How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big

Kind of the Story of My Life

By Scott Adams
Portfolio, Hardcover, 9781591846918, 248pp.

Publication Date: October 22, 2013

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Description
Everything you want out of life is in that bubbling vat of failure. The trick is to get the good stuff out.
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, 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 into something good

and lasting.


Adams reveals that he's 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. 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.




About the Author
Scott Adams is the creator of Dilbert, the comic strip that now appears in 1,550 newspapers worldwide. His first two hardcover business books, The Dilbert Principle and Dogbert's Top Secret Management Handbook, have sold more than two million copies and have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for a combined total of sixty weeks.



NPR
Monday, Oct 21, 2013

Adams managed to turn his failure at office work into a gigantic success � a syndicated comic strip about a hapless, cubicle-bound engineer. In his new book, How To Fail At Almost Everything And Still Win Big, Adams offers some sage advice such as: "Goals are for losers." More at NPR.org

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