How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big Kind of the Story of My Life Scott Adams has likely failed at things than anyone you ve ever met or anyone you ve even heard of So how did he go from hapless office worker and serial failure to the creator of Dilbert one of the

  • Title: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life
  • Author: Scott Adams
  • ISBN: 9781591846918
  • Page: 327
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Scott Adams has likely failed at things than anyone you ve ever met or anyone you ve even heard of So how did he go from hapless office worker and serial failure to the creator of Dilbert, one of the world s most famous syndicated comic strips, in just a few years In How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, Adams shares the strategy he has used since he wScott Adams has likely failed at things than anyone you ve ever met or anyone you ve even heard of So how did he go from hapless office worker and serial failure to the creator of Dilbert, one of the world s most famous syndicated comic strips, in just a few years In How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, Adams shares the strategy he has used since he was a teen to invite failure in, to embrace it, then pick its pocket No career guide can offer advice for success that works for everyone As Adams explains, your best bet is to study the ways of others who made it big and try to glean some tricks and strategies that make sense for you Adams pulls back the covers on his own unusual life and shares what he learned for turning one failure after another into something good and lasting Adams reveals that he failed at just about everything he s tried, including his corporate career, his inventions, his investments, and his two restaurants But there s a lot to learn from his personal story, and a lot of humor along the way While it s hard for anyone to recover from a personal or professional failure, Adams discovered some unlikely truths that helped to propel him forward For instance Goals are for losers Systems are for winners Passion is bull What you need is personal energy A combination of mediocre skills can make you surprisingly valuable You can manage your odds in a way that makes you look lucky to others.

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    About "Scott Adams"

    1. Scott Adams

      Librarian Note There is than one author in the database with this name See this thread for information.Adams was born in Windham, New York in 1957 and received his Bachelor s degree in Economics from Hartwick College in 1979.He also studied economics and management for his 1986 MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.In recent years, Adams has been hurt with a series of debilitating health problems Since late 2004, he has suffered from a reemergence of his focal dystonia which has affected his drawing 1 He can fool his brain by drawing using a graphics tablet On December 12, 2005, Adams announced on his blog that he also suffers from spasmodic dysphonia, a condition that causes the vocal cords to behave in an abnormal manner However, on October 24, 2006, he again blogged stating that he had recovered from this condition, although he is unsure if the recovery is permanent He claims to have developed a method to work around the disorder and has been able to speak normally since Also, on January 21, 2007, he posted a blog entry detailing his experiences with treatment by Dr Morton Cooper.Adams is also a trained hypnotist, as well as a vegetarian Mentioned in, Dilbert A Treasury of Sunday Strips 00.He married Shelly Miles on July 22, 2006.

    937 thoughts on “How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life”

    1. The first chapter of this book--along with the title--had me absolutely hooked. I have faced a lot of failure in my life, and it was really encouraging to hear Scott Adams, who eventually found success, talk about having a mentality of "inviting failure and then not letting it leave until you pick its pockets."But after the first couple chapters, things went rapidly down hill.The problem is that, as far his life is presented in the book, Scott Adams hasn't really known much meaningful failure *a [...]


    2. Preface: I randomly bought this book on my kindle when its ad popped up after I opened my kindle cover. I have a habit of impulsively buying/downloading arbitrary books onto my kindle and because thus far I've always been pleased with my stray purchases influenced by 's ads, I don't object to the marketing. I didn't know who Scott Adams is. I've heard of the Dilbert comic strip but that's it; never read them. I've never read any of his works until this book. My opinion of this book? Absolutely w [...]


    3. I love the Dilbert comics and The Dilbert Principle, so I thought this book would be an entertaining read. The book was initially rather funny, but became rather serious as it progressed. Any sprinkling of humour after the first few pages felt merely facetious rather than truly comical.I also felt a little cheated. Adams claims he’s got mediocre talent in writing, drawing and humour, and that his success was due to his being able to combine his several mediocre skills into a winning combinatio [...]


    4. Giving this three stars for purely subjective reasons.The book is on the whole very good: a mix of memoir and advice from someone who has made it big and wants to share some of the things he learned along the way.Where it fell apart for me was when he started talking diet. Adams jokes that you shouldn't take diet advice from a cartoonist. That should have inoculated me against reacting the way I did, but alas, it didn't. The problem is threefold: dietary success is based on a staggering mix of v [...]


