Barking up the Wrong Tree

  • by Eric Barker
  • Narrated by Roger Wayne
  • 9 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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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- Jeff

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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- Hong

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-16-2017
  • Publisher: HarperAudio