Success is the achievement of something that you have been trying to do. As real, enlightening, transformational and powerful as the science of success is, it isn’t the ONLY path available for developing a solid and unshakable understanding regarding the power that you hold individually to create significant positive change in your life.
Do you want to learn more about the science behind what causes success? This book will help you with that.
In my barking up the wrong tree book review, I will be taking you through what the book is all about, what perspective it gives, its cost and finally my thoughts about the book.
I will try all my best to give you every single detail about this book, but if by any chance I do not tackle one of the things you really wanted to know about it, be sure to ask me anything in the comments area. I will be happy to help you out. 🙂
Great! Let us now get into the book!
Name: Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong
Author: Eric Barker
Best Place to Buy: www.amazon.com
Genre: Self Help Book
Publisher: Harper One
Publication Date: May 16, 2017
Book length: 320 pages
What It Is
This book reveals the extraordinary science behind what actually determines success and most importantly, how anyone can achieve it. By reading it, you’ll learn:
• Why valedictorians rarely become millionaires, and how your biggest weakness might actually be your greatest strength
• Whether nice guys finish first or 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
Eric Barker is the author of the book Barking Up the Wrong Tree, which presents science-based answers and expert insight on how to be awesome at life. This explains why this book is filled with such useful scientific information.
His works have been mentioned in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic Monthly, TIME magazine, The Week, and Business Insider. This goes to show how good his work really is.
He is a former Hollywood screenwriter, having worked on projects for Walt Disney Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, and Revolution Studios. This is really impressive according to me! And it proves all the more that he is someone you will want to listen keenly to.
He is also a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and holds an MBA from Boston College as well as a Master of Fine Arts from UCLA.
What The Book Talks About
The most important lessons you will get from the book work around these:
Research shows that you don’t actually need to know more to be seen as a leader. Merely by speaking first and speaking often—very extroverted behavior—people come to be seen as El Jefe.
Without a plan, we do what’s passive and easy—not what is really fulfilling.
The hard-charging Silicon Valley entrepreneur has become a respected, admired icon in the modern age. Do these descriptors match the stereotype? A ball of energy. Little need for sleep. A risk taker.
Don’t suffer fools gladly? Confident and charismatic, bordering on hubristic. Boundlessly ambitious. Driven and restless. Absolutely. They’re also the traits associated with a clinical condition called hypomania.
Johns Hopkins and psychologist John Gartner have done a few works showing that’s this is not a coincidence.
Full-blown mania renders people unable to function in normal society. But hypomania produces a relentless, euphoric, impulsive machine that explodes toward its goals while staying connected (even if only loosely) with reality.
Mentoring a young person is four times more predictive of happiness than your health or how much money you make.
If you want to do well in school and you’re passionate about math, you need to stop working on it throughout the day to make sure you get an A in history too.
This generalist approach doesn’t lead to expertise. Yet eventually almost all of us go on to careers in which one skill is highly rewarded and other skills aren’t that important.
Fundamentally, your brain doesn’t like or want to believe in randomness. It always believes you have some control, even when you don’t. It may be delusional but we’re happier deluded, right? And delusion ironically makes us perform better on average.
Funny, but it is true.
Extreme confidence makes it very hard for us to learn and improve. When we think we know all the answers, we stop looking for them. Marshall Goldsmith says, “Although our self-confident delusions can help us achieve, they can make it difficult for us to change.”
We spend too much time trying to be “good” when good is often merely average. To be great we must be different. And that doesn’t come from trying to follow society’s vision of what is best, because society doesn’t always know what it needs. More often being the best means just being the best version of you.
Dan Ariely did a study in which people were given the opportunity to cheat on a test. (They didn’t know the researchers administering the test would be able to tell.)
Of course, those who exploited this performed better, but here’s what’s interesting: when surveyed about how they thought they’d do on another test, the cheaters rated themselves higher than non-cheaters.
In other words, despite having succeeded due to deception, they attributed their success to being smarter. In deceiving others they ended up deceiving themselves.
It’s by dreaming and then doing something about those dreams that we can achieve success. In fact, it’s the only way we can.
Barry Schwartz says we have to become “choosers” instead of “pickers.” A picker selects from the options available, leading us into false dichotomies created by the options we see in front of us.
But a chooser “is thoughtful enough to conclude that perhaps none of the available alternatives are satisfactory, and that if he or she wants the right alternative, he or she may have to create it.
The same traits that make people a nightmare to deal with can also make them the people who change the world.
Fifty-eight members of the Forbes 400 either avoided college or ditched it partway through. These fifty-eight—almost 15 percent of the total—have an average net worth of $4.8 billion.
This is 167 percent greater than the average net worth of the four hundred, which is $1.8 billion. It’s more than twice the average net worth of those four hundred members who attended Ivy League colleges.
We love having choices. We hate making choices. Having choices means having possibilities. Making choices means losing possibilities. And having so many choices increases the chance of regret.
Best Place to Buy The Book
The place I encourage you to get the book from is on Amazon. It is my personal favorite online store and it comes in handy when you want to do more shopping other than just the book. So if you were planning to buy more stuff online in addition to the book, I would say Amazon is your best bet.
There is also a summary book of this book that cuts across the book and gives you the gist and weighty points you would want to use to make change in your life. It is also on Amazon and is something I recommend if you are those people who like having most moving points somewhere for constant reference.
This book is full of useful information if you want a little bit more than the average “how-to” or “self-help” read, this book is for you. You are going to get valuable insights you normally don’t get out there and it is going to open your eyes to more opportunities you might be overlooking and help you leverage them wisely to get to where you would want to be.
And this is where I take my rest guys.
I hope you found this review useful to you.
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