    5. This book is awesome!Some context first: when I got this book, I had no idea what it was about. I just saw a book from Scott Adams, author of one of my favorite comics (Dilbert) and thought "It might be very interesting to read a book by this guy". It remained on my shelf for a few months and eventually I was bored and started reading it. And I really, really liked it.It's part self-help, part autobiography. Adams tells a couple of personal story and outlines his personal view on life. He invite [...]


    6. موضوع اصلی این کتاب اینه که راه رسیدن به موفقیت با ایجاد سیستم خیلی راحت تر و محتمل تر می شه و تعیین هدف های مشخص و دقیق بر خلاف نظر رایج باعث شکست و ناامیدی می شه. وقتی کار خاص یا هدف معینی رو دنبال می کنیم و به دنبال رسیدن اون هستیم تا قبل از رسیدن به اون حس نرسیدن به هدف(شکست) دا [...]


    7. I enjoyed this book very much. In it Scott Adams, the author of the comic strip Dilbert, tells us how he accomplished a very successful life after years perceiving himself as a failure. First he states that all his failures prepared him for his success. We tend to learn from our failures things that may help us in the future. He also proposed do not set goals instead use a system to accomplish tasks. An example of a system approach was told to him by a CEO of a screw making company. The CEO told [...]


    8. I wish I could have got hold of this a few years ago. It sure would have saved me some time and energy in acquiring some of the not-so-common sense and self-awareness as an adult. Definitely a book I'd recommend.These are mostly personal opinions of Scott, derived from patterns he's observed, on things that he considers are required to succeed at a practical level. I knowingly nodded my head at most of the book, while some parts did result in a puzzled frown. There are also workable mind hacks t [...]


    9. Read about 60-70% Witty, prudent, anecdotal. Could have been shorter/funnier. My biggest takeaway would be the systems vs goal theory. Makes so much sense.


    10. This is probably the best book that I’ve read on how to get my life together. It’s encouraging, motivating, and it helps that the author is entertaining, which one would expect, since he’s the creator of Dilbert. I’m not a Dilbert fan, but that didn’t stop me from loving this book. I really enjoyed his direct and simple writing style. I wish that this book had been published earlier in my life. This book was so good that I plan on re-reading it from time to time. Some of my favorite qu [...]


    11. Let me start by saying I'm a big fan of Dilbert. Having worked in a few bureaucracies, I've read more than one Dilbert strip that has happened to me. That said, this is not a Dilbert book. This is a self-help book. Fortunately, it's a good one. Adams's ability to distill ideas down to their basic elements is what makes this book a solid read. As an author, I agree with his premise that failure is essential to success. If you want to succeed, you have to be willing to fail. I wrote a lot of junk [...]


    12. It was "OK". Most of the insights offered I already knew, but still enjoyed his "take" on them. He always says not to take the advice of cartoonists and check with your doctor before taking any of his medical advice. I don't know why but that always made me chuckle inside. The most interesting part the book was learning of his voice illness and how he overcame that. All-in-all, he has had an interesting and charmed (he says to position yourself for luck to find you) life.



    13. I have never gotten past a chapter or two of a Tony Robbins or Dr. Phil book without quitting even though they have been recommended by smart people that I respect. I just figured it was a genre that doesn't work for me. It was no different than reading Isaac Asmiov and Larry Nevin without becoming a fan of science fiction books. Reading Scott Adams has given me a different perspective. I now think the wisdom from others only works practically if you are reading someone that shares enough of you [...]


    14. "You've heard the saying that knowledge is power. but knowledge of psychology is the purest form of that power.Systems vs Goals thinking. A goal is a specific objective that you either achieve or don't sometime in the future. A system is something you do on a regular basis that increases your odds of happiness in the long run. If you do something every day, it's a system. If you're waiting to achieve it someday in the future, it's a goal. If you achieve your goal, you celebrate and feel terrific [...]


    15. I'm pre-emptively giving this the "best book I read in 2015" award. It's witty, but more importantly, chalked full of life tactics and strategy. A significant chunk of the book covers energy-management techniques, with seemingly-solid discussions on diet and exercise aimed towards people who feel completely overwhelmed when they approach the literature in either of those topics (ie. me). I got a huge inspiration boost out of this book, and for the most part couldn't put it down -- except when it [...]


