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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
great book - generous, informative, entertaining, inspiring and sometimes even funny.Published 1 day ago by Perspectech
I recommend this book to every single person that I care about and want to succeed.
Following a cartoonists advice on on maximizing energy, aspirations and even nutrition... Read more
I rarely read self-help books, having read Martin E.P. Seligman's _What You Can Change and What You Can't_ several years ago, but I'm quite partial to Scott Adams' writing, even... Read morePublished 4 days ago by triskaidekaphilia
Who knew Scott Adams was a capable self help author?
Very practical and seemingly solid tips for living life.
A refreshingly different take on the path to success that acknowledges the role of luck and good choices.Published 19 days ago by T. Williams
An interesting book. I have read some of Adams' other books (the serious ones, as well as the cartoon ones) and he always has some curious notions. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Warner Mach
Must read. One of the 2 books that I recommend highly that I read in the recent past. The other is by Adam grant - give and take.Published 22 days ago by Sathyaraj Radhakrishnan
Fun and fascinating read. Great way to borrow a brain and learn from it.Published 24 days ago by AndrewRB
A must read if you have ever felt like perfection was a requirement for success!Published 25 days ago by Doug