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How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life | [Scott Adams]

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

Scott Adams has likely failed at more 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.
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Scott Adams has likely failed at more 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.

You won’t find a road map to success in this audiobook. But Adams hopes you can laugh at his failures while discovering some unique and helpful ideas on your own path to personal victory. As he writes: "This is a story of one person’s unlikely success within the context of scores of embarrassing failures. Was my eventual success primarily a result of talent, luck, hard work, or an accidental just-right balance of each? All I know for sure is that I pursued a conscious strategy of managing my opportunities in a way that would make it easier for luck to find me."

©2013 Scott Adams (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    VyTri Surrey, BC, Canada 12-22-13
    VyTri Surrey, BC, Canada 12-22-13 Member Since 2007

    I love books on personal development and entrepreneurship. For entertainment, I prefer the military sci-fi genre.

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    "Sucess advice from a cartoonist!"

    Okay, first, great book. Scott tells us his life story with career advice and life advice sprinkled in. So it's both a help book and an autobiography. Very cool. If you are shy, you need to read this book. It has some great advice: Success builds confidence and confidence suppresses shyness. Scott talks a lot about being able to re-program your brain, which is another way of putting mind over matter. You too can like country music if you put your mind to it. :) I will say that I didn't like the last few chapters on nutrition. I don't have a problem with my weight and I'm not a vegetarian, so while I can see it's value, it felt like a drag on an otherwise fantastic book. It will not dissuade me from buying the hard cover though!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Toronto, Ontario, Canada 03-05-14
    Scott Toronto, Ontario, Canada 03-05-14 Member Since 2008
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    "See It Through To Get The Value"

    I am part of the generation who worshiped Dilbert. Being an office dweller, I can fondly recall seeing Dilbert cartoons posted on the door's of office colleagues, and sometimes having my own favorite Dilbert cartoons that speak directly to the idiocy of the situation I find myself in.

    Thus I am already predisposed to like a serious business book written by the author of Dilbert.

    That being said, the book starts off with many many example of where the author has failed in life. The ideas he had before Dilbert that didn't work, the investments he's made in businesses after Dilbert became a success that failed, his personal medical problems that left him unable to speak in public for a long period of time. None of which are particularly funny, but serve the purpose of how he failed much more times than he has succeeded. Yet he's done very well.

    The latter half of the book is where the real meat of it is. Concrete advice on how to arrange your life. What subjects to study, where to invest your time, and little tips on how to increase your communication skills, speak in public, topics of small-talk conversations, and the like.

    It's not the perfect book. It's not something I recommend in lieu of the classics in the field of business or self-improvement. But it's worth your Audible credit and worth a listen. You'll be thinking of this book for days after you've finished reading it.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Duane Barker sacramento, CA 02-10-14
    Duane Barker sacramento, CA 02-10-14 Member Since 2010

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    "AMAZING BOOK"
    Where does How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best books I have ever read. True, its no Huckleberry Finn. But the humorous practical advice is priceless, with a droll description of how we do things correctly, and how we do them wrongly.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There are no characters, Dilbert IS the character.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    How he doesnt believe in affimations although they always work when he uses them.


    What did you learn from How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big that you would use in your daily life?

    How to be successful,a nd how to avoid failures,a nd how to persevere, in real life.


    Any additional comments?

    This guy is smarter than he looks. WEll, I've never seen him, but he says his mirror does not give a favorable report. He is funny and savvy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ishwar Long Beach, CA, United States 03-31-14
    Ishwar Long Beach, CA, United States 03-31-14 Member Since 2003
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    "Cartoonists have special insight !"
    If you could sum up How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big in three words, what would they be?

    In the old days courts used to have a jester who was allowed to make fun of everyone including the royals and nobles.
    Scott Adams does make fun of a lot of things and his keen insight and advice is very good. For e.g the idea of putting on gym clothes even if you feel too tired to exercise. It really works. It is simple but certainly effective. Read or listen to this and I hope you find it as useful as I did.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big?

    When I heard the advice to put on gym clothes even if I was too tired to go.


