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Barking up the Wrong Tree Audiobook

Barking up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong

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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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    JedHoll 21/05/2017
    JedHoll 21/05/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karen L. 13/07/2017
    Karen L. 13/07/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Great blog to good book"

    I have been a regular reader of Eric barker's blog for a few years. This is a good transfer to book format, and narrated well, with new material. What I like is that this comes across as objective, good research, not someone pushing a particular agenda. Basically, if Eric barker is writing about it, I take notice. Also like the way he distillls his findings into actionable bullet points.

    I got audio cheaply because I bought the print version. I am now off to read it and make notes, and I've literally just finished the audio! Check out his blog too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Denisa Graham 02/07/2017
    Denisa Graham 02/07/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Well written, witty, funny and balanced!"

    I was so impressed with this audio book. the content is so well chosen and the author constantly loops back to previous chapters and ideas giving an underlying sense of interconnectivity. The author also thoughtfully approaches any topics trying to show a complete and balanced view of reality. Delightful!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Abigail Corfield 30/06/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Only 2 hours in and tremendously helpful already"
    If you could sum up Barking up the Wrong Tree in three words, what would they be?

    Insightful<br/>Excellent<br/>Relevant


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Currently listened up to the section on creating games in your work and life. What a breakthrough I have had in bringing this into my life. I have since joined Habitica which uses this idea to turn everyday work into games. <br/><br/>Thanks Eric, you've already transformed my work life. Can't wait to hear the rest.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul T. Thomas Wales 29/06/2017
    Paul T. Thomas Wales 29/06/2017 Member Since 2014

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    "Excellent book"

    I read quite a few books with my job and for pleasure but this book is quite brilliant. Thoroughly enjoyed and absorbed.

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    Marco 24/06/2017
    Marco 24/06/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Well narrated, creative examples"

    Really creative and easy to grasp examples. Awesomely narrated. Felt much better after giving this a "read"

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    Peter ENFIELD, United Kingdom 23/06/2017
    Peter ENFIELD, United Kingdom 23/06/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Nicely presented"

    I bought this book as it was on offer with related Audible so I had no expectation other than being interested in people that put research findings into everyday context and make it actionable.
    I was more than pleasantly surprised by the quality of the reading which was better than many more well known books by famous authors. Really enthusiastic and bright the text alive.
    If you're fairly up to date with various research you probably won't find much new here but packaging it into a book about achieving personal happiness and success with practical tips was useful.
    It's not too heavy on the tips and each chapter has a few long examples which I felt brought the subject to life but some may find lots of fluff and meandering.
    So if you want some learning, some good stories well read then buy this!

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    Stephen Whiting 14/06/2017
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    "Great overview of being successful"

    Really interesting book covering many aspects of what it takes to live a successful and happy life. Some you might of thought of, some you won't.

    It's also written in a really easy to read and engaging way with lots of real life stories, examples and research. Definitely recommend.

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  • Clinton Aukstolis
    12/07/17
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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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • robert martin davison
    03/06/17
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    "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' .

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • GHF
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    31/05/17
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    "Best book ever."

    In the top 5 books I've ever read. insanely good. Read it!!! Over the moon.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Zorica
    29/06/17
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    "Enlightened"

    I was excited to read this book. I really feel it will change my life. I just finished it for the first time and now I'm going to read it again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rushdhi
    26/06/17
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    "A rare gem among self-help books"

    I read A LOT of books, and this is certainly one of the few books I'll read and read again! Extremely well written, beautifully narrated and above all gives you practical advice based on real science! I hardly give reviews for books, but felt compelled to write a good one for this! I hope you won't be disappointed with this book!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    06/06/17
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    "Go get this book!"

    Couldn't wait to continue listening to this gem! Great marriage and use of evidence with excellent writing style. I have to listen to it again in case I missed something!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jeff
    20/05/17
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    "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.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • VG
    23/05/17
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    "Simple, useful, excellent book"
    What made the experience of listening to Barking up the Wrong Tree the most enjoyable?

    Eric provides both expert advice and expertly marketed writing. This means that stories he presents are full of surprises, captivated me and were memorable! This made it for a non-fiction book that feels like a great novel, well, a collection of short novels! It was most enjoyable because much of it was totally unexpected.


    What other book might you compare Barking up the Wrong Tree to and why?

    A few books come to mind, 7 Habits by Covey because it too focused on a paradigm shift as a main tool for improvement. This book is different because it references many other books, draws conclusions from research and packages into small stories.


    What does Roger Wayne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    not sure, I usually enjoy reading more than listening but needed a book for my running-listening and this was good.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I wouldn't make a film on this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I think Eric is a genius who spent countless hours compiling this information and presenting it in the format that is engaging, memorable and useful!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • odizzle
    grandforks, nd United States
    08/08/17
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    "different than expected"

    a definite must read---was quite different than I originally expected it to be. I enjoyed it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • dashjr14
    04/08/17
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    "Loved it"

    this book is incredible woth great insight and perspective. everyone should read this book at least once

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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