coach your best podcast- eric barker

Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong

Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong

In this episode of the Coach Your Best podcast I have a fantastic discussion with Eric Barker, author of the new book 'Barking Up The Wrong Tree- The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success is (Mostly) Wrong'.

There is a TON of great information for coaches so be sure to have a pen and notebook on hand as we discuss this following:
  • ​When you hear the phrase 'Coach Your Best' what does that mean to you?
  • What inspired you to write this book
  • How do you define 'success' and Where are we getting the concept of 'success' wrong?
  • The world of coaching in sports and performance often brings big egos which can lead to challenges with trust and've written a chapter titled 'Do Nice Guys Finish Last' do nice 'coaches' finish last?
  • What can coaches learn about trust and cooperation from street gangs?
  • The importance of TRUST in a coaching relationship
  • Coaches and athletes get inspired by hearing great stories that serve as motivation and inspiration...but I'm not so sure that coaches truly understand the power of story in helping athletes become champions.
  • Eric's 3 P's for a successful story
  • In chapter 3 'Do Quitters Never Win and Winners Never Quit' you talk about the importance of story as it relates to things such as grit and the number one indicator of a child's emotional well being. What do coaches need to know about the power of story?
  • How can coaches apply your 'games mechanics' concept to help their athletes be more successful? (briefly discuss the four areas WNGF)
  • What's the relationship between GRIT and the importance of story
  • Just about EVERY athlete has struggled with self-belief. In Ch 5 you talk about 'Believe in yourself....sometimes'. What can coaches learn about belief from a Kung Fu Artist and people who don't feel fear?
  • The power of forgiveness and it's role in self-confidence
  • The concept of 'Double Think'...a section Eric had to cut from the book
  • Where can listeners go to find out more about you and purchase your book?
Eric Barker is the author of the new book 'Barking Up The Wrong Tree' that is now a Wall Street Journal Best Seller.

His blog brings you science-based answers and expert insight on how to be awesome at life.


Eric Barker on Twitter:

Eric Barker's Blog:




Find This Episode Useful? Rate the Podcast

My goal is to be able to show up in the lives of coaches around the world every week (if not daily)! But in order to do that I need your help.

The way that iTunes determines which podcast shows get featured is by how many people download the podcast, leave reviews (key!), and also subscribe.

These podcasts are free and it usually takes me two days to prepare, record, edit, and produce each show but with your help I know I can help many others just like you!

I would be grateful if you took literally less than 60 seconds and left an honest review of the show. Click Here to Open iTunes

Ask Questions Or Share Feedback

  • Comment on the show and/or let me know how I can help you be a better coach
  • Email me at athletebydesign(at) or click here


Comments are closed.

The World Leader in Sports Axiology