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How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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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    TM 04-23-14
    TM 04-23-14

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    "A Useful Book for Us Losers"
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    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kyle 08-05-16
    Kyle 08-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Hypnotically Motivating"

    I listened to this book mostly on my way to and from work. It increased my motivation and got me excited about things I've always tried to force myself to get excited about. If your looking to steer your life towards a path to success this book will help guide you. It will give you a system to make your own simple systems to acquire happiness.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Premo Los Angeles 07-18-14
    Ken Premo Los Angeles 07-18-14 Member Since 2004
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    "What happened to funny"

    I wanted to like this book. I enjoy the Dilbert cartoons and this seemed to be a chance to become familiar with the man behind the comic strip. And perhaps that's the problem. Written like a self-help book based on the author's travails, it comes across as egotistical, dry and preachy. The narrator's monotone voice with its sarcastic inflections would have been perfect for reading the comic strip but it is too much for a full book.

    Couldn't finish the book and gave-up halfway through it.

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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

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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    4th River 11-17-13
    4th River 11-17-13
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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.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Deep Reader 04-14-14
    Deep Reader 04-14-14

    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.

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    dreamwalker 09-30-16
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    "awesome book"

    this book had some common sense tips, was very easy to listen to, and different from other Improvement books I've read, I really enjoyed it and recommend it for anyone

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    Ernest Kiwele Midrand, South Africa 09-28-16
    Ernest Kiwele Midrand, South Africa 09-28-16 Member Since 2015

    In the name of unbiased knowledge, and of purposeful rationality and of audio books.

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    "A ton of blunt truth and transparency"
    Where does How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Somewhere in the top 20.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Scott's eagerness to share as much information as possible, despite the number of potential setbacks to that.


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

    Narrator sounded like a true character of the book. Perfect voice to match the author's tone.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not just a book about some form of resilience to failure, it rather is a book about lessons learned along a life of rising back from failure and defeating obstacles.

    The book would typically fail a "just enough content" test, but the "kind of the story of my life" subtitle would make up for that. You'll read about psychology, motivation, diet, and more; all from a self-proclaimed "not an expert at anything". It's interesting that all this apparently extraneous material didn't seem unnecessary. You may have read about all this in other books, but the context of this life story makes these lessons enjoyable in a completely different light.

    The top lesson of course is about not letting anything be between now and the desired life, or making the most out of barriers. About that, this book doesn't disappoint.

    A number of concepts will fail your quick test of reason (you'll think), but, hey, they're from a cartoonist!

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    Amazon Customer Scotland 09-26-16
    Amazon Customer Scotland 09-26-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Great story and lessons"

    A great book with amazing story. The reading was distinctively well done and made this book easy to absorb.

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    Paul Strauss Delray Beach, Florida 09-23-16
    Paul Strauss Delray Beach, Florida 09-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Pragmatic Not Dogmatic"

    One of the better books on success that I have read or listen to. The author has an obvious track record of success, however it's not what you would think. It's more like what you have or are currently experiencing. If you are trying a lot of different things, and if you hit the wall a few times then you are doing it right according to Scott Adams. I highly recommend listening to this title.

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