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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
Written by: 
Scott Adams
Narrated by: 
Patrick Lawlor
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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    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.

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    Maelstrom 06-02-16
    Maelstrom 06-02-16
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    "Very interesting"

    This book provides a simple, reasonable way of thinking and observing which will allow you to develop a system to enhance your ability to seize opportunities and increase your chances at success whatever your definition of success might be. I believe everyone should read this book because some the ideas within are so crucial to personal progress you will look back at your earlier struggles and wonder why you were so ignorant of the right mode of thinking.
    In print I would give this book five stars. I have to dock a star for the audio version because although Patrick Lawlor does a great job at narrating, I personally can't stand the quality of his voice. Perhaps it's just a peculiarity of my personal tastes and experiences but he just sounds like a douchebag. I particularly hate his pronunciation of words with a long "U" vowel. He enunciates them so strongly it takes over the entire word. Example: assume = assyeuuwm. And there are a lot of "U" words in this book. If you can handle that or you are a fan of Mr. Lawlor, you will have no problems listening to this book, as the delivery is impeccable.

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    Ben Jordan 06-01-16
    Ben Jordan 06-01-16
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    "I recommend this book highly"

    I love Scott's down to earth style and reasoning. This is a practical book for normal people who need to fins immediate small improvements that add up and make you actually get somewhere good. Life is about the directions you head in more than the end destination and this book's emphasis on systems over goals is very much in tune with that reality.

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    951Jimbo Corona, CA 05-31-16
    951Jimbo Corona, CA 05-31-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Good book, enjoyable listen"

    The performance was great!
    The advice was insightful. Some things I already intuitively understood; but I hadn't formulated them into cohesive structures or "systems"
    I felt that the ongoing story about Adam's speaking problem was too long and not that interesting.
    I love what Adams wrote about passion and success.

    Good read, recommended.

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    Amazon Customer 05-26-16
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    "Very disappointing... Too many discliamers."

    Too many disclaimers and repeats of "I'm a famous cartoonist"... Listening became tedious. Don't give up your day job.

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    Naked and Hungry Washington, DC - USA 05-13-16
    Naked and Hungry Washington, DC - USA 05-13-16

    Army Medic trades life of lust & danger for safer, sedentary pursuits. Now controlled by naked cats; allowed small indulgence in Audiobooks

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    What disappointed you about How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big?

    boring and never goes anywhere specific. the writer didn't fail, just didn't care.


    Has How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big turned you off from other books in this genre?

    most of these books are self serving and not helpful


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    didn't help further the story or make it more interesting


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big?

    I wouldn't have published the book


    Any additional comments?

    don't buy it

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    Michael 05-11-16
    Michael 05-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "This is not actually a book"

    Scott does a great job in this manual, convincing the reader to get good at life. I was persuaded.

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