Tips from a Curmudgeon: How to Get Ahead

August 5, 2014 – Tom Woods hosts CharlesScreen-Shot-2014-08-05-at-3.58.14-PM1 Murray for today’s episode of the podcast to discuss topics including how to present yourself in an office environment, what it takes to be a good writer, and other tips on getting ahead.

Murray discusses his new book, “A Curmudgeon’s Guide to Getting Ahead: Dos and Don’ts of Right Behavior, Tough Thinking, Clear Writing, and Living a Good Life.” Murray is the author of several books including “The Bell Curve,” which he co-authored with Richard Herrnstein of Harvard University. He’s been at the American Enterprise Institute since 1990.

Murray explains where the idea for the book came from:

It all started as a lark, really. At AEI, we have an intranet, which is available only to the staff. Some of my colleagues started posting a weekly tip on English usage, which a whole lot of the younger members of the staff needed because they’re English leaves something to be desired. And I decided what I would do is add on some of my pet peeves as tips for how to get along in an office environment. For example, excise the word “like” from your spoken English. There is nothing that drives me crazy more than somebody who uses “like” as verbal punctuation as they’re going along. So for several weeks, I had a weekly tip and I called it the curmudgeon’s guide because these were very curmudeon-like.