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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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    David J. Hudson Chicago 04-17-14
    David J. Hudson Chicago 04-17-14

    lyricsandbook

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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.


    1 of 1 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

    Audible is better than TV

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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 7 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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    pvcflyer NY 10-28-14
    pvcflyer NY 10-28-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Should have quit reading"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone interested in Scott Adams life story, it is anecdotally biographical.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Fahrenheit 451


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Patrick Lawlor?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 5 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.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    william 06-22-16
    william 06-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "If I could meet the author of shake his hand"

    Very good book, awesome skills that I plan to incorporate into my life. very worth a read.

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    JEFF CUNNINGHAM 06-19-16 Member Since 2011
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    "It's better than a Dil Burrito"

    I think some people think as I do. I doubt it's all correct but we take our experiences and mold them into a convoluted logic . With that we define and react to the world and it's BS. Perhaps we are just code in some crazy galactic computer. Either way I identify with this book. I enjoyed the read and feel it will change my SYSTEM of approaching personal challenges. Thanks Scott.

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    Rick Gardner 06-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "My Newest Favorite. Engaging Narration"

    Great practical guide for never giving up and making failure your friend. Awesome Narration. I love this audio book!

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    kiki 06-04-16
    kiki 06-04-16
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    "Easily in my top 5."

    I've read a lot of success/motivation type books, and this one easily fits in the top 5 most beneficial to me. It was very easy and enjoyable to listen to, thanks to a great narrator and entertaining content. My biggest takeaway that was a game changer versus all of the other information I've been told: goals are for losers, systems are for winners.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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