How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big

Kind of the Story of My Life
by Scott Adams | Portfolio / Penguin © 2013 · 247 pages

What does Scott Adams have to teach us about success? A lot. And this hilarious book is packed with wisdom. Learn why goals are for losers (and systems are for super-crushers), how to move from merely wishing for success to DECIDING you will be successful and other helpful tips on how to program your moist robot for optimal performance. Um. Yah.

“When I was in my twenties, I didn’t know anyone who could tell me how to become a cartoonist, how to write a book, or how to be successful in general. This was a big obstacle to my success. It seemed as if other people were benefiting greatly from the wisdom of their friends and families. That’s exactly the sort of inequality that pisses me off and motivates me at the same time. As a result, I’ve spent decades trying to figure out what works, and what doesn’t, on the topic of success. If you want to be successful, in just about any field, let me be your starting point. I’ll describe over the course of this book a sort of template for success that can serve as your launching pad. I won’t always have the right formula for your specific situation, but I can help narrow your choices.”

~ Scott Adams from How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big

Scott Adams created Dilbert—one of the most popular and widely distributed comic strips ever. (Get this: At the time he wrote this book, Scott had created nearly 9,000 (!) comic strips. Wow.)

This book is awesome. And, as you’d expect, hilarious.

It’s packed with wisdom on everything from dialing in your personal energy (#1 tip? Exercise daily!!), managing your attitude (Scott’s all about choosing the most empowered way to view a situation + affirmations) and focusing on systems rather than goals.

Plus, as the title suggests, we also learn a lot about how to embrace and get the most from our inevitable failures.

I highly recommend it. If you like Dilbert, you’ll love this. If you’re looking for a wise and witty trip through an extraordinary creator’s life, you’ll also love it. (Get the book here.)

For now, let’s jump in and explore some of my favorite Big Ideas!

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Scott Adams

Dilbert cartoonist