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Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong (vuoden 2019 painos)

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Wall Street Journal Bestseller 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.… (lisätietoja)
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I did not succeed at loving the book, but the first half was interesting. After that it sort of fell off for me. ( )
  jbaty | Dec 29, 2023 |
So...very...breezy! Blogger Eric Barker knows how to end a section with a cliffhanger, and if the next section doesn't completely satisfy, the next cliffhanger is often coming soon. Substitute the word "teaser" for "cliffhanger" if it works better for you. The point is that Barker knows how to keep you reading, even when you weren't satisfied by what you just read.

I wasn't satisfied because essential to Barker's method is the tossing of factoids that may or may not be true. My suspicions were irrevocably aroused on page 27, when he claimed that David Geffen sued Neil Young because Young's album Trans was "too country." Too country? Trans was entirely constructed with synthesizers and electronica, and on several songs, the humanity of Young's voice was lost as they were played through a vocodor. Earlier Young albums with a country flavor like Harvest and Comes a Time were among his biggest sellers, so it makes no sense for Geffen to complain about Trans—Young's least country album to that point—being "too country." Precisely the opposite was the case.

Barker summarizes this anecdote by saying that Young "was sued for being himself." Barker apparently adapted the phrase of a writer for Rolling Stone, Don McLeese, who wrote "Neil Young is the only artist in the history of modern recording to be sued for refusing to be himself." Barker inverted it to say that he was sued for being himself, and then he supported his anecdote with a statement that was on the face of it the opposite of the truth.

What makes this especially disturbing is that every page of Barker's book is sprinkled heavily with quotes and factoids to support his argument (or, as in the case of the Neil Young anecdote, to pique the reader's interest: after rereading the section, I can't figure out what it has to do with any bigger point of Barker's). None of these quotes and factoids are footnoted, so it's difficult to look them up to confirm or refute them. (To Barker's credit, there is an extensive bibliography, but connecting its entries to his anecdotes is a hit-or-miss endeavor.)

For me, this situation is a dealbreaker that broke my trust. All this said, Barker's book (Barking Up......get it?) may be valuable to some as a provocation to thinking differently about success. Many of his suggestions and examples do indeed run counter to conventional wisdom, and I'm all for that. I even think many of them are probably true. ( )
  john.cooper | Dec 22, 2023 |
recommended by Cal Newport
  pollycallahan | Jul 1, 2023 |
This is a very interesting collection of information and advice. I didn't read it very quickly because I kind of wanted to roll the ideas around before moving on to the next one. But I'll carry some of the lessons and stories with me and probably read it again someday. ( )
  JorgeousJotts | Dec 3, 2021 |
I didn't enjoy the first two chapters of this book and put it away.

The nature of the advice was too general for my tastes.
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  Crow2525 | Dec 1, 2021 |
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Wall Street Journal Bestseller 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.

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