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How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of… (2014)

par Scott Adams

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"Dilbert creator Scott Adams offers his most personal book ever -- a funny memoir of his many failures and what they eventually taught him about success. How do you go from hapless office worker to world-famous cartoonist and bestselling author in just a few years? No career guide can answer that, and not even Scott Adams (who actually did it) can give you a road map that works for everyone. But there's a lot to learn from his personal story, and a lot of humor along the way. In How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, Adams admits that he failed at just about everything he's tried, including his corporate career, his inventions, his investments, and his two restaurants. But along the way, Adams discovered some truths you're unlikely to find anywhere else. "--… (plus d'informations)
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    Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives par Gretchen Rubin (Deesirings)
    Deesirings: Adams suggest having "systems" rather than goals. Developing good habits appears to be a key system in Adams' approach to success and Rubin's book elaborates on how to do that. These two books therefore complement each other.
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Surprisingly good advice book. Includes enough information about Scott Adams's life, Dilbert, etc to color the story, but it is mainly advice using his own success as an example. The advice is relatively unconventional and avoids the "generic filler" trap -- it is both internally consistent and covers broad areas of activity. It may even be helpful. ( )
  octal | Jan 1, 2021 |
I'm pre-emptively giving this the "best book I read in 2015" award. It's witty, but more importantly, chalked full of life tactics and strategy. A significant chunk of the book covers energy-management techniques, with seemingly-solid discussions on diet and exercise aimed towards people who feel completely overwhelmed when they approach the literature in either of those topics (ie. me). I got a huge inspiration boost out of this book, and for the most part couldn't put it down -- except when it inspired me to put it down and go exercise, which is a tricky feat indeed.

A list of quotes I liked from the book:
http://sandymaguire.me/books/scott-adams-how-to-fail-at-almost-everything-and-st... ( )
  isovector | Dec 13, 2020 |
Overall pretty good read that largely reiterates things I've read elsewhere but contains a nice sprinkle of humor to keep the pages turning.

Scott Adam's is pretty opinionated in this book so it might rub some people the wrong but I mostly agreed with most of his views. Not really sure if I got anything useful out of the book, having said that since most of the content is common knowledge or contained in other popular books.

I guess I'm more willing to try affirmations now? (since he repeatedly upsells there apparent effectiveness) ( )
  arashout | Dec 13, 2020 |
Scott Adams tells the story of his life, and describes his philosophies for how to succeed. There were four ideas in the book that really stood out for me.

1). Use systems, not goals. A goal could be complete a marathon. However, once you reach the goal, there is nothing to keep you going (unless you immediately set a new goal). A better way is to have a system. For example, the system can be to always run four times a week. A system lets you feel good every time you follow it, whereas a goal only makes you feel good when you reach it (but then its motivating power also disappears).
Another example of goal versus system is on how to find your next job. If you are constantly on the lookout for a better job (even when you have one), you are much likelier to keep finding good ones than if you only look for another job when you have to.

2) Combination of skills. One way of becoming successful is to extremely good at one thing. But that is also extremely difficult. However, if you can be good (say top 20%) in more than one domain, then that combination of skills can be enough to make you very sought after. An example given in the book is for professionals in California. If you are good at your profession, and also speak Spanish fluently, you have a much better chance of succeeding. As Scott writes in the book, every skill you acquire doubles your chance of success. Put another way: good good > excellent.

3) What all adults should know. On the subject of adding skills, Scott has a list of skills he thinks all adults should have. Some of those skills are: public speaking, psychology, business writing, accounting, design, and conversations. Chapter 21 goes through all of these (and more), and give advice on how to acquire them.

4) Learning from failures. This is a theme throughout the book. Each failure can teach you something. If you attempt something and fail, you at least gained experience. This experience will be useful for your next project.

These were the main takeaways for me. But there is other good stuff as well. The six filters for truth in the introduction are also good. How can you know if an idea works – make sure at least two of these agree: personal experience, experience of people you know, experts, scientific studies, common sense, pattern recognition. I also like his advice on how to say no to something effectively - say “I am not interested”. And the powerful story of the importance of praise: after a really bad presentation by a very shy student, the instructor did not scold the student. Instead he said “Wow, that was brave”.

In summary, many good ideas worth discovering in here.
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  Henrik_Warne | Dec 13, 2020 |
Summary of one guy's thoughts on success. Worth reading as an introduction to the life of an interesting person, but the ideas are similar to those that are more well-articulated elsewhere (e.g. Cal Newport) ( )
  richardSprague | Mar 22, 2020 |
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"Dilbert creator Scott Adams offers his most personal book ever -- a funny memoir of his many failures and what they eventually taught him about success. How do you go from hapless office worker to world-famous cartoonist and bestselling author in just a few years? No career guide can answer that, and not even Scott Adams (who actually did it) can give you a road map that works for everyone. But there's a lot to learn from his personal story, and a lot of humor along the way. In How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, Adams admits that he failed at just about everything he's tried, including his corporate career, his inventions, his investments, and his two restaurants. But along the way, Adams discovered some truths you're unlikely to find anywhere else. "--

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