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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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5 out of 5 stars
By duane barker on 02-10-14


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

One of the best books I have ever read. True, its no Huckleberry Finn. But the humorous practical advice is priceless, with a droll description of how we do things correctly, and how we do them wrongly.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There are no characters, Dilbert IS the character.

Which scene was your favorite?

How he doesnt believe in affimations although they always work when he uses them.

What did you learn from How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big that you would use in your daily life?

How to be successful,a nd how to avoid failures,a nd how to persevere, in real life.

Any additional comments?

This guy is smarter than he looks. WEll, I've never seen him, but he says his mirror does not give a favorable report. He is funny and savvy.

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18 of 19 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By VyTri on 12-22-13

Sucess advice from a cartoonist!

Okay, first, great book. Scott tells us his life story with career advice and life advice sprinkled in. So it's both a help book and an autobiography. Very cool. If you are shy, you need to read this book. It has some great advice: Success builds confidence and confidence suppresses shyness. Scott talks a lot about being able to re-program your brain, which is another way of putting mind over matter. You too can like country music if you put your mind to it. :) I will say that I didn't like the last few chapters on nutrition. I don't have a problem with my weight and I'm not a vegetarian, so while I can see it's value, it felt like a drag on an otherwise fantastic book. It will not dissuade me from buying the hard cover though!

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26 of 29 people found this review helpful

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