BiggerPockets Podcast 256: The Surprising (Scientific) Truth Behind What Makes You Successful with Eric Barker

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Why do some people achieve incredible success while most others struggle? Why do some reach their goals while others give up within days of setting them? Why do some people make WAY more money at work while others are stuck in the mailroom for 40 years? Those topics, among many others, are the focus of today’s episode of The BiggerPockets Podcast, where we sit down with Eric Barker, author of the WSJ bestseller Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong. Eric spends his life exploring the science and psychology behind what actually makes an individual successful, and today we explore those often-surprising truths as they relate to real estate, business, and all areas of life!

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In This Episode We Cover:

  • Eric’s background
  • What you should know about his book
  • How to align yourself with what you’re good at
  • The issue of grit
  • The “3 Ps” (personal, permanent, and pervasive)
  • The secret to forming habits
  • How to create external accountability
  • A discussion on systems vs. goals
  • What you should know about introverts vs. extroverts
  • How financial success can serve as a great defense
  • Tips for not taking the day for granted
  • How to become a super connector
  • What makes somebody successful at work
  • What “work-life balance” truly means
  • The 4 metrics of success
  • And SO much more!

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Tweetable Topics:

  • “The single most motivating thing is the feeling of progress.” (Tweet This!)
  • “The importance of the habit is consistency.” (Tweet This!)
  • “In the end, it’s generally better to set up systems as opposed to goals.” (Tweet This!)
  • “There is no fear with boredom.” (Tweet This!)

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5 Comments

  1. Don Spafford

    It’s interesting, I am also very much an introvert but can be totally open and talk with someone when it is a topic I care about or have a purpose for speaking. yet I cannot just start up a conversation or keep a conversation going when the other person also is an introvert or does not speak much.. Yet I love being by myself and being analytical. I don’t need much social interaction. Nice to hear that it may be because I am an over-achiever and not some abnormality. 🙂

  2. Kelly Arthur

    This was great and funny at the same time. I enjoyed it so much. Sent the link to my kids. They always say I’m preaching but I think they’ll get a lot out of this, I certainly did. Thanks Biggerpockets for this content and thanks to Eric Parker. He was the “bomb.com”!!!!!

  3. Cody Field

    Great Podcast. The recent podcast trend of aligning goals and skills is perfect for goal setting 2018. Thanks.

    RE: The sponsor and Freddie MAC SBL, this is a great product. I am a direct lender with Freddie Mac and lend across the nation, non-recourse, assumable loans with step-down prepay and hefty interest only periods. Happy to help fellow BPers.

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