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How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life [Kindle Edition]

Scott Adams
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Dilbert creator Scott Adams' funny memoir about his many failures and what they eventually taught him about success



Scott Adams has probably failed at more things than anyone you've ever met. So how did he go from hapless office worker and serial failure to the creator of Dilbert, one of the world's most famous comic strips, in just a few years?



No career guide can offer advice that works for everyone. Your best bet is to study the ways of others who made it big and try to glean some tricks that make sense for you. So here Scott Adams tells how he turned one failure after another - including a corporate career, inventions, investments, and two restaurants - into something successful. Along the way he discovered some unlikely truths. Goals are for losers; systems are for winners. Forget 'passion'; what you need is personal energy.



In this brilliant book, Adams shows us how to invite failure in, embrace it, then pick its pocket. While you laugh at his failures, you'll discover some helpful ideas for your own path to personal victory.



Scott Adams is the creator of Dilbert, one of the most popular and widely-distributed comic strips of the past quarter century. He has been a full-time cartoonist since 1995, after 16 years as a technology worker for companies like Crocker National Bank and Pacific Bell. His many bestsellers include The Dilbert Principle and Dogbert's Top Secret Management Handbook. He lives outside of San Francisco.



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About the Author

Scott Adams is the creator of Dilbert, one of the most popular and widely-distributed comic strips of the past quarter century. He has been a full-time cartoonist since 1995, after 16 years as a technology worker for companies like Crocker National Bank and Pacific Bell. His many bestsellers include The Dilbert Principle and Dogbert's Top Secret Management Handbook. He lives outside of San Francisco.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1113 KB
  • Print Length: 251 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1591846919
  • Publisher: Penguin (22 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FHI0XK2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,601 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars systems not goals 9 Nov. 2013
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Cracking read. In face I would go as far as saying the best book I have read on making the most of this short time on this small planet of ours.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, thought provoking and helpful 19 Jan. 2014
By R. Back
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This book is something that shouldn't work: part autobiography, part self help, and part Inception style thought-planter. Yet work it does, and it is all due to Scott Adams' skill: at writing, understanding of human psychology, and in other areas. In fact, this book works because of all the 'fails' that he describes here, and how they've made him the man he is.

If you read this book and don't find at least 5 good ideas you haven't yet thought of which strike a meaningful chord with you, I'll be very surprised. It'll give you a better understanding of how to make the most of your life, and will give you optimism that you too can make changes in your life that will lead to increased happiness.
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By Robert
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I have always liked Scott Adams, and I recall his very amusing and perceptive nine-to-five workday mini-biographies like The Dilbert Principle. In how to fail at almost anything Scott again shines a light on his career but this time thrugh the list of failures he went through before he succeeded in becoming one of the worlds best known cartoonists. There is some really good and sensible advice in this book. Scott makes it plain at the start he is no guru and his anecdotal advice is there to be used or binned at the reader's discretion.

Compered to a lot of the expensive and flamboyant proponents of the self-help industry Scott is subdued and practical. I did find it seemed to drone on a bit after a while and wondered if he could have made it punchier. But all in all it was a worthwhile read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun read but there are no guarantees here... 1 Feb. 2015
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This book probably doesn't need any further selling to those already familiar with Scott's work and way of thinking. To those not in that category already I'd say that this book is an easy and entertaining read that delivers some thought provoking insights and observations. The main premise is that systems are for winners and goals are for losers, and presents an engaging and everyday approach to telling the reader what worked for him. It's not a self-help book and makes no promises, rather it's your mate telling you what worked for them. This is one for those who want to think about their own issues using reliable and reasoned sources. It's a very different book, but one I enjoyed in the same way as Gerd Gigerenzer's Risk Savvy.
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Very clear, concise advice written in Adams' own style. Some interesting insights which will resonate with many people and perhaps point a way forward to success without being too prescriptive. The thing that struck me was the lack of 'filler' which is found in many advice books. I have read some which spend a third of the book telling you how great the advice is, a third telling you what it is and then the rest is wind-down. This isn't like that and since reading it I've become head of Microsoft in a week. Next week I have an appointment with the prime minister to advise on monetary policy and the week after, I take over the U.N. It's that good.
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Though admittedly most of this book is page filling common sense anecdotes, it does have some very interesting and perhaps enlightening points to make for those seeking "success", a conveniently vague term so that anyone can theoretically apply its tenets. Adams writes with a good dash of honesty and an even greater amount of cynicism so that you never feel like you've been conned into buying another fluff-filled self-help book. There are some nuggets of wisdom to be gleaned from this book, you just have to find them among a good helping of humour.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a life guide 30 Jan. 2015
By Mike M
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OK, but not as interesting as his cartoons... Basically the autobiography of someone that kept trying business ideas until he was successful- and then carried on trying! Probably lost much of what he has earned. My guess is that he is bored with what he does, and looks for excitement/uncertainty to put interest into his life. Only real lesson is not to emulate- if you succeed at something, stick to that. As Scott says, it is all about luck. But then I hear lottery winners still buy tickets...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, funny, thought provoking 21 Feb. 2014
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I don't usually go for autobiography, but this is something a bit different. Anyone who knows dilbert will recognise the style. Young people may learn a lot. Older folks will either realise where they went wrong in life or be reassured somewhat that they are not alone. You still have time to change.
Funny many times, almost tense at others, definitely a page turner. Bonus is a few dilbert strips you may have missed.
In summary - get a system! (See - I did read it)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Turns into a bit of a motivational book after a ...
Turns into a bit of a motivational book after a while. I got about half way through and had to put it aside. Still, I'll come back to it at some point.
Published 5 days ago by D. Baxter
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
it was a gift
Published 20 days ago by spanish teader
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic insight. I'd rather trust a cartoonist for advice than many of the other gurus around.
Published 23 days ago by Mark
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Quite disappointing. The message is really 'Develop Good Habits', which has already been elucidated more clearly by Leo Babauta (and probably others). Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gigi
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading
I enjoyed reading this book. You expect humour from Scott Adams but you can tell that his publisher told him to write a serious book with some funny bits. Read more
Published 3 months ago by PauloMunich
5.0 out of 5 stars Very honest and wise book
Lots of interesting observations, could and should have been much shorter, but I still enjoyed it very much. Cartoons were ok as well.
Published 4 months ago by Jack London
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book. Great tips delivered with a really strong ...
Awesome book. Great tips delivered with a really strong narrative. Highly recommended for anyone out there who wants to start out on their own.
Published 6 months ago by Sebastian Robert
4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly Brilliant
This book made me laugh out loud, and I loved almost all of it. The diet and fitness bits were totally lost on me, mainly because I'm a health and fitness geek already. Read more
Published 6 months ago by syl
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