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How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life | [Scott Adams]

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life

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.
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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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    Svetlana PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 08-05-14
    Svetlana PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 08-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliant Writer!"
    What did you love best about How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big?

    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.


    What does Patrick Lawlor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big?

    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.


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    Andrea 08-05-14
    Andrea 08-05-14
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    "My Husband & I both LOVED this book!"
    What made the experience of listening to How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big the most enjoyable?

    It was relevant, true, and I could not stop listening or thinking about it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big?

    Lots of laugh out loud funny moments... but still informative.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big?

    It was an attitude changer and a new way of looking at things.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the time and money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LMcL 07-18-14
    LMcL 07-18-14

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    "Perfect graduation present!"
    Where does How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big?

    Going to a job interview in casual clothes and without a coat.


    What does Patrick Lawlor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Emotion. Character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mama C 06-20-14
    Mama C 06-20-14 Member Since 2008
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    I bought this book because the review in the newspaper included great job advice, and I figured the creator of Dilbert would have interesting stories about the various jobs he'd held. The problem is that the review contained the most interesting stories. When I got to the chapter with a--h---- in the title and found it was repeated over and over, I decided I'd had enough. If you are a big Dilbert fan and find vulgar language amusing, this might be the book for you. I'm moving on.

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    Yvette Albuquerque 05-28-14
    Yvette Albuquerque 05-28-14
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    "Great life advice. Wonderful reader"
    What did you love best about How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big?

    I loved the practical advice. It was very real and encouraging. It was honest and tongue in cheek. I wish it were longer. I was disappointed when it ended. I wanted more.


    What does Patrick Lawlor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I don't think the book would have been as good if Patrick Lawlor had not read it. I actually thought Scott Adams himself was reading his own story. It never felt like I was being read to. It always felt like I was listening to someone on a stage, talking to an audience from his heart. No notes, just speaking. It was engaging and fun. Something about his vocal tone and pitch was truly pleasant. I am very grateful to have the privilege of listening to a true story teller.


    Any additional comments?

    The ending was a bit hokey. It went on for 2-3 chapter trying to convince the reader, or critics how the book is real and his story is true. It went against the rhythm and feel of the entire book. And, why? Why at the END of the book be defensive about it? If someone read that far, then they're all in, aren't they? I would have like to hear some more upbeat and positive tales other than "after that everything was great".

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    Aawendel 05-24-14
    Aawendel 05-24-14

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

    Someone who needs unfounded advice for everything they do.


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

    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.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Performance was fine.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I stopped partway through. Don't want to hear this junk.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rufas T Firefly Fortunes Rocks Maine 04-17-14
    Rufas T Firefly Fortunes Rocks Maine 04-17-14 Member Since 2012

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

    The emperor has no cloths, this book has no story.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Metro 2033


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He neither detracted nor added to it -just there.


    What character would you cut from How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big?

    Scott, seems like a nice fellow, but not very interesting, certainly not interesting enough to be the subject of a book.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe it's just me, but book struck me as "what can I do now to squeeze more money from Dilbert".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James San Antonio, TX United States 04-16-14
    James San Antonio, TX United States 04-16-14 Member Since 2012

    Just a proud daddy of the most beautiful girl in the world

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    What made the experience of listening to How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big the most enjoyable?

    The stories were funny but thought provoking. I found the concepts he presents to be useful and even though it might not be a self help book it helpd me.


    Have you listened to any of Patrick Lawlor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No this is the first one


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes in fact started today and I am almost finished.


    Any additional comments?

    Scott Adams is so funny and very intelligent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Richland, WA USA 05-05-14
    Susan Richland, WA USA 05-05-14 Member Since 2001
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    "Not What I Was Expecting, Nor What I Wanted"

    If you're looking for the humor of Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert comic strip, keep looking. If you're looking for one man's ideas about diet, exercise, and self affirmations, and his suggestions about how to apply them to your life, then this might be the book for you. I was not looking for a self-help book. I bought this because it was an Audible Daily Deal, AND because it was written by Scott Adams. It turns out that those reasons, alone or in combination, are not sufficient reasons to buy an audiobook, and least not for me. I almost chose to not finishing this book. I got pretty tired of hearing the same ideas, and the same disclaimers about them not being "advice" (read CYA here), over and over again. The only reason I chose to finish the book is that I do not like it when other reviewers give reviews of books they have not read, and I wanted to get on here and let others know that this is a self-help book, not humor. I enjoy the Dilbert comic strip, and believe that I will continue to enjoy it for some time to come. I will have to think long and hard, however, before I ever purchase another book by Scott Adams. When I finally got the the end of the book, my immediate reaction was along the lines of, "Thank GOD! Now I can listen to something I'll enjoy."

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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