The Algebra of Happiness

Notes on the Pursuit of Success, Love, and Meaning

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Publisher Description

An unconventional book of wisdom and life advice from renowned business school professor and New York Times bestselling author of The Four Scott Galloway.

Scott Galloway teaches brand strategy at NYU's Stern School of Business, but his most popular lectures deal with life strategy, not business. In the classroom, on his blog, and in YouTube videos garnering millions of views, he regularly offers hard-hitting answers to the big questions: What's the formula for a life well lived? How can you have a meaningful career, not just a lucrative one? Is work/life balance possible? What are the elements of a successful relationship?

The Algebra of Happiness: Notes on the Pursuit of Success, Love, and Meaning draws on Professor Galloway's mix of anecdotes and no-BS insight to share hard-won wisdom about life's challenges, along with poignant personal stories.

Whether it's advice on if you should drop out of school to be an entrepreneur (it might have worked for Steve Jobs, but you're probably not Steve Jobs), ideas on how to position yourself in a crowded job market (do something "boring" and move to a city; passion is for people who are already rich), discovering what the most important decision in your life is (it's not your job, your car, OR your zip code), or arguing that our relationships to others are ultimately all that matter, Galloway entertains, inspires, and provokes.

Brash, funny, and surprisingly moving, The Algebra of Happiness represents a refreshing perspective on our need for both professional success and personal fulfillment, and makes the perfect gift for any new graduate, or for anyone who feels adrift.

Health, Mind & Body
May 14
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

SoEducated ,

Great read

Enjoyed reading this book that lead to a lot of self reflection.

FlashHack ,

Street Smarts without Wisdom

Very entertaining and humorous, but hardly an equation for happiness. Like a hacker that has taught himself how to code, Scott has managed to stumble on some insights while missing other, larger ones. In the final part of the book he states that he is “100 percent sure there is no god” and then talks of the benefits of being grateful for what you have and even “praying”? Praying to who? Grateful to who? This doesn’t feel like 100 percent. If Scott put as much effort into debugging his atheism as he has his other relationships he might have offered a happier ending. But he is in marketing and knows that wouldn’t be as big a seller. Tsk.

Don Swet ,

Insight of being a son and a father

Scott is a great economics professor. He can convey numbers in a really humble way.

For this book, he has taken that skill and applied it to personal life lessons and wisdom. There’s a bit of biography in here as well as a bit of self-help.

Ultimately, he’s talking directly to you, the reader, and telling you there are certain mistakes (which he has made and felt the sting of their consequences) you should work to avoid.

5/5. One of the most personally influential books I’ve ever read.

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