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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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Very concrete and practical guide for success!

Scott Adam provide the very practical approach to thinking through what you need to do in order to be successful. His approach to using systems is an excellent way to keep your motivation up in the face of disappointment and setbacks in life while learning the things you need to learn in order to be successful. Just that one concept is enough to make this audiobook I top 10 in my selection for success.

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Exactly What I Needed

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

I had to stop to write this review after he spoke on psychology. With the election last year and the seemingly endless parade of non-sense that has followed, I have been especially frustrated and confused lately. Scott Adams explained exactly why I've been feeling this way. I keep expecting people to think rationally about politics and the future, it blows my mind when I see people actively working against their own self interest. Now I know what is going on, if only there were any real ways to solve this issue, but that's a matter for a different book.

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It took me forever to start this book after I bought it, and I really wish I hadn't waited. It's full of gold. Do not hesitate.

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Great advise.

My biggest takeaway is: goals are for loosers, systems are for winners. Totally agree with it.

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I finished the book in 2 days and loved it!

Amazing book highly recommended! The part that I liked the most is where it explains how to have a system instead of a goal. For me it was a very specific guide of how to start developing useful skills that could bring me closer to my goals.

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Simply Smooth!

the book contained practical insights tips bio hacks to success. and it was quite humorous

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Set system Get results

Highly recommended for everyone. One can find solutions to all of their problems after completing this book. it's more about how to minimize your odds of failure and win big.

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Like a funny Tim Ferris

He offers a ton of really good advice about getting your life in order. He's definitely a fringe thinker, but in a good way. Entertaining and inspiring. Great book.

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Great book!

So inspiring for anyone, especially for entrepreneurs! can listen over & over again- it's that good!

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Fascinating and practical!

This funny and clearly articulated work of 'self help' is well worth your time. It made me laugh, and it offered many straightforward strategies for improving one's life/outcomes.

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excellent: prefer Scott Adams to do the narration.

I would prefer Scott Adams to do the narration, but Patrick Lawlor did a excellent job.

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