Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success is (Mostly) Wrong Paperback – 10 December 2017
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- Publisher : HarperCollins (10 December 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062852205
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062852205
- Item Weight : 300 g
- Dimensions : 20 x 14 x 4 cm
- Country of Origin : USA
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I also bought this book after seeing 5 star reviews on amazon. I liked it and found it great..so I am also rating it 5 stars.
Are all these true.? Do these really work in the real world?
Well the answer lies in the pages of this book.
Read the full review on my blog, intothedepthsofbooks.blogspot.com
I hate such books as they leave you disillusioned. Most people will buy the book because it is a best seller. But you must remember that these con artists have perfected the art of manipulating yours thoughts . The worst is that to sound convincing , these self help book gurus quote scienctitic papers and studies. Well if you want to make a point, you will always find a research paper on it. Sadly, that is the state of affairs with self help and physoclogy books.
Instead read an autobiography. Even if the author boasts about his life experinecies in an autobiography, at least he has done something in life which is of common knowledge and verifiable.
Highly recommendation to read this book. But most importantly you should remember what you read. You should recall what you have read only then you will see a change within you.
Learnings for Business people
1. Single most attribute to look for when hiring salespeople is OPTIMISM
2. Most interesting topic about Human Brain & Psychology. Chapter 3, Page 72 onwards
The human need for meaning ( stories) about oneselves and the world. Whats the best predictor of a successful relationship? It's not money, sex or compatibility. Researcher John Gottman reaslied that just hearing how the couple told the tale of their relationship together predicted with 94% accuracy whether or not they'd get divorced.
What's the best predictor of your emotional well-being? It's not great schools, hugs, or Pixar movies. Researchers at Emory University found that whether a kid knew their family history was the number-one indicator.
So, how do you find your story? There's a really simple way to do it: just think about your death.
Whats the no one thing to do for improving a romantic relationship? Learn to be a good listener. And the number-one reason why people leave their jobs? They didn't feel their boss listened to them.
These are just some of the small gems I remember right now. The has many such statistically researched facts and arguments which will enable you pivot your thought process...GO FOR IT...I couldn't recommend it more...
Thought provoking and useful material that can help in articulating one's own specific idea of success and then aligning towards it.
Top reviews from other countries
Even self-help haters will find this book interesting as it dispels some common misconceptions around success and takes a holistic approach with sections on work life balance and relationships that I found particularly relevant personally.
It’s hard to criticise this book but self-help connoisseurs might recognise a lot of the concepts here from other books. With that said there is plenty of original content that make this book very valuable.
Here are some of the ideas that I took away from the book:
On playing it safe
• School grades are very good at predicting self-discipline and ability to go along with the system but not very good at predicting success and riches
• The same attributes that make some people objectionable can enable them to be very successful
• There is a similar concept for investing in companies. Just because a company has good products, a good team and customers doesn’t mean it will be very successful. Companies with one massive strength can dominate and make do with weaknesses in other areas
• Be aware of your own strengths and find environments that complement them
On being a jerk
• Effort is a poor predictor of success
• Work hard but be sure to keep your boss(es) happy instead
• Making sure you’re noticed does not require you to act like a jerk
• Be a giver to foster good relationships and trust
• Be optimistic with positive self-talk to improve your ‘grit’
• Don’t perceive bad events as being permanent, pervasive or personal
• Develop your own meaningful purpose in life.
• Create games when completing tasks to increase grit and reduce stress
• Eliminate time wasting people and activities
• Know yourself
• Don’t network, make friends and check in often
• Help other people to build a network
• Show gratitude often with other people.
On work life balance
• Track your time to make sure you’re spending enough time on stuff that will make you happy. You will be shocked at how much time you waste!
• The problem with many high achievers is that they don’t spend enough time on relationships.
• Healthy relationships are the strongest predictor of happiness and focusing too much energy on careers and making money may come at a great cost if left unchecked
• Try and split your time between enjoying, winning, giving and extending
• Allocate specific times for achieving these goals and the rest of your to do list
• Schedule blocks of time for deep work, the early mornings work well because it is typically free of distractions
• Success is alignment between where you are and where you want to be combined with healthy relationships and a personal positive story about the whole that keeps you going through tough times
• You should also choose the right career and company to work for that matches your personality and level of introversion or extroversion
• Lastly, understand the huge importance of relationships, they are correlated to your success
This book does contains alot of interesting stories, information and tips. However the chapters can be very long, and the main points can become a bit lost. There is no real summary or breakdown give at the end of each chapter, or even the end of the book to bring it all together. I learnt alot from this book, but there is no easy way for me to quickly refer back to this at a later date without re-reading it cover to cover.
The content itself is very good, and makes a lot of good points, as well as directing you to source materials and references.
So, to summarise, I would say buy this book, you will learn a lot from it. JUST DON'T BUY THE MASS MARKET PAPERBACK!
(sorry to shout!)
But then, when it was delivered, I was unpleasantly surpised by the quality of the so-called book: it was half the size of a normal book (probably A6), very poor quality paper (kind of a cheapest rough toilet paper quality), very small print, and the quality of the print was also bad - difficult to read. To provide such a product to readers without warning them first about the quality is a discgrace, really. I do believe that Amazon should take this book out of its marketplace - it's not a book, it's something that looks like a book, but in essense is not.
If authors respect readers and themselves, they should take out this version off their site, too. Otherwise, a possibly great content is spoiled completely by this mockery of a book.