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The Algebra of Happiness: Finding the Equation for a Life Well Lived

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  3,429 ratings  ·  339 reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Four, Scott Galloway, a provocative book of hard-won wisdom for achieving a fulfilling career and life, based on his viral video of the same name.

Scott Galloway teaches brand strategy at NYU's Stern School of Business, but often his class veers to life strategy. His students are smart and hardworking, but they struggle with
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 16th 2019 by Portfolio
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Melanie  Bisson
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
We have dramatically different views of happiness. I think the title should be The Algebra of Happiness for Insanely Wealthy Men.
Diversity Horror
Jun 29, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldnt-finish
Great advice if you want a heteronormative, monogamous marriage with kids, and come from a privileged background. Otherwise you're going to find incredibly unhelpful advice from a man seemingly unaware of his own privilege, and wish he would shut the hell up about his kid already.

Galloway's writing comes off as smug, even bragging, which is another huge turn off. His advice is based solely on personal experience, not on any kind of QoL (quality of life) research and is therefore biased, in addi
Jun 24, 2019 rated it liked it
A bunch of small stories. It feels to me just a collection sometimes without a clear purpose. Nice and quick read. Author is new to me but probably famous anyway. I can’t help imagining his big ego jumping out of the paper (kindle) while reading it.
Jak Krumholtz
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Current reflections on their life by someone in the middle of trying to figure it out. This book is a good overview of Galloway, someone I've always admired, (despite probably being an asshole and not always agreeing with everything he says,) for pointing out when their predictions are wrong and cutting through corporate BS. He's found great rewards in having kids so the book has a big focus on that. Also love the focus on providing a loved one (his mother) with a good death. As it's bite-sized, ...more
Peter O'Kelly
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some related resources:
• YouTube presentation:
• Recode interview:
• Forbes interview:
Bartosz Majewski
Like everyone, I am struggling with personal happiness and balancing it with ambition and caring for others so every now and then I read something that may produce some findings on how to be a happier person. This is not a great book, it's not scientific but it's a personal account of a high achieving entrepreneur - a perspective close to mine and therefore valuable for me.

If you are, like me a frequent reader of Scott's No Mercy No Malice newsletter you've already read around 1/3 of this book.
A few memorable/interesting/funny moments, but mostly seemed like a book written to make a quick buck. Lots of aimless stories at the end.
Kimi Ceridon
Jul 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
I wish the description would have included that the primary audience was for man-children and sit-com caricature portrayals of men. The summary uses coded language like "brash" and "no-BS insight" to pretend the author is giving candid, straight-talking, frank advice with a hard-love kind of delivery, but what's really in the book is a highly privileged guy who led a highly privileged life doling out condescension, misogyny, tired old tropes about what makes up masculinity, men's roles in societ ...more
Scott Carpinteri
Wow, this book was impressive. I heard Galloway in several book-tour interviews talk about the book and decided to give it a read.

First off, I love that he starts the book owning that he has absolutely no formal training on the topic, but decided to put his life's lessons to print. Perhaps this sets the reader's expectations in a way for the author to under-promise and over-deliver. Well done.

The author just tells it like he has seen it. His style is brutally honest and simultaneously quite sinc
Brent Spilkin
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A 2-hour read every man in his prime should read.
I would love to turn this into a course.
Barbara Osmec
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
I rarely write reviews on Goodreads, but I feel like it's my duty to warn you before you start reading this book. The only reason I gave it 2 stars is because it's easy to read and I liked the drawings. However, everything else is an absolute disaster. This book has no beginning and no end, just him talking about his accomplishments and success while claiming he's a condescending asshole (I don't see the point of him emphasizing that as it's very noticeable from the beginning). Just skip this bo ...more
Nader Rizkalla
May 07, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Extremely empty and shallow. What a waste!

