Ep 30. Eric Barker: Debunking Myths about Work and Life - Work and Life with Stew Friedman
Eric Barker is 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 and he does so in a funny and practical manner. 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.
In his engaging conversation with Stew, Eric discusses how people find meaningful environments in which to pursue their work. He 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. Eric 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.