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

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

by Eric Barker


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062416049
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/16/2017
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 90,170
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Eric Barker is the creator of the blog Barking Up the Wrong Tree, which presents science-based answers and expert insight on how to be awesome at life. His work has been mentioned in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic Monthly, TIME magazine, The Week, and Business Insider. He is a former Hollywood screenwriter, having worked on projects for Walt Disney Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, and Revolution Studios. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and holds an MBA from Boston College and a Master of Fine Arts from UCLA.

Table of Contents

Introduction: What Really Produces Success? 1

By Looking at the Science Behind 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

Chapter 1 Should We Play It Safe and Do What We're Told If We Want to Succeed? 7

Does Playing by the Rules Pay Off? Insight from Valedictorians, People Who Feel No Pain, and Piano Prodigies

Chapter 2 Do Nice Guys Finish Last? 32

What You Can Learn About Trust, Cooperation, and Kindness … from Gang Members, Pirates, and Serial Killers

Chapter 3 Do Quitters Never Win and Winners Never Quit? 62

What Navy SEALs, Video Games, Arranged Marriages, and Batman Can Teach Us About Sticking It Out When Achieving Success Is Hard

Chapter 4 It's Not What You Know, it's Who You Know (Unless It Really Is What You Know) 123

What We Can Learn About the Power of Networks from Hostage Negotiators, Top Comedians, and the Smartest Man Who Ever Lived

Chapter 5 Believe in Yourself…Sometimes 175

What We Can Learn About Walking the Tightrope Between Confidence and Delusion from Chess Masters, Secret Military Units, Kung Fu Con Arties, and People Who Cannot Feel Fear

Chapter 6 Work, Work, Work … or Work-Life Balance? 204

How to Find Harmony Between Home and the Office, Courtesy of Spider-Man, Buddhist Monks, Albert Einstein, Professional Wrestlers, and Genghis Khan

Conclusion: What Makes a Successful Life? 259

Acknowledgments 267

References 269

About the Author 309

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eric Barker strikes ther perfect balance between good science and engaging writing. I can think of so many people I want to read this book.
Anonymous 9 months ago
This has been such an amazing read! It’s well written & gives specific examples & stats on the various elements that make up a truly successful life. It’s quite the inspiration!