Unconventional Success Advice from a Professional Cartoonist — How to Fail at Almost Anything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams

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Sarah Cy
36 min readMar 25, 2019


About How to Fail at Almost Anything

Written by Scott Adams, creator of the snarky Dilbert comics, How to Fail at Almost Anything and Still Win Big is part how-to book, part litany of failures that turned into success.

Adams celebrates failure as a stepping stone to success, and exposes many ways he failed over the course of his professional life and how all of that failing led to his eventual massive success as a professional cartoonist.

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Table of Contents:

  • Chapter 1: The Time I was Crazy
  • Chapter 2: The Day of the Talk
  • Chapter 3: Passion is Bullshit
  • Chapter 4: Some of My Many Failures in Summary Form
  • Chapter 5: My Absolute Favorite Spectacular Failure
  • Chapter 6: Goals Versus Systems
  • Chapter 7: My System
  • Chapter 8: My Corporate Career Fizzled
  • Chapter 9: Deciding Versus Wanting
  • Chapter 10: The Selfishness Illusion
  • Chapter 11: The Energy Metric
  • Chapter 12: Managing Your Attitude
  • Chapter 13: It’s Already Working
  • Chapter 14: My Pinkie Goes Nuts
  • Chapter 15: My Speaking Career
  • Chapter 16: My Voice Problem Gets a Name
  • Chapter 17: The Voice Solution That Didn’t Work
  • Chapter 18: Recognizing Your Talents and Knowing When to Quit
  • Chapter 19: Is Practice Your Thing?
  • Chapter 20: Managing Your Odds for Success
  • Chapter 21: The Math of Success
  • Chapter 22: Pattern Recognition
  • Chapter 23: Humor
  • Chapter 24: Affirmations



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