How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big

By: Scott Adams

Blasting clichéd career advice, the contrarian pundit and creator of Dilbert retells the entertaining ups and downs of his career, revealing the enormous role of luck in our lives and how to most effectively play the system.

Scott Adams has likely been unsuccessful at more things than nearly anyone else out there. How did he manage to go from a hapless office worker and continual flop to the creator of Dilbert, which turned out to be one of the most famous syndicated comic strips the world has ever seen? And to make it even more remarkable, he did this in just a few years. In How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, Adams lays out the game plan that he’s since his time as a teenage: allow for failure, make sure to embrace it, and then try to steal from successful processes.

No one single career guide can propose guidance that will work for everyone. As Adams explains, the safest play is to learn the ways of those who have made it big and then try to glean some tricks and tactics that make sense for you. Adams hopes you can find humor in his moments of letdown while using them to discover a few original and informative thoughts that will help you on your own personal path to success. As he says, “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.”