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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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    Ishwar Long Beach, CA, United States 03-31-14
    Ishwar Long Beach, CA, United States 03-31-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Cartoonists have special insight !"
    If you could sum up How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big in three words, what would they be?

    In the old days courts used to have a jester who was allowed to make fun of everyone including the royals and nobles.
    Scott Adams does make fun of a lot of things and his keen insight and advice is very good. For e.g the idea of putting on gym clothes even if you feel too tired to exercise. It really works. It is simple but certainly effective. Read or listen to this and I hope you find it as useful as I did.


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

    When I heard the advice to put on gym clothes even if I was too tired to go.


    What about Patrick Lawlor’s performance did you like?

    Voice and variety


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

    Yes.


    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Timur G. Montreal, Canada 09-15-16
    Timur G. Montreal, Canada 09-15-16 Member Since 2017

    Timur Grigorchuk

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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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    TM 04-23-14
    TM 04-23-14

    TJM

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    "A Useful Book for Us Losers"
    Any additional comments?

    Lots of good advice. Some of which I have already started to incorporate in to my life.

    Slim on narrative and certainly repeats much that has already been said in other books on concepts such as Diet, Exercise, Will Power, Positive Affirmations.

    But I found it to be a useful aggregation supplemented with an individuals life experience.

    It is indeed like getting advice from a successful friend.

    Less humor that I expected, but a good listen.

    Patrick Lawlor is a good narrator for slightly playful, fairly simple books like this and iWoz. So he did great.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Claudia H Philadelphia, PA 07-06-16
    Claudia H Philadelphia, PA 07-06-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Some advice to take to heart"
    What other book might you compare How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big to and why?

    It's similar to a lot of self help books, but also reminded me of the style that Mindy Kaling rights in. You're being told a story, with some personal thoughts and advice thrown in.


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

    His voice was very upbeat, at first I didn't like it, but overtime it grew it on me.


    Could you see How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    The only thing this could be made into is a documentary..starring the author.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    pvcflyer NY 10-28-14
    pvcflyer NY 10-28-14 Member Since 2012
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone interested in Scott Adams life story, it is anecdotally biographical.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Fahrenheit 451


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Patrick Lawlor?

    Possibly, depends on the story. He is not the type of narrator that I would listen to any story he reads. In this case he does a fine job.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is highly personal to scott adams and his life story. Almost everything he has found to work for his life I have found to not pass my personal bs detector. Its great if you want to learn about scott adams life, but not particularly useful otherwise. If, like me, you decide part way in to drop the book, don't be fooled by other reviewers that "the best bits are at the end." They most assuredly are not.

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Deep Reader 04-14-14
    Deep Reader 04-14-14

    Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.

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    "Interesting insight not to give up"

    This audiobook is written by the writer of Dilbert. It explains how to move from wherever you are to your optimal self, and not to be discouraged by failure. Nothing new here, except for the first part of the book where he discusses his series of failures which lead to him authoring the successful Dilbert comic strips. You can stop when he starts giving advice on exercise and diet. There's better, more specialized books on them than this.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    4th River 11-17-13
    4th River 11-17-13
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    "Great book."
    What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big?

    Very open about his life, luck, motivation.


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

    Patrick was a little dry.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Adams' use and recommendation of affirmations.


    Any additional comments?

    Not a terribly funny book, but good motivation and still humorous.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    James S 05-15-17
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    this is forcing me to write 15 words, do here they are. one two three

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