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

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Comprehensive update to the science of success

Do you have alignment between your career and your personality? Are you working too hard? Are you giving up too soon?

Eric Barker's book is a great resource for answering that most nagging question of "is this the right path for me?"

You may not discover your calling overnight but he will give you resources to take a holistic look at your life and help you decide for yourself if you're banging your head against the wall or if you should press on, and how.
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- Clinton Aukstolis

Lots of interesting stories.

I think this book is most useful for people who are younger. I'm 45 and things are too stable in my life to really take advantage of the advice. However the book has so many interesting stories in it that it's worth reading or listening to, and I learned quite a lot. I seem to be addicted to self help books, and am always looking for ways to improve. I would say the main point of the book is, 'know thyself' .
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- robert martin davison

Book Details

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