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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4883 KB
  • Print Length: 247 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1591847745
  • Publisher: Portfolio (22 October 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00COOFBA4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
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Great book - the notion that several 'slightly better than average' skills plus a system, beats elite skills plus a goal, is really an important insight.

"Non-advice advice" from smart(ish) people is always worth reading, even if it's outside their wheelhouse; who'd have thought that (non-)advice from a guy who writes a cartoon I seldom read (I'm more an 'Oatmeal' or XKCD kinda guy), would nudge me to finally drop the hammer and do more chinups?

The book's entertaining and amusing - but deliberately less than Adams coulda done, so the book is not compared to humour books. The most important thing is that it's insightful. I've got a text file of quote-worthy snippets of the book - a personal favourite is "I’m not good at any sort of task that has to be done right the first time. I’m more of a do-it-wrong-then-fix-it personality." Word, y'all. Fail-fast/fail-forward is the smartest thing ever invented.

I'm kinda the opposite to Adams: I've always excelled in a sole domain (anything involving numbers or mathematics - with a focus on economics) but my pathological hatred of 'gravitas' means I'm a 'bad fit' for anywhere that contains a bureaucrat (which is everywhere since the mid-90s). So for different reasons to Adams, my career has also been 'me and maybe 2 others' (Adams has had the joy of working for himself, by himself): he's happily mid-tier at a bunch of stuff that has some overlap, and rode the internet to fame and glory - for which I say "Well played!".

In some respects, Adams' story is like the story of Dane Swan (GO PIES!!): Swannie was not the fastest player; not the most skillful; not 'top tier' in endurance; not a great positional player; not the most coachable bloke going around.
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Funny, practical, sensible. Imminently useable. Loved it. Highlighted many passages. Have started reading it again.
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By PICarl on 20 December 2016
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Scott Adams has more wisdom and knowledge than all the cult dwelling mainstream commentators put together.
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I read it and now I want another book from Scott.
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