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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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By Reggaws on 09-12-17

Excellent presentation of cognitive research

Would you consider the audio edition of Barking up the Wrong Tree to be better than the print version?

I'll never believe audio is better than print but this audio is well read and a great way to learn on the move. Because the content is so "meaty" I have purchased the print version as well to digest with my eyes and mark up.

What about Roger Wayne’s performance did you like?

The reader's voice has the perfect pitch and cadence for this type of book. Well Read!

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By Amazon Customer on 09-09-17

great

practical, intellectual, good research, easy to follow, and addictive to listen to. I would definitely recommend this book to every parent.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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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By spencerhudson on 12-15-17

Fantastic

Really enjoyed the book . Pointing out all sorts of ideas you think should give you performance but don't ... we really are barking up the wrong tree for a lot of the time.

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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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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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