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

Scott Adams
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22 Oct 2013

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.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio (22 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591846919
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591846918
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,793,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Could this be the answer you're looking for? 20 Nov 2013
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Self help books inevitably have a leaning towards "I did this and it may work for you too!"
Scott knows this and is at pains to point out throughout the book that this is indeed his blueprint for success. Discovered largely in hindsight!
That said there are some really useful general principles, which anyone can apply to their own experience and skill set.
The book is often amusing and sometimes laugh out loud funny.
Read this with an open mind and pick the bits that work for you. At the same time consider those bits where you find yourself disagreeing with Scott, they may be on your blind side and more useful than you might credit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, thought provoking and helpful 19 Jan 2014
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Not your normal Self Help Book 11 July 2014
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Although to be fair I wouldn't have bought it if it was. I am a Scott Adams fan and like all the stuff he does. In the book he defines his system for success and how it happened for him in spite of (although he argues pretty successfully because of) those failures. He has come up with a system that may help you succeed and some of it is pretty straightforward like eating right and exercising.

Well worth a few hours of your time, Adams writes humorously as you would expect and I really enjoyed the time spent on the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I love this book but is the Author as confident? 5 July 2014
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First things first. This is a good book. I purchased it yesterday via Kindle and am enjoying it. I am an avid Dilbert fan and also subscribe to Scott's blog so enjoy his longer writing. However, I have a massive issue. Although I am nowhere near the end of the book, I am sick to death of Scott's endless qualifying of his points. Constant reminders that he's no nutritionist or Personal Trainer or Business Guru. I can't work out if the author has no real confidence in his words, is worried sick about a law suit or is just desperate for filler.

This is a massive shame as people who buy this book are probably huge Adams fans and know he is a cartoonist and not any of the above. I bought the book to hear Scott's take on these matters and don't need constant disclaimers that start to sound like apologies for his thoughts.

The Dilbert work is so clear and confident but the great ideas in this book start to look swamped and less sure. This is true despite a whole Introduction that is little but a disclaimer for the whole book. Surely this was enough?
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This is a good read as well as a sort of inspiring 'this-is-not-a-self-help-book'. Systems not goals is the recurring theme and it's an idea worth thinking about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most entertaining and thought provoking 11 Jun 2014
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This has made me consider how I go about my life. I'm definitely not as driven as the author, but he gives the kind of perspective that should help anyone in some way. It's never boring either.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointing 19 May 2014
By A. I. Mackenzie VINE VOICE
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I read this book over a weekend and enjoyed it to start with but I was a little bored with it by the end.
Basically he's advocating flexibility over means and ends, or sytems vs goals as he puts it. He's mostly sensible here, but the book could be summed up in a couple of points:

1) Favour systems over goals (retain some flexibility);
2) Treat yourself as a system, check inputs versus outputs (eat right and sleep right);.

It seems a bit underwhelming when you distil it like that, and a bit depressing - not that any of these are necessarily wrong.
I'm just not convinced they automatically lead to success.

Also the book is mildly amusing at points but don't buy it thinking it's a Dilbert/ comedy book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Though I wouldn't necessarily agree with every point in the book, it provides for a very humorous read and some laugh-out-loud moments! Definitely worth reading!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Requested by my son and it was read avidlyfrom receipt. Whatt more can one say?
Published 14 days ago by jill brough
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent
Published 14 days ago by Steve Griffiths
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Genius at its funniest.
Published 27 days ago by clement h chambers
5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining read
There is a lot of useful information available in this book.
I am sure most people will be able to relate their own experiences to those of Scott.
Published 3 months ago by BrianH
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, funny, thought provoking
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. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Roger GReenwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Your chances of success are greater if you just keep going
This book is written from personal experience, and the overwhelming message is the more you fail, as long as you keep going the greater your chance of success. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Robbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Odd combination of self-help and autobiography
It's not an autobiography, that's for sure. Although you get to find out quite a lot about what makes the Dilbert bloke tick, where he came from and how he got to where he is. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Tim Parsons
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