Debunking Myths About Work and Family

My conversation with Eric Barker, author of Barking Up the Wrong Tree.

Take “little bets,” give things a shot in a low resource-intensive way, then pivot.
Eric Barker

I host a weekly radio show on SiriusXM 111, Business Radio Powered by Wharton, called Work and Life. We publish edited versions of my conversations as free podcasts. I invite you to listen to the episode (embedded below) that is my conversation with Eric Barker, a University of Pennsylvania graduate and author of the popular blog Barking Up the Wrong Tree. Eric gives evidence-based answers and expert insight to questions about how to be awesome at life in a funny and practical way. Over 300,000 people subscribe to his weekly newsletter. He is also author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller, Barking Up the Wrong Tree: Why Everything You Know About Success is (Mostly) Wrong. He’s been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic Monthly, and the Financial Times.

We discuss how people find meaningful environments in which to pursue their work. Eric asserts that most unhappiness in our work lives stems from a lack of personal assessment and reflection. By knowing ourselves and thinking critically, we can find success. He instructs listeners to intentionally seek new environments, try out new jobs, and increase interactions with new people. His advice on remaining open to new settings is well taken in an field currently dominated by the psychology of grit.