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  • How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big

  • Kind of the Story of My Life
  • Written by: Scott Adams
  • Narrated by: Scott Adams
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

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 audiobook, 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.

©2013 Scott Adams (P)2022 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"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." (Harvard Business Review)

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Hilariously insightful

I think I might have known Dilbert or maybe mistook him for Calvin & Hobbes before I started the book, but I for sure won't forget now.
Scott is funny, insightful and simple. I think we tend to shun things we don't understand as illogical, but a healthy scepticism can still work for us, I think this book did just that for me. The one thing that will probably stay with me - systems over goals.

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Must listen!

Lovely anecdotes, some rather useful and practical advice, and hilarious narration
Pick it up- don’t think twice

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-10-22

Excellent book

Scott Adams did an excellent job narrating his book, given he previously had issues speaking.

I really enjoyed this book and finished it in just a couple of days. Great tips on living your best life and some excellent story telling. From my experience he was spot on for many of the points including :

Good + Good > excellent
Persuasion skills important
Good Diet + exercise -> energy
Affirmations key
Systems > Goals

Enjoyed it so much that I am going to listen to it again today.

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  • Zlatin
  • 17-09-22

must read

this one directly goes to my "read again" list. I just love everything about it.

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  • Joyce
  • 26-08-22

Easy to listen too

I really enjoyed listening to Scott Adams story, it was a really easy listen. Quite funny at times too. He has a witty and light way of putting his points across. I have no idea about his cartoons so I’ll be looking at those after now. I like how he doesn’t glamorize his rise and shows all the things that hasn’t worked for him and how failure can be a good thing. Even when he did eventually do well he shared that he then felt his worse and that success isn’t necessarily the ultimate goal in life, but when you get there that you should then focus on using that to help others - that can be a really good drive. I’ll defo listen to this again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-08-22

a deep lack of insight.

Couldn't get past the point where he told us how incompetent he was then argued he didn't get promoted because of affirmative action.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-06-22

Full of Gems that you can apply in your life

His struggles and principles in life can be adopted so that you can come out a winner. Have a system instead of goals, daily affirmation can do wonders. A must read if you are looking to improve your life in a positive way.

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  • Salman
  • 25-04-22

The narrative grows on you

The now I listened the more interested I got. Great narrative by Scott. I like his down to earth demeanor. Lots of great perspectives on success. I am glad I listened to this one.

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  • Michael
  • 01-03-22

great read. good advice.

some good advice. I would make a list of these practices as dot points to review as you go about your day.