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.
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.
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.
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.
Audible is better than TV
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.
Scott Adams' view on goals as opposed to systems may be the one thing that helps me improve my life for the better.
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.
Again, the system vs. goal.
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.
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.
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.
In the name of unbiased knowledge, and of purposeful rationality and of audio books.
Somewhere in the top 20.
Scott's eagerness to share as much information as possible, despite the number of potential setbacks to that.
Narrator sounded like a true character of the book. Perfect voice to match the author's tone.
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!
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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