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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eric Barker Narrator: Roger Wayne Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9780062675040
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Much of what we’ve been told about the qualities that lead to achievement is logical, earnest—and downright wrong. Barking up the Wrong Tree explodes the myths and looks at the science behind what separates the extremely successful from the rest of us. What it reveals is that success is less about being perfect in a particular quality than knowing what you’re best at and being properly aligned with your context. The thing that sets you apart, the habits you tried to banish, the things you were taunted for in school may grant you an unbeatable advantage given the proper context.

While we can’t all win Olympic Gold or Nobel Prizes, many of the methods that get people ahead are well within reach. The book will look at what works, what doesn’t and share insights on how to best navigate the world when we’re unsure. It will also reveal:

  • Why valedictorians rarely become millionaires, why the best (and worst) US presidents are the ones who subvert the system, and how your biggest weakness might actually be your greatest strength;
  • How disaster survivors find the will to go on, how Medal of Honor winners keep fighting when the odds seem impossible, and how the emerging science of “mental contrasting” can help us determine when to go all-in and when to think twice;
  • When the best time is to double your efforts, when to throw in the towel—and when to bluff; and
  • How the most networked employees are often the most productive—but why the greatest experts almost invariably classify themselves as introverts, including an astounding 90 percent of top athletes.

Sometimes what produces success is raw talent, sometimes it’s the nice things mom told you to do, and other times it’s the exact opposite. Barking up the Wrong Tree separates the true from the false and rewrites the rules of success for everyone.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In this compulsively readable, brilliant kaleidoscope Barking up the Wrong Tree, Barker is your rollicking guide through the science of success.”

    Daniel H. Pink, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Delightfully puckish, evidence-backed, and full of insight, this book answers questions about success that have puzzled us for far too long.”

    Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author

  • “This book is compelling because Barker’s irreverence is so consistently on-target, relentlessly puncturing the wisdom balloons that most need bursting.”

    Robert B. Cialdini, New York Times bestselling author

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About the Author

Eric Barker is a thought leader in the field of success. His humorous but practical blog, Barking up the Wrong Tree, presents science-based answers and expert insight on success in life. Over 270,000 people subscribe to his weekly email update and his content is syndicated by Time, The Week, and Business Insider. He has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, and he was a columnist for Wired. With a writing career spanning over twenty years, Eric is also a sought-after speaker and interview subject, and has been invited to speak at MIT, West Point, NPR affiliates, and on morning television.

About the Narrator

Roger Wayne served in the Air Force as a radio and television broadcast journalist in South Korea and won several awards before obtaining a BA degree in communications and journalism. He is an actor living in New York, narrating audiobooks, working on independent film projects, performing off Broadway, and auditioning for major network shows.