network
• Show gratitude often with other people.
On work life balance
• Track your time to make sure you’re spending enough time on stuff that will make you happy. You will be shocked at how much time you waste!
• The problem with many high achievers is that they don’t spend enough time on relationships.
• Healthy relationships are the strongest predictor of happiness and focusing too much energy on careers and making money may come at a great cost if left unchecked
• Try and split your time between enjoying, winning, giving and extending
• Allocate specific times for achieving these goals and the rest of your to do list
• Schedule blocks of time for deep work, the early mornings work well because it is typically free of distractions
• Success is alignment between where you are and where you want to be combined with healthy relationships and a personal positive story about the whole that keeps you going through tough times
• You should also choose the right career and company to work for that matches your personality and level of introversion or extroversion
• Lastly, understand the huge importance of relationships, they are correlated to your success
This book does contains alot of interesting stories, information and tips. However the chapters can be very long, and the main points can become a bit lost. There is no real summary or breakdown give at the end of each chapter, or even the end of the book to bring it all together. I learnt alot from this book, but there is no easy way for me to quickly refer back to this at a later date without re-reading it cover to cover.
The content itself is very good, and makes a lot of good points, as well as directing you to source materials and references.
So, to summarise, I would say buy this book, you will learn a lot from it. JUST DON'T BUY THE MASS MARKET PAPERBACK!
(sorry to shout!)
But then, when it was delivered, I was unpleasantly surpised by the quality of the so-called book: it was half the size of a normal book (probably A6), very poor quality paper (kind of a cheapest rough toilet paper quality), very small print, and the quality of the print was also bad - difficult to read. To provide such a product to readers without warning them first about the quality is a discgrace, really. I do believe that Amazon should take this book out of its marketplace - it's not a book, it's something that looks like a book, but in essense is not.
If authors respect readers and themselves, they should take out this version off their site, too. Otherwise, a possibly great content is spoiled completely by this mockery of a book.