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The creator of the Dilbert comic strip is also the author of several nonfiction books that apply Dilbert’s philosophy to the workplace. Here he takes an autobiographical approach, using his own life to illustrate his thesis that failure isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Adams’ own list of failures is—given his spectacular success as a cartoonist—surprisingly lengthy: a couple of unsuccessful restaurants as well as computer games, inventions, and online businesses that all tanked. Adams isn’t bummed by any of his flops because—and this is the key element of his philosophy—you learn by trying, not by succeeding. And every failure in life helps point us in the direction of ultimate success. (Adams says he would never have become a cartoonist if it weren’t for a combination of personal failures and the successes of some of his friends, who were willing to take personal risks.) Readers familiar with the author’s previous nonfiction will note the same easygoing, conversational style here, an approach that works perfectly for blending humor with serious advice. --David Pitt
“Adams has a funny, refreshingly considered set of ideas about how to find success—and what that success will look like when one gets there.”
“Scott Adams has drawn nearly 9,000 Dilbert cartoons since the strip began, in 1989, and his cynical take on management ideas, the effectiveness of bosses, and cubicle life has affected the worldview of millions. But he built his successful career mainly through trial and error—a whole lot of error, to be exact.
—Harvard Business Review
Scott Adams goes through his life story and the strategies that he believes have made him successful. It is full of witty anecdotes and actionable advice. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Clayton
Haven't finished it, yet. Makes a lot of good points which seem to naturally insert themselves as actionable habits into my life.Published 2 days ago by Paul Callahan
I’ve been an avid Dilbert fan for years, but I’d never purchased a self help or advice book in my life until now. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Randle Brashear
Mostly an enjoyable read, although I was hoping it had more Dilbert within.Published 8 days ago by IanLim
It's humorously written, laugh-out-loud funny, and decidedly a very different tone than usual business books. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Geetanjali Mukherjee
Scott Adams is as insightful as always, and writes with a humorous and incisive style. To me the book felt like being sat down and given lots of useful life advice from someone... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Simon Holdsworth
I enjoy Dilbert, Adams's blog, and this book. He thinks things through clearly, and bases his statements on observations. What more could you ask for?Published 11 days ago by D. H. Kramer
There's a fantastic amount of advice here, providing a very helpful way at looking at your brain. Scott Adams is a madman and a genius.Published 11 days ago by Todd Christiansen