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The Formula

Narrated by: Ryan Vincent Anderson
Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
Categories: Science & Math
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In this pioneering examination of the scientific principles behind success, a leading researcher reveals the surprising ways in which we can turn achievement into success.

Too often, accomplishment does not equate to success. We did the work but didn't get the promotion; we played hard but weren't recognised; we had the idea but didn't get the credit. We've always been told that talent and a strong work ethic are the keys to getting ahead, but in today's world these efforts rarely translate into tangible results. Recognising this disconnect, László Barabási, one of the world's leading experts on the science of networks, uncovers what success really is: a collective phenomenon based on the thoughts and praise of those around you.

In The Formula, Barabási highlights the vital importance of community respect and appreciation when connecting performance to recognition - the elusive link between performance and success. By leveraging the power of big data and historic case studies, Barabási reveals the unspoken rules behind who truly gets ahead and why and outlines the 12 laws that govern this phenomenon and how we can use them to our own advantage. 

Unveiling the scientific principles that drive success, this trailblazing book offers a new understanding of the very foundation of how people excel in today's society.

©2018 Albert-László Barabási (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

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  • RM
  • 11-02-20

nice experiments

Enjoyed reading through some of the experiments e.g. the peer pressure in voting etc .. overall a good book. A little repetitive though.

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Great story and awesome presentation

Albert, getting preferential attachment going for you (if you need any) ;).
Jokes apart it's an excellent book and much better than reading any self help book.
In ancient Indian scripture there is a quotation from Bhagvat Gita: 'karma kar phal ki chinta mat kar'. that would translate to 'perform action don't worry about fruits'. I could hear that in the 5th law and it was inspiring.

All the other laws tied up well with the last one in the final chapter.
narration was great too :)
thank you

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  • T. Mokhosoa
  • 30-07-19

Mind blowing stuff

One of the best books I've listened to in a while. Detailed in how the laws are conceived, it leaves very little space for doubt. There's a scientific authenticity to the laws.

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  • Rurik McKaiser
  • 09-01-19

Definitely worth a read!

This a wonderful and thought provoking read.

I would strongly recommend this book.

I really loved the final chapters on Creativity and The Q Factor.

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  • Ida Fischer
  • 18-01-20

It could have been a much shorter book...

It is an interesting work of Professor Barabasi. However, the whole story is made longer as it supposed to be. It could be a two-hours long one, and still it would have everything in it. Furthermore, a conclusion of the 5 laws together would be nice. I don't feel I gained further knowledge or extra information about success from this book. It is a nice perspective on having a formula for it though. 😃 Getting back to work now and waiting for the brilliant light bulb to go out... 😂

Thank you for the story anyway. Keep up the good work and hopefully one day we can read/listen a more successful story of Professor Barabasi. 😃

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  • Zack M
  • 11-09-19

brilliant book, read it twice.

just finished the read now planning the second re-read after posting this comment. The reader has an easy to follow tone

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  • giuseppe manzoli
  • 16-08-19

Amazing, inspirational, incredible true

I’m about to run and listen to this incredible audio book
I discovered it through MENTORBOX
I’m so glad
Is now 7 years that I listen and read self help books
And this is the pick that can bring all my materials together
I wish I could have had all of this in my younger age
I would like to cry
Many many thanks for this amazing book
Sincerely
Giuseppe Manzoli and Italian in Scotland

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  • Seb
  • 23-05-19

What a great book

Not self help but science help. In the hundreds of books that I have read of the genre, this is likely the most useful.

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  • bernard
  • 20-02-19

An exceptional book on Success

This book answered so many questions I've had about success, popularity and the herd-like mentality I've observed in society.
I always attributed these to luck or timing but the book does a great job at explaining different aspects of what makes something successful.

Definitely a book everyone should listen to.

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  • sbhandari
  • 14-01-19

Thought provoking

An interesting take on barriers to success in the worldly sense and how to make the best in a wildly competitive market

I agree with most of the 5 principles albeit need to experiment and follow up on the suggested themes

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-08-19

Insightful, analytic and very relevant

By applying pattern recognitions, trend analyses of large network clicks, hits and ratings, Barabasi gives a quantifiable answer to key psychological questions of what makes a successful person. The lessons (formula) are not only surprising, some confirmatory but seem to be (in the quantifiable world) replicable as any scientific formula would be. And yet: there are very good lessons to be learned from this book.
In addition, it is very well written, at times outright funny and engaging until the very last (quite visionary) pages. Highly relevant and enjoyable.