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.
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.
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.
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.
Patrick Lawlor's rendition of this book was spot-on. No issues with the performance.
Giving out fewer stars because I was inflating my start in a way that did not differentiate the mediocre and the fantastic.
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.
I would absolutely recommend this book to a friend.
I've read or listened to all the great "how to succeed" books, but few have offered as much great advice and living advice as this one. Scott did a great job of explaining his systems and thinking about work and life, and why they led him to success.
I can say honestly that this book is life changing. It's one that I'll be re-listening to more than a few times.
On top of being full of great advice and thinking strategies, it's really funny and honest. Scott Adams has written what might be the perfect book for anyone seeking a good life.
The chapter in which he explains how food affects energy, and why it's important to pay attention to how you feel after consuming different kinds of food. But the whole book is full of great stuff.
If you've read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, The Power of Habit, and Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People. You want to stay away. Seems like he read all these and Wrote about his experiences using the methods taught in each book. Even refers to all three in some point in the book. IF you haven't read those 3 books. I would definitely suggest you pick up this because it's like you're getting 3 for the price of one. Along with some additional humor added. For me this book was a nice reminder and what i was looking for at the time.
wasn't boring and had a lot of unique and interesting points of view.
parts of it made me laugh - it is written by a cartoonist, after all...
A lot of what he said took me by surprise, it was a real pleasure to listen to and I will probably listen to again and again.
Scott Adams really knows how to communicate with his audience and he portrays serious topics alongside humor really well, without ever losing the message of the book in the details.
Patrick Lawlor did a phenomenal reading, I truly perceived his voice as being the voice of Scott Adams, he embodied the work so beautifully, it was absolutely flawless.
There was definitely plenty of advice that you could potentially follow, but above all else, I couldn't stop listening because afterwards I always felt happier and more inclined towards productivity. This audiobook has done for me what no amount of encouragement from anywhere else ever could. I applaud Scott Adams genius in writing and Patrick Lawlor's talent in making the words come alive.
It was relevant, true, and I could not stop listening or thinking about it.
Lots of laugh out loud funny moments... but still informative.
It was an attitude changer and a new way of looking at things.
Well worth the time and money.
Tiggi Lit Lee
In the top 20%. It's a self-help book told by someone who learned it all the hard way. He tells the truth and sometimes it's pretty funny too. There are lots and lots of tips on how the world really works in here. Easy to read. Not guilt inducing. Gives you an edge up.
Going to a job interview in casual clothes and without a coat.
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