    16. Enjoyed this "how to succeed" tome especially since he acknowledges that much of what happens in life comes down to luck and timing - but the more skills you develop, the more things you try, the more effort you put into life, the luckier you seem to get. Thought his ideas on gleaning what one can from any failure - new ideas, new people, new approaches - certainly improve the odds for success. I was also fascinated by his medical condition as related to the loss of his speaking ability. Interes [...]


    17. Here is a book of life advice that every 18 year old should read. If you're long past 18, you should still read it. He combines a personal story of a major setback with wisdom that can only be acquired through years of failures with a sprinkling of success.Adams will reveal his secrets like using a system instead of goals, building skills necessary to make money in any environment and knowing how to be happy. There are plenty of examples of advice that I wish I had known when I was 18.


    18. This book was a revelation on the power of having systems and focusing on building energy rather than setting goals. What made it worth reading was the relatedness to his experiences and challenges, more so his approach towards them. I agree that being positive is important before we embark on anything important in life, also affirmations indeed help us to work in the right direction. He also writes about an another interesting way to look at life; failing is important, being selfish is a good t [...]


    19. It is an auto-biography with a lot of wit, quirkiness, opinions (which the author admits himself) and some great ways to hack yourself to success. You would be better off reading this one than not. Highly recommended.


    20. The content of this book was unexpected. I figured this would be a cartoonish self help book informed with the office-weary style Adams perfected with Dilbert. It isn’t that at all. Instead, this feels more like Adams is putting himself into competition with Timothy Ferriss’ books on style and method, if not subject. Adams’ take on goal setting was that it is much better to have an ingrained, repeated process that will allow you to get where you want to go but a process that can handle fai [...]


    21. Since this book was written by Scott Adams (creator of Dilbert comic strip), I was expecting a sarcastic, irreverent book on career success. While some of his ideas are unique for career advice, they do make sense. For example, he advises to have systems, not goals. Almost all books say to have goals and write them down. Scott Adams advises not to have goals. A goal would be like to lose 10 pounds. Until you lose that 10 pounds, you feel like a failure every step of the way. A system would be li [...]


    22. Scott Adams, the creator of 'Dilbert', has written this semi-self-help semi-autobiographical book. Unlike most books in this genre, I found pragmatic advice to better one's life. Scott Adams is self-aware. He warns us (the readers) to take advice from experts, the internet and even himself with a pinch of salt. He recognizes that everyone is different and that what works for him might not work for others. He tells us to go with our gut - if something in the book feels off kilter, then this is [...]


    23. This book turns a lot of accepted wisdom upside down, clearly a cartoonist can think out of the box and applies this to life. I particularly liked the idea that setting goals is completely useless unless you also have a 'system', i.e. something you do every day, that works towards your goal. That way you are not going to be frustrated and disappointed after a while that you haven't reached it, but just content when you have made your little contribution each time. Then one day you will be surpri [...]


    24. the decent book with life and business lessons from the Dilbert author. applying system instead of just setting a goal and some insights into the cartoon business.i have changed the rating after a few days from 4 to 5 stars because some ideas from the book still live in my head:- judge the quality / impact of the food after few hours after you eat it by measuring your energy level- the most important thing is to save energy for your business / creative work so need to avoid "energy eaters" at al [...]


    25. Humorous vignettes of advice peppered by scott adams' experiences. An entertaining, feel good type of book. Cool things i've learnt about dilbert's creator, he actually embarked on quite a few failed entrepreneurial adventures in the past ranging from grocery home delivery services (that exists today, after the book was published in 2013) to one-ready-nutritious0-meal-for-busy-people (a.k.a. soylent in today's terms) and investing in online video start ups years before youtube.



    26. Got me hooked from the first pages. I was easy to read and understand. Comes with some fresh ideas about success and I will probably search for more books written by him.


    27. It was OK. I guess I was expecting it to be funnier and more insightful but maybe I've just read too many self-help books. Can't say I agree with his thoughts on diet (to be fair, he said to not trust anything he says) but some of the other advice is sound. I did enjoy the parts about how he fought through some of his own personal issues.I think I would have enjoyed this better if it were an audiobook as reading through it felt like a chore at some points.



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