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How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life Paperback – 31 Oct 2013
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Scott Adams, creator of the popular comic strip called Dilbert, has been a cartoonist since 1995. He has written various bestsellers such as The Dilbert Principle and Dogbert's Top Secret Management Handbook. After a series of unsuccessful scenarios before he hit the bull's eye, Adams narrates his success story to the world in this bestselling novel.
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There are some core, foundational aspects in our lives that Adams lays out that need attention in order for us to find our success. Adams believes that you need to tend to the groundwork for success by tending to your mind and body so as to allow yourself and your own set of talents and strengths to surface and flourish. Success is not easy but it's achievable...for anyone. Adams provides a set of skills and areas of knowledge towards which he thinks we should all vow a lifetime commitment to honing, learning and mastering. These make up a manageable and sensible list that will help in dealing with life and other people.
go read it....
So try experimenting with systems and find out what works for you and just follow them.
Most important and relevant thing about this book is that the author has practiced what he is preaching. This makes all the systems,he talked about in the book very realistic and achievable.
Thanks Adam for your wisdom.
Another thing that makes so much sense to me is creating systems and not goals. Every goal has a set of steps and if we set systems to follow the steps on a regular basis, we'll reach our goals eventually. Losing weight is a goal but exercising everyday is a system. It is more encouraging to exercise everyday rather than feel failure at not losing the amount of weight you want to. The third thing that I like is the concept of personal energy. Matching the time of the day with your energy levels is one of the best ways to optimise your productivity.
Some of things that don't go well with me and undo the things that I like. His string of failures were either (immature) college ventures or when he already had made tons of money through Dilbert comics. The systems approach he endorses works only if are in control of your daily routine and have a predictable one - which he does but we may not. Same goes for the personal energy concept - you can match it only when you know for sure how your day is going to go. He is overly apologetic about giving advice on affirmations, diet and fitness.
Systems Vs Goal. Goals are for losers.
Personal energy should be the only metric for success.
Flexible schedule is important for happiness.
Success begets success.
Developing the right talent stack than developing standalone talents
I will be writing a detailed Book summary soon.
Scott distills key ingredients required for success like diet, exercise, and happiness - into simple and actionable steps that you can perform on a daily basis (systems approach). He argues (very persuasively) that "Simplification is often the difference between doing something you know you should do and putting it off".
In order to help you take action, he lists a number of simplifications like - every skill you acquire doubles your odds of success. He lists all the important skills that you need to acquire and provides a short primer on each of those skills. You will find a lot of good career advice - like developing a bunch of valuable skills - "talent stack". (If you like this kind of career advice, read "So good they cannot ignore you").
Maybe I was hypnotized into buying this book (Scott is a trained hypnotist), but I'm really glad I did. I read every blog post he put out on the 2016 US elections (a master-class on principles of persuasion) and this book was "advertised" on most posts (Don't miss the persuasion principles in the copy of the "ad"). I can't wait for his next book on the US elections slated for Oct 2017.