Barking Up the Wrong Tree turns standard success advice on its head by looking at both sides of many common arguments, like confidence, extroversion, or being nice, concluding it’s really other factors that decide if we win, and we control more of them than we think. In the book, Eric Barker discusses why context is king—why the rules for success depend on who you are.
He examines interpersonal relationships, reviewing the importance of kindness, networks, and your attitude towards success.
The main themes of the book are:
- Success is determined by characteristics that are much more within your control, like hard work, motivation, and confidence.
- People tend to think that those who “make it” in life are the smartest and most talented, but this is not true.
- The rules for success depend on who you are, and context is king.
- Interpersonal relationships are important, and kindness and networks play a significant role in success.
What I Liked
Loved this book. Super readable, good takeaways.
What I Did Not Like