    What about Patrick Lawlor’s performance did you like?

    Voice and variety


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    4th River Ohio 11-17-13
    4th River Ohio 11-17-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book."
    What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big?

    Very open about his life, luck, motivation.


    What does Patrick Lawlor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Patrick was a little dry.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Adams' use and recommendation of affirmations.


    Any additional comments?

    Not a terribly funny book, but good motivation and still humorous.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Saud United States 04-14-14
    Saud United States 04-14-14 Member Since 2007

    Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.

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    "Interesting insight not to give up"

    This audiobook is written by the writer of Dilbert. It explains how to move from wherever you are to your optimal self, and not to be discouraged by failure. Nothing new here, except for the first part of the book where he discusses his series of failures which lead to him authoring the successful Dilbert comic strips. You can stop when he starts giving advice on exercise and diet. There's better, more specialized books on them than this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rufas T Firefly Fortunes Rocks Maine 04-17-14
    Rufas T Firefly Fortunes Rocks Maine 04-17-14 Member Since 2012

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    What disappointed you about How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big?

    The emperor has no cloths, this book has no story.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Metro 2033


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He neither detracted nor added to it -just there.


    What character would you cut from How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big?

    Scott, seems like a nice fellow, but not very interesting, certainly not interesting enough to be the subject of a book.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe it's just me, but book struck me as "what can I do now to squeeze more money from Dilbert".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David J. Hudson Chicago 04-17-14
    David J. Hudson Chicago 04-17-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Entertaining - but not too Coherent"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I suppose I shouldn't be surprised. Scott Adams specializes in quick humor, basically 10-20 second bursts of funny in his wonderful Dilbert comic strip. This book is kind of like that, really more a collection of anecdotes. The opening chapter promises sort of a theme, but there isn't much of a thread tying everything together. The anecdotes are fun, but the title almost tells you as much as anything in the story. Basically, the message is: Don't be afraid to fail. That doesn't necessarily make up a whole book, but this is fun for what it is worth.


    Which character – as performed by Patrick Lawlor – was your favorite?

    Patrick Lawlor's rendition of this book was spot-on. No issues with the performance.


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    James Rock Hill, SC, United States 04-16-14
    James Rock Hill, SC, United States 04-16-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great read l"
    What made the experience of listening to How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big the most enjoyable?

    The stories were funny but thought provoking. I found the concepts he presents to be useful and even though it might not be a self help book it helpd me.


    Have you listened to any of Patrick Lawlor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No this is the first one


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes in fact started today and I am almost finished.


    Any additional comments?

    Scott Adams is so funny and very intelligent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Saint Charles, MO, United States 04-16-14
    David Saint Charles, MO, United States 04-16-14 Member Since 2013

    An old tech geek with a love of reading, but with limited time. I love just about any genre'. A good book is a good book.

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    "Not the Typical Success Book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to a friend, and suggest that they get the print version as well. I don't like these 'success' books in general because they simply tend not to offer me much more than I already knew, but I like Scott Adams' style so I picked this up on the daily deal. It has given me a great deal to think about, and I intend to put into practice much of what Scott wrote about.

    I am giving my daughter and son each a copy of the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Scott Adams' view on goals as opposed to systems may be the one thing that helps me improve my life for the better.


    Which character – as performed by Patrick Lawlor – was your favorite?

    I don't know if this is intentional or not, but Mr. Lawlor spoke in a way that I could really imagine Mr. Adams would speak.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Again, the system vs. goal.


    Any additional comments?

    If you tend to be a goal oriented perfectionist that always feels you are behind the curve you should read this book.

    If you seldom enjoy reaching your goals because you know there is another one to shoot for you should read this book.

    If you laugh at the thought of stupid things like affirmations thinking only of Smiley from the SNL skits this book is for you.

    If you tend to be a pessimist, especially concerning your own self worth this book is for you.

    Will this book make your rich? No. Only you can do that by paying the price. But if you are looking for a knew way of viewing yourself within the world this is a great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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