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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. The author 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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Abstract

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.

Event Location

Virtual – Zoom link will be sent with your registration confirmation.

Attendee Registration

Registration Category

ISPE Member: Free

Event Dates

Oct 20, 2021 – Chapter 1 and 2
Nov 03, 2021 – Chapter 3 and 4
Nov 17, 2021 – Chapter 5 and 6

About the Author


Eric Barker is the author of Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong. He has an amazing sense of humor which is evident in his writings. He is well known for his blog Bakadesuyo – Barking Up the Wrong Tree, which presents science-based answers and expert insight on how to be awesome at life. His work has been mentioned in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic Monthly, TIME magazine, The Week, and Business Insider

Book Club Info

  • Frequency: Approximately every 2 weeks
  • Event Time: 45 minutes
  • Format: Virtual
  • Recommended Reading Pace: 2 chapters per meeting
  • Discussion Questions: Emailed prior to the event for the recommended chapters

Book Club FAQs

How does the ISPE Canada Book Club work?

The book club is run by our amazing hardworking volunteers. Books are selected based on participant interest and relevance to career and professional development. Sessions are hosted via zoom so that members across Canada can discuss and connect on the book together.

How to get the Book?

A digital or hard copy of this book can be borrowed from your local library or purchased at local or online bookstores. Please contact your local library branch for availability.

Do you read the book before the scheduled meeting?

There is no requirement to finish (or even start) the book prior to the meeting. During the meeting, most members will have finished the recommended chapters and we will be discussing them, so be prepared for spoilers if you haven’t read them yet.

How do I prepare for the meeting?

1-2 weeks before the scheduled meeting, we will send you a list of discussion questions to consider. As a group, we will discuss and look into these themes, questions, and topics further during the meeting.

What type of books do we read?

We’re open to anything that our members are interested in relevant to career and professional development. Approximately every 6 months we will send out polls to select upcoming books.

Am I eligible to join?

Open to all ISPE Canada members; there is no cost to join.

How often do we meet and for how long?

Meeting dates vary depending on the availability of the facilitators. Upcoming Book club meetings will be posted on the ISPE Canada Website. Cancellations and/or date changes will be notified to participants beforehand. Typically, the meetings will run for 45mins during weekday evenings from 6:05-6:50 pm.

Are there any in-person meetings?

At the moment, sessions are currently hosted via zoom so that members across Canada can discuss and connect on the book together. We also encourage members to host their own discussions before or after in order to dig deeper into the themes.

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