I paid $2 for a kindle edition and I want my money back.
Jul 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
Scott is a very naive man. An odd comment about a NYU Stern School of Business marketing professor but he is.
First he believes everyone wants to be married. Then he wants everyone to have children and finally one should be good to them. Ok I would agree there, if you have them you should be good to them, but not everyone either wants or has them. Finally he believes no one absolutely no one has a job they enjoy and like. At first i thought he was joking but as the story goes on, I realized he wa
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
I found the first half of the book more interesting than the second half. The first half was more like what you would expect from the title while the second half was more like "Scott Galloway's auto-biography" (which I never would read since I don't really know Scott Galloway). ...more
Marcelo Galdieri
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
A long version of Scott Galloway's YouTube video of the same name. Nothing earth-shattering, but a collection of going things we need to be reminded of as frequently as possible. ...more
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
A quick read with an author that is blunt and willing to admit his own flaws in the theories he now is sharing. Interesting perspective on a variety of topics and a read I would recommend to young professionals.
Jonathan H. LATER
Most books start out well, and this one follows suit. However, toward the middle of this inspirational book or self-improvement device, I noticed that there was too much speak about personal life circumstances and speak about struggles of becoming a CEO. For most people, the goal of becoming a CEO is outlandish as saying that you want be an astronaut at the age of 33, or something similar.
But, for the first 25 pages or so, there is some good content that applies to the "normals" those of us wor
Aug 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
I hadn't read any reviews or anything so I really had no expectations of this book. I ended up being disappointed. I felt like the book started off pretty well, simple "equations" depicted by illustrations followed by related anecdotes. Then it started going in random directions and I felt like the author was going off on tangents that really didn't relate to the overall theme of the book or sometimes even the theme of the chapter but for vaguely.
At first the author pointed out his flaws in a w
Vlad Bezden
Jun 15, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very primitive. I did not learn anything from this book. For me, it was just a waist of time.
Jameson Di Nucci
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was ok
I was intrigued to read this book after having Scott Galloway provide a keynote presentation at a work function a few weeks ago. The talk was sharp, fast, smart, and informative. I was hungry for more and gave a chance at his podcast. After a few episodes I felt a little disappointed that none had quite matched that same level of valuable info-tainment (I also found that the presentation I saw was near word for word with one of his podcast episodes).

I turned to this book, one he had mentioned se
Jan 12, 2021 rated it did not like it
This book was recommended to me by a woman CMO of a beauty brand, so I picked it up and was so excited to read. Unfortunately, Galloway shared his personal life experiences and had bizarre ways of offering advice. Mostly, blunt and non relatable advice. For example he writes about his child’s birth - “I witnessed the profoundly disturbing miracle of birth as my son rotated out of her. Note- I still think men should be out of the room. I felt pretty much none of the things you’re supposed to feel ...more
Eric Franklin
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're interested in tech or investing, or heaven forbid, tech investing, you should be following Scott Galloway on Twitter, his podcasts, and YouTube channels. He's backed by a great research team, as well as folks who build out great visuals, and when you put that together with his trademark rapid-fire, insightful, hyper-direct delivery, you end up with a highly effective presenter.

This book, however, is different than that. This book is about the highly personal distillation of his life ex
Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it
A concise worthwhile book with some useful insights. Most of the content should be obvious to people who have read anything in this genre previously (exercise regularly, increased wealth leads to higher life satisfaction but only up to a certain point, the power of compound interest) however it's the nature of these topics that we need to be reminded of them continuously, which this book does well. There are also a few principles stated through a "business school" framework which I thought was a ...more
Sarah Morgan
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Struggling with the stars for this little book. The author is an ass, but he admits that he’s an ass. So...well written????
But more importantly, he says hard truths about life, life in America, and the choices we all have within the structures thar we find ourselves in. For better or worse, he’s likely right about a lot of this, even though it’s a book full of things we wish were not true. There’s a pretty fundamental question here - do you live for the world you wish existed or the world you ar
Phil Simon
I blew threw this relatively short book in less than a day. I agree with much of what Professor Galloway writes and his honesty is downright refreshing. He's not afraid to call himself and others out for mistakes.

If I have a gripe, it's that I've seen a good bit of this movie before. I read his NM/NM newsletter and have watched many of his media appearances. If I hadn't followed him pretty closely over the past two years, then most of the book's content would have been new to me.
Caitlin O'Connor
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Experimenting with writing reviews, more so for my own reflection/historical record but perhaps others will find them useful too 🙃

I listened to this audiobook, and I really enjoy Scott’s voice/style of communication. His podcast for me is a refreshing alternative take in the current climate and I enjoy his YouTube videos as well.

Similar to other reviews, I definitely found this book a bit repetitive and easy to get thru the first half, harder thru the end.

While some of Scott’s views I find a bit
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very different but effective tome of career advice, reflections and observations of the author’s successes and failures and a prescription for love and meaning. Two thumbs up. Reflects Galloway’s passion, anger, regrets and lessons learned on his way to success as a professor if brand management at NYU - Stern.
May 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nothing super revolutionary but a cute read, and I'm sure it'll resonate a lot with dads. Though this definitely isn't marketed as a memoir, I liked learning more about his background and upbringing. This gets a four because I've bought into Scott Galloway universe. He's good at his job, so I care more about the things he says simply because he's saying them. As a world renowned brand strategist his personal brand is no exception. ...more
Prateek Nanda
Sep 28, 2020 marked it as to-read
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Scott Galloway is a clinical professor of marketing at the New York University Stern School of Business, and a public speaker, author, and entrepreneur. He was named one of the world's 50 best business school professors by Poets and Quants. ...more

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