This book is appropriately named, though perhaps another subtitle could be added: “or how to fake it until you make it.”
Scott Adams is known best for Dilbert, a “satirical office humor about a white-collar, micromanaged office featuring engineer Dilbert as the title character” (to quote Wikipedia). After listening to his story in How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life, it’s hard not to see in the eponymous character much of Scott Adams. He is savvy, smart, and, in a way that is uniquely American, confident of doing anything he sets his mind to, regardless of whether he is qualified or not.
It’s this last quality, this modern entrepreneurial “daring do” attitude, that makes Adams’ book so compelling. As he tells his story, it becomes clear that he has overcome significant obstacles to success. That he overcame these obstacles makes the things he did compelling and persuasive. Indeed, there are times when I had to remind myself that even Adams himself had opened by admitting that he was only sharing what had worked for him, was simplifying the information he had learned from others, and that the readers should figure out what works best for them. Adams is so persuasive a story teller that it is difficult not to be inspired. You too can be a rich and famous–something–if you only think it, believe it, and work harder at it than anyone else.
Also, get lucky along the way. There’s no doubt that luck plays a part in success, and you can see it in Adams’ tale, but it was his ability and tenancy at taking advantage of both the opportunities, as well as capitalizing on the setbacks, that led him down a road to fame and fortune.
I truly admire Scott Adams for his success. I’m not sure I’ll apply his methods or suggestions, but just listening to his story had the effect on me to get my creative juices and ambitions going. It’s easy to believe success is in reach and that I can make the changes I need to obtain that success as you listen to Adams’ tell how he turned one lemon after another into lemonade. Luck favors the prepared and at the heart of Adam’s story is his application of his preparation at the opportune moment. It’s a lesson we can all learn from.
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