How To Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big

How To Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big Scott adams Skills

How To Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life by Scott Adams

How To Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Description

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.”

Dilbert Creator Scott Adams Recommends 13 Skills Every Adult Should Acquire

Last fall, Dilbert creator Scott Adams published How To Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life. In one chapter—The Math of Success—Adams writes that you “can’t directly control luck, but you can move from a game with low odds of success to a game with better odds.” To that end, he recommends 13 skills worth pursuing. “Luck has a good chance of finding you if you become merely good in most of these areas.”

1. Public Speaking:

Take the Dale Carnegie public speaking course. [One] thing I learned from my Dale Carnegie experience is that we don’t always have an accurate view of our own potential. I think most people who are frightened of public speaking can’t imagine they might feel different as a result of training.

2. Psychology:

(See also 6 Popular Psychology Books That You Should Be Reading)


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