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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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3 out of 5 stars
By Dan_H. on 03-07-18

Poorly written

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes but with the caveat that it reads more like a mediocre self-help book than an interesting collection of anecdotes about the science of success.

What could Eric Barker have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

He needs to omit the words "research shows" or "studies have shown" from his vocabulary entirely. If you're going to talk about research, describe a study or paraphrase what specific (named) researchers have said. Don't insult their work by degrading it down to the infomercial one-liner, "studies have shown". By Doing this he discredits many of his points since I don't know if he's talking about peer reviewed research or, you know, "research".

Was Barking up the Wrong Tree worth the listening time?

There are a few really interesting points, a few quotes worth hearing, and a few takeaways that I thought were really helpful. I think it's worth the listen if you're willing to get past the groan-worthy moments where he drones on about a point he made 3 times in the last 15 minutes. The takeaways are worth while, though.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Celso Relvas on 03-21-18

Unbelievable wisdom. I just wish I were the author

Simply put: this is the most useful audiobook I've had the luck stumble upon and listen to. Through a very long list of totally disparate stories, Eric Barker made me realize that for many decades (I'm 51 now), I've chased many wrong objectives thinking that these would lead to the "success" (whatever that is). This is not a self help book and the lessons here should not be taken lightly. This is serious stuff and the best thing is that the 16-minute final chapter sums it all up. As always, Roger Wayne does a phenomenal job in narrating.

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5 out of 5 stars
By JedHoll on 05-21-17

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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5 out of 5 stars
By L. S. Avery on 07-03-18

Enjoyable and enlightening

A book full of stories of success from various sources backed by the science to make it truly interesting.

If you like a book that looks at success from a different angle (not just business) then this is an entertaining book. Although much of the real science is covered lightly it still gives enough information for further reading.

Although no earth-shattering revelations there are some real nuggets within that make it worth the listen.

On that note I would mention that the narrator speaks quite slowly and I found I had to listen at a much higher speed otherwise it became tiresome.

The narration aside this is a great listen.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Linus Francis on 06-22-17

You're not Batman

Or rather in my case, I'm not some one like Casey Nicetat- Sleep 4 hrs a day, make 20 mil. and be super famous. This book game me a reality check, but also motivated me by teaching me personal forgiveness, telling me about the success that grit and smart work(rather than hard work) brings about, why intelligence and a young age doesn't determine success and happiness later on in life and balance between extrovertnes and introvertnes. I would definitely recommend this book to someone like myself- who has poisoned their brain with unrealistic expectations and stupid motivational quotes and videos. But who also has big dreams.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Bren on 06-04-17

Awesome. Simple practical advice

Fantastic book. Goes through many different elements of success as a whole, job career and relationships. Provides practical advice that you can use with examples. Wish it was longer because it was well written too

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