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

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big

By Scott Adams

  • Release Date: 2013-10-22
  • Genre: Careers
Score: 4.5
From 173 Ratings


Blasting clichéd career advice, the contrarian pundit and creator of Dilbert recounts the humorous ups and downs of his career, revealing the outsized role of luck in our lives and how best to play the system.

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 game plan he’s followed since he was a teen: 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—including his corporate career, his inventions, his investments, and his two restaurants—into something good and lasting. There’s a lot to learn from his personal story, and a lot of entertainment 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.”



  • Great and funny

    By Cozakh
    Great book about to frame your approach to success
  • Decent coverage of some fundamental self-awareness concepts.

    By dklc
    Scott covers some basic core concepts that are pretty useful for someone early on in their self-awareness journey. Depending on where you’re at in that journey this could be a real catalyst for change or a quick re-affirmation of things you’ve already learned.
  • Very helpful book; BEWARE THE AUDIO VERSION

    By Studly Field Mouse
    Great content here. Major point: PERSISTENCE. I probably would have enjoyed it more but I actually did the audio version, not enjoying the reader’s vocal style. If you think you want the audio version, sample it first.
  • Recommend

    By etiennejude
    Will change your life like what happened to me.
  • Best book I’ve ever read

    By Wheezr
    It’s perfectly executed. That simple.
  • This book is a gift

    By Madsarajoy
    It breaks down what is needed to get a grip on life, not take yourself too seriously and feel a little more in control of your destiny. I especially like the focus on personal energy and the value of flexible scheduling. This book was written for me. Thank you Scott Adams (and my CEO who recommended I read this)
  • Simplicity > Whatever you're currently doing

    By emworral
    Somewhere in this book Scott has a line about his experience as a cartoonist being helpful to simplify complex scenarios. To me, that's the best explanation of this book. It's a simplified self-help book filled with practical insights and written with just enough story and humor to keep the pages turning. Im already changing a few habits as a result to increase my energy. Thanks Scott. Great work as always and good "luck" towards your next failure.
  • Excellent book!

    By Mersho
    This book must be read by everyone who is serious about success. I am voracious reader(I read a book or two) every two weeks but I have never read a book like this. This book changes my life! I also gave it to my friend as a gift and every time he sees me he can't stop thanking me for giving him life changing book!