book review how to fail at almost everything and still win big scott adams

Book Review: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big By Scott Adams

Genre: Biography

“Insanity is always a reasonable diagnosis when you’re dealing with writers and artists. Sometimes the only real difference between crazy people and artists is that artists write down what they imagine seeing.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big)

How to leave a book when it’s title makes you smile and encourages you to read a little.

Also, there’s a cartoon strip on the back of it and some of the paragraphs seemed funny.

I guessed as much that it’s an autobiography of some artist, which I must read.

Lessons From The ‘How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big ~~ Scott Adams’:

Lesson 1: Slow & Steady Moving Towards Your Desired Destination Gets You Results:

The author isn’t fan of goals instead he advices to have a system in place that would help you get near your goal, a little, every day.

Like the tortoise in the story that kept moving patiently & slowly until he reached his destination. 😉

If you want to realize some goal of yours then instead of wishing or setting big plans, start working on it. Do small things to get one step near your goal until you’ve achieved it.

You can also call it having a routine. The work you love turns into a routine if you do it daily and that’s how you become good at it. One step at a time.

“Success isn’t magic; it’s generally the product of picking a good system and following it until luck finds you.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big)


Lesson 2: Don’t Bother Mastering One Skill, Learn As Many As You Can:

This is opposite of what you might have read in books like Mastery & Outlier, where the authors informs of you of the virtues of mastering one skill to almost perfection.

But as per Scott Adams, it’s not necessary to become a master of only one skill.

Find a few skills you’re good at or have interest in learning. Then try to find the one in which you’re not just good, but could earn too, so you’d do it for the rest of your life if you choose to.

To some extent this method makes sense as well. If you do manage to find the skill/talent you are reasonably good at & love doing every day, which gets you money, then chances are in years you’d be a master of that skill anyway.


Lesson 3: Stop Wishing For Success:

Most of us want to be successful. But very few could tell what they really want to be successful at or why. And only a few (the successful ones) are willing to do what it takes to get to the success they desire.

You cannot have success just by wishing. If you want to be successful, then instead of wishing for success, find out what you’d have to do.

Also, you cannot have it all and success always asks you to make some sacrifices.

You might have to sacrifice some things/activities to make more room for the work & effort success demands. Know the price of your goal and be prepared to pay it.

“If success were easy, everyone would do it. It takes effort. That fact works to your advantage because it keeps lazy people out of the game.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big)


Lesson 4: Affirmations:

This is the first book I have read by the author, so I’m not familiar with other half of this ‘affirmation’ thing.

I found small chapters on this subject fascinating enough to think about it for a while and also funny.

Funny because of the irony. For example: first people want to know what it is that successful people had done that brought them success. And if the said successful person shares something they believe in, then people are quick to start dismissing.

The second reason I found it funny because there are always those who want to know how to do it (in this case affirmations) right to get the desired results. 😀

So the author believes that affirmations helped him achieve things in life. What’s the problem?

People are free to believe what they want to believe. You too can try it too. It’s not as if telling yourself that ‘you’re happy or will be a bestselling author’ would cost you millions.

“Free yourself from the shackles of oppressive reality, What’s real to you is what you imagine and what you feel. If you manage your illusions wisely, you might get what you want, but you won’t necessarily understand why it worked.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big)


Lesson 5: Most Successful People Share Some Common Wisdom:

Some common, but important wisdom points I always find in such books. These are all common sense but…. 😉

  1. Surround yourself with the right people, who add value to your life. (Hopefully you add value to them too.)
  2. Take care of your health.
  3. Eat right.
  4. Exercise.
  5. Be the right kind of selfish.

“The most important form of selfishness involves spending time on your fitness, eating right, pursuing your career and still spending quality time with your family and friends.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big)

Hit or Miss: Hit.

Ratings: 3stars/5.

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