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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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    freyawyn Michigan, USA 09-21-16
    freyawyn Michigan, USA 09-21-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Some new ideas"

    I liked this as a self help book because Scott Adams has some new ideas that resonate well with me, including his ideas about systems vs goals. There were some minor parts I found a bit sexist, but overall, I got a bit out of it. Worth reading.

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    sushi618 Carmel, IN 09-21-16
    sushi618 Carmel, IN 09-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    Simply awesome and certainly worth the listen. Everyone should hear this at least once but probably more.

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    John 09-20-16
    John 09-20-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Original Thinker"

    Nobody will accuse Scott Adams as a blind follower. This book is full of his experiences and insights on overcoming adversity and gaming life in general. I highly recommend it.

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    Dan'l Leviton CA United States 09-20-16
    Dan'l Leviton CA United States 09-20-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Another "here's what worked for me, or seemed to""
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Scott Adams is very successful and very thoughtful. There are kernels of wisdom in here for almost everyone. There is less humor than I expected. And there are some really misguided notions. Read critically.


    Would you recommend How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big to your friends? Why or why not?

    Adams warns us not to take diet advice from a cartoonist. He's right about that. It's not because he is not a doctor. Most doctors know nothing about nutrition. It's because he thinks cheese can be eaten without limit and fats satisfy hunger in a healthy way. It's because he knows he can't justify affirmations in reason but recommends trying them, because they seemed to work for him.


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    John Anderson 09-19-16
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    I listened in my car, but there were times I felt I needed a pen and paper to take notes.

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    "self help and support"

    good book . I liked the overall message of it.

    work hard . be you. eat well. live.

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    stuart 09-16-16
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    this book is well written. It's helpful but not cheesy "motivational" bs. I recommend it.

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    R. Giles Bay Area, CA 09-15-16
    R. Giles Bay Area, CA 09-15-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Very enjoyable, and unique way at looking at thing"

    This is a good self help book that uses non conventional ways of looking at things. I enjoyed it and the narrator had a good vocal presentation of the book.

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    Timur Grigorchuk Montreal, Canada 09-15-16
    Timur Grigorchuk Montreal, Canada 09-15-16 Member Since 2016

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    "What a practical great book!"

    Love the advice, love Scott's down to earth style and delivery. Would recommend to anyone at any stage of their life!

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    Steak House Texas 09-14-16
    Steak House Texas 09-14-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Ever wonder how to get what you want?"

    Read or listen to(whatever you'll process better) this book. Scott's right, every book impacts you in a fundamental way. The ideas expressed are the kind you need and want in your life; even though you don't know them yet. They are the kind you've been waiting for to help put all the pieces of the puzzle in order. Trust me, you're on the right track. Now do yourself a favor and follow it to the last page.

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