If I could suggest to you all, one book to read this year on success, it would be Eric Barker’s excellent book Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong. This is a great book and I am really honored to speak to Eric Barker on this subject. He is an outstanding guest on the podcast and you guys are going to get a lot from this conversation!
What does it take to be successful?
Is it long ours? Is it being a jerk just to get ahead? Or is it something else? Eric Barker’s book talks about pirates and ninjas and other characters in a very story-form way, with a great deal of scientific research to back up his views on success.
Grit, Self-Confidence, Optimism, and other Maxims of Success
There are a number of buzzwords we throw around when it comes to success, the above being just a few. In my conversation with Mr. Barker, we hit on these plus a few others to drive home which notions we have right, the ones we have wrong, and some of the nuances of the old maxims we may still be holding to.
- Why the common notions of successful people are usually wrong
- How does optimism and confidence play a role in success?
- What is self-esteem vs. self-compassion? Which is better?
- Do longer hours mean better success in the long run?
More on Eric Barker and his Book: Barking up the Wrong Tree
Eric Barker on the Web: http://www.bakadesuyo.com/