“Barking up the Wrong Tree” Advice

I stumbled across a website called “Barking up the Wrong Tree” by recommendation of a colleague of mine. The site has a lot of very practical personal and professional development material. Here are some of the key takeways:

  • Helping other people makes us happy
  • Work in a profession that brings you joy and purpose, not just financial gain
  • Givers end up at the top and bottom of the social ladder
  • Interest preceding talent produces experts possibly more effectively than in reverse
  • Technical skills without interpersonal skills will slow you down if not halt you advancement
  • Make the best of all situations and circumstances- including bad jobs.
  • Leaders are constantly busy and are hardworkers
  • Leaders know how say no to things that are less important
  • Focus on strengths

By being more outgoing, open to new ideas, following hunches, and being optimistic, lucky people create possibilities.

  • Don’t give up when things get tough AKA grit.

  • Use failure to succeed.
  • Find mentors to help you discern truth from fiction
  1. Get out in nature
  2. Exercise
  3. Spend time with friends and family
  4. Express gratitude
  5. Meditate
  6. Get enough sleep
  7. Challenge yourself
  8. Laugh
  9. Touch someone
  10. Be optimistic



About Ernest Levert Jr.

Aspiring Servant-Leader studying engineering principles, financial stewardship, business management, and psychology fundamentals in order to cultivate passionate leadership, disseminate positive energy, uplift the community and ultimately create a brighter future for generations to come.
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