How To Fail At Almost Everything And Still Win Big is a memoir by Scott Adams, the creator of the Dilbert cartoon. In this book, Adams shares his story of how he learned to take care of himself, so he could go from one failure to another until eventually winning big.
He offers unlikely truths such as goals are for losers, passion is bullshit, and mediocre skills can make you valuable.
The main themes of the book include building your life around systems instead of goals, focusing on energy rather than time, and embracing failure as a necessary step towards success.
Adams also emphasizes the importance of taking care of yourself physically and mentally, and finding a career that allows you to take risks comfortably.
Useful takeaways from the book include:
- Build your life around systems, not goals.
- Sample jobs in which you’re comfortable taking risks to find the best one.
- Focus on managing your energy, not your time.
- Fake it until you make it.
- Increase your happy thoughts ratio.
- Embrace failure as a necessary step towards success.
- Take care of yourself physically and mentally.
Overall, How To Fail At Almost Everything And Still Win Big is an inspiring and humorous read that offers unconventional advice on how to achieve success despite multiple failures.
What I Liked
I really liked the core idea in this book – you can be the world’s best in anything, if you create the category. Combine skills that no one else has combined.
What I Did Not Like
Nothing – great read.