Synopses & Reviews
Esquire editor and Entrepreneur etiquette columnist Ross McCammon delivers a funny and authoritative guide that provides the advice you really need to be confident and authentic at work, even when you have no idea whatand#8217;s going on.
Ten years ago, before he got a job at Esquire magazine and way before he became the etiquette columnist at Entrepreneur magazine, Ross McCammon, editor at an in-flight magazine, was staring out a second-floor window at a parking lot in suburban Dallas wondering if it was five oand#8217;clock yet. Everything changed with one phone call from Esquire. Three weeks later, he was working in New York and wondering what the hell had just happened.
This is McCammonand#8217;s honest, funny, and entertaining journey from impostor to authority, a story that begins with periods of debilitating workplace anxiety but leads to rich insights and practical advice from a guy who and#147;made itand#8221; but who still remembers what itand#8217;s like to feel entirely ill-equipped for professional success. And for life in general, if weand#8217;re being completely honest. McCammon points out the workplace for what it is: an often absurd landscape of ego and fear guided by social rules that no one ever talks about. He offers a mix of enlightening and often self-deprecating personal stories about his experience and clear, practical advice on getting the small things rightand#151;crucial skills that often go unacknowledgedand#151;from shaking a hand to conducting a business meeting in a bar to navigating a work party.and#160;
Here is an inspirational new way of looking at your job, your career, and success itself; an accessible guide for those of us who are smart, talented, and ambitious but who arenand#8217;t well-and#147;leveragedand#8221; and donand#8217;t quite feel prepared for success . . . or know what to do once weand#8217;ve made it.and#160;
"Every chapter is a welcome reminder that you are not so smart-yet you're never made to feel dumb. You Are Not So Smart is a dose of psychology research served in tasty anecdotes that will make you better understand both yourself and the rest of us. It turns out we're much more irrational than most of us think, so give yourself every advantage you can and read this book."
"You Are Not So Smart is the go-to blog for understanding why we all do silly things."
"You'd think from the title that it might be curmudgeonly; in fact, You Are Not So Smart is quite big-hearted."
"In an Idiocracy dominated by cable TV bobbleheads, government propagandists, and corporate spinmeisters, many of us know that mass ignorance is a huge problem. Now, thanks to David McRaney's mind-blowing book, we can finally see the scientific roots of that problem. Anybody still self-aware enough to wonder why society now worships willful stupidity should read this book." -David Sirota, author of Back to Our Future: How the 1980s Explain the World We Live In Now
We're smarter after reading McRaney's book.
Even seasoned psych lovers will learn something new.
"McRaney argues, with amusing exasperation..."
—The Wall Street Journal
"We're smarter after reading McRaney's book."
—The Charlotte Observer
"Even seasoned psych lovers will learn something new."
An entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs that make us feel wise.
You believe you are a rational, logical being who sees the world as it really is, but journalist David McRaney is here to tell you that you're as deluded as the rest of us. But that's OK- delusions keep us sane. You Are Not So Smart is a celebration of self-delusion. It's like a psychology class, with all the boring parts taken out, and with no homework.
Based on the popular blog of the same name, You Are Not So Smart collects more than 46 of the lies we tell ourselves everyday, including:
An entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs that make us feel wise, based on the popular blog of the same name.
Whether you’re deciding which smartphone to purchase or which politician to believe, you think you are a rational being whose every decision is based on cool, detached logic. But here’s the truth: You are not so smart. You’re just as deluded as the rest of us—but that’s okay, because being deluded is part of being human.
Growing out of David McRaney’s popular blog, You Are Not So Smart reveals that every decision we make, every thought we contemplate, and every emotion we feel comes with a story we tell ourselves to explain them. But often these stories aren’t true. Each short chapter—covering topics such as Learned Helplessness, Selling Out, and the Illusion of Transparency—is like a psychology course with all the boring parts taken out.
Bringing together popular science and psychology with humor and wit, You Are Not So Smart is a celebration of our irrational, thoroughly human behavior.
About the Author
has been a senior editor at Esquire
magazine since 2005, where heand#8217;s responsible for the magazineand#8217;s coverage of pop culture, drinking, cars, and etiquette. He has edited Esquire
and#8217;s and#147;Dubious Achievement Awardsand#8221; and the long-running annual feature and#147;The Best Bars in America,and#8221; writes the monthly feature and#147;The Rules,and#8221; and is a frequent contributor to the magazineand#8217;s back-page humor section and#147;This Way Out.and#8221; For three years he has been the business etiquette columnist at Entrepreneur
magazine. His humor has been collected in Created in Darkness by Troubled Americans: The Best of McSweeneyand#8217;s Humor Category
, edited by Dave Eggers. He lives in Westchester County, New York, with his wife and son.