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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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    Rick H. 01-06-17
    Rick H. 01-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing"

    I am not A fan of Dilber, I don't hate it, I just haven't read it. I got this audio book a couple months ago. because it was on sale, and had good reviews. I was bored this afternoon, so I started listening. it was a fun book, with some interesting advice.

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    Joshua M. 12-29-16
    Joshua M. 12-29-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Solid Advice. Goals are for losers"

    Scott Adams delivers a solid guide for life in an information overload era. Arm your BS detector and dive in. I wasn't that interested in the diet advice, but the rest was very interesting.

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    Tom Szczypka 12-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing book"

    Great all around, highly recommend. This guy speaks bluntly but its very effective. Go ahead

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    Velpean Dallas, TX USA 12-27-16
    Velpean Dallas, TX USA 12-27-16 Member Since 2016

    You are always more than your thoughts can think you are

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    "Success crash course"

    Absolutely stellar and lots of fun- Scott gives sage advice that I wouldn't have thought I'd encounter here, yet so glad I did. Let go of goals and saddle up a system! Some stuff seems so obvious now, but certainly wasn't before- thank you Scott!!

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    Daniel Robert 12-26-16
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    "Well, now I have to get the print copy..."

    An analytical approach to systems-based success. Basically, an entertaining how-to on engineering success. Well done.

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    Nick Pandza 12-20-16
    Nick Pandza 12-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A geat read, I would highly reccommend it."

    Anyone interested in a personal development book, mixed with a biography and told with comedic undertones - please give this a try.

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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anecdotal support is like strong perfume, a little goes a long way. I lost interest in the first part of the book when it got mired in lack-luster anecdotes. Somehow, I expected more from someone with Dilbert's wit, but I guess the writing skills required for a succinct four-box format does not translate easily into skill for prose.


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    LABroosevelt 12-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "a wonderful overview of life"

    I was amazed by what the Dilbert guy had to say. I am junkie for biz boos and self helpish skill building books. this was everything rolled into one.

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    Abdulwahab Alzamel 12-11-16

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    "Different angle"

    I liked the approach of how to figure out the cause of failure then learn from.

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    RP Linderson USA 12-05-16
    RP Linderson USA 12-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    No bullshit. This might be my favorite "self help" book ever. And I've read most of them. Probably doesn't hurt I've always wanted to be a cartoonist myself but that's not necessary to enjoy it. It's a real life sort of self help. No fru fru fluff. I'm going to buy a hard copy to have as well.

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