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:
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.
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.
When I heard the advice to put on gym clothes even if I was too tired to go.
Voice and variety
Love the advice, love Scott's down to earth style and delivery. Would recommend to anyone at any stage of their life!
Lots of good advice. Some of which I have already started to incorporate in to my life.
Slim on narrative and certainly repeats much that has already been said in other books on concepts such as Diet, Exercise, Will Power, Positive Affirmations.
But I found it to be a useful aggregation supplemented with an individuals life experience.
It is indeed like getting advice from a successful friend.
Less humor that I expected, but a good listen.
Patrick Lawlor is a good narrator for slightly playful, fairly simple books like this and iWoz. So he did great.
It's similar to a lot of self help books, but also reminded me of the style that Mindy Kaling rights in. You're being told a story, with some personal thoughts and advice thrown in.
His voice was very upbeat, at first I didn't like it, but overtime it grew it on me.
The only thing this could be made into is a documentary..starring the author.
Anyone interested in Scott Adams life story, it is anecdotally biographical.
Possibly, depends on the story. He is not the type of narrator that I would listen to any story he reads. In this case he does a fine job.
This book is highly personal to scott adams and his life story. Almost everything he has found to work for his life I have found to not pass my personal bs detector. Its great if you want to learn about scott adams life, but not particularly useful otherwise. If, like me, you decide part way in to drop the book, don't be fooled by other reviewers that "the best bits are at the end." They most assuredly are not.
Someone who needs unfounded advice for everything they do.
I bought Scott Adams because I thought it would be funny. Instead, it's Scott Adams telling us how to do everything, such as thank people graciously and make conversation. I wasn't looking that kind of advice, and wouldn't seek if from a cartoonist. Succeeding in making a cartoon strip does not, in my opinion, qualify him to tell me how to make conversation.
Performance was fine.
Disappointed in Scott Adams. His advice may be fine when he gives speeches for particular purposes to particular groups, but is a bunch of self-righteous drivel when bunched together in a book.
I stopped partway through. Don't want to hear this junk.
Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.
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.
Very open about his life, luck, motivation.
Patrick was a little dry.
Adams' use and recommendation of affirmations.
Not a terribly funny book, but good motivation and still humorous.
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