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How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life by [Adams, Scott]
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“Adams has a funny, refreshingly considered set of ideas about how to find success—and what that success will look like when one gets there.”
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“Scott Adams has drawn nearly 9,000 Dilbert cartoons since the strip began, in 1989, and his cynical take on management ideas, the effectiveness of bosses, and cubicle life has affected the worldview of millions. But he built his successful career mainly through trial and error—a whole lot of error, to be exact.
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Everything you want out of life is in that bubbling vat of failure. The trick is to get the good stuff out.

Scott Adams has likely failed at more things than anyone you’ve ever met, including his corporate career, his inventions, his investments, and two restaurants. So how did he go from hapless office worker to the creator of Dilbert, one of the world’s most famous syndicated comic strips, in just a few years?

In this funny yet serious book full of personal stories, Adams shares the strategies he has used to invite failure in, embrace it, then pick its pocket. Among his contrarian lessons:

• Goals are for losers. Systems are for winners.
• 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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4766 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0241003709
  • Publisher: Portfolio; Reprint edition (Oct. 22 2013)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00COOFBA4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,321 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I read self development books all the time; I've read probably 300 this year alone and this book is one of the best! TONS of great advice; the pages with terminology you need to know is extremely valuable on its own. I would recommend this for sure in my top 5 self-development must reads!
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I think this book should become part of high school curriculum - it is informative, insightful, very true and encouraging. The Goals vs Systems philosophy and broad spectrum of acquirable knowledge suggested were excellent and make me wish I could put the clock back and apply some of the principles I overlooked. Every parent should buy this book and I plan to order a second copy. Even the diet and exercise ideas are worth evaluating. Plus it is humorous and easy reading. Well done Scott! Betty Vowles
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The author claims this is his best work.
I’ve bought and read every one of his books and I agree
Not only is it HIS best, it's one of the most impactful and entertaining books I’ve read in years.
I suggest you waste no time in reading this book soon..

Scott warns you not to take advice from cartoonists.
Well, that is no doubt good advice in general, I happily choose to ignore it.
I've taken what he has to say to heart and created systems to put it to use in my life.

Great suggestions on how to live a life you can be happy with.
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Like other reviewers stated, even if the whole book is not applicable to you there are some nuggets of wisdom here. I am applying his method of scrapping the idea of goals and using a "system" instead. Although I understand the mind trick it is very much easier for me to achieve certain things that were difficult before. One example: I like a couple of types of soda pop (a lot). I would quit drinking them for a while but would always crave it. I always felt like I was denying myself the beverage I loved and would loose will power and start consuming my unhealthy drink once again. Under the banner of systems I have not had a soda pop for weeks now, drinking pop is not part of my "system" of healthy eating and it has been very easy, with no sense of denial. There were other useful tidbits for me and it is an easy and entertaining enough read. Well worth the money and time.
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How a guy failed at banking and technology and got booted upstairs to despised and beloved syndicated cartoonist. It makes some of the most cogent and intelligent comments on how not to succeed in business ever. Some will hate it and some will love it, but most people will be frenemies of the author before they are done.
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A book everyone needs to read. Especially for those in high school. The earlier in life you read this book the more successful you will be.
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Great book of witt and wisdom. I used up an entire highlighted coloring lines and phrases that tell the truth about life and business. Have re-read the book at least three times in the past year.
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