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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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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 Member Since 2016

    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.


    2 of 2 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.

    3 of 4 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 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.

    4 of 7 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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    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.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Ahmad Chishty Fremont, CA, US 08-30-16
    Ahmad Chishty Fremont, CA, US 08-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "AMAZING"

    This book was surprisingly insightful- I've always found Dilbert to be very funny but never expected Scott Adams to give such insight and readily applicable way to improve life in the day-to-day sense... I was as surprised as I was overjoyed to listen to this book not to mention that the narrator was extremely entertaining as well! This is one of the best narrations I've heard so far, the voice and performance was amazing. This book is definitely worth listening to regardless of age and contains extremely valuable lessons for anyone who wants to have a sane life with all the insanity that is put in front of us by way of marketing and the so-called experts and gurus.

    Thanks Scott!

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    RRivas 08-29-16
    RRivas 08-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Somewhat interesting"

    Scott Adam's is a quirky and funny writer with a keen eye for patterns. The beginning of the book has some interesting and potentially even useful information, such as relying on goals rather than systems. However towards the end of the book it seems just like the end of a blowout basketball game, the garbage time. Any and all information is thrown in. Adams is quick to point out that tips he is presenting in areas such as diet and affirmations are what has worked for him and that's all. but the whole discussion seems a bit muddled, like he was struggling for content after the good bits were done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anita Smith 08-25-16
    Anita Smith 08-25-16
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    "look @ yourself with more positivity after reading"

    helped me.
    I definitely don't feel so shitty about my not yet obtained success. seriously. give it a try. I don't even like Dilbert.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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