How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big

Kind of the Story of My Life

Book - 2013
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Blasting clichéd career advice, the contrarian pundit and creator of Dilbert recounts the humorous ups and downs of his career, revealing the outsized role of luck in our lives and how best to play the system.

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 game plan he's followed since he was a teen: invite failure in, embrace it, then pick its pocket.

No career guide can offer advice 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 how he turned one failure after another--including his corporate career, his inventions, his investments, and his two restaurants--into something good and lasting. There's a lot to learn from his personal story, and a lot of entertainment along the way. 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.

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."
Publisher: New York : Portfolio/Penguin, 2013.
ISBN: 9781591846918
Branch Call Number: 741.56973 ADA
Characteristics: 248 pages :,illustrations


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Mar 23, 2018

Funny book about improving your productivity; I giggled while reading it more than once.

Jul 27, 2017

Everyone has fails and successes and he writes about both-especially the fails but that's not all bad. He has a sense of humor in this book (after all, Dilbert!) but it's not a slapstick book but many amusing anecdotes from his work life.

He offers things that have worked for him such as developing a system that works rather than a random list of goals. He also writes how valuable short courses from Dale Carnegie or a simple business writing course were life changing.

Buffy5 Jan 11, 2017

Adams writes with great humility about things that have worked for him and things that haven’t. I’m not a laugh out loud sort of person but this book caught me smiling. I love his framing of “goals are for losers, systems are for winners.” I will keep that in mind as I approach my own challenges.

Oct 20, 2016

Adams warns that one should be leery of taking life lessons from cartoonists. Yet, he provides us with an amusing and insightful narrative of his own life lessons that may help the rest of us get through our own journeys. Even if you don't lend a lot of credence to what he advises, it is an enjoyable read.

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