How to Fail At Almost Everything And Still Win Big by Scott Adams

how to fail at almost everything and still win big

You might know Scott Adams as the creator of Dilbert.

I seem to be the only person who had never heard of Dilbert.

So why did I read Scott Adams’ book?

Well, I found his writing on persuasion, cognitive biases and the rise of Donald Trump very intriguing.

Persuasion Should Be Used For Good

I suspect he persuaded me to read his book in ways you and I don’t understand.

And I’m grateful Scott did.

He might have written about how he does this at some point.

If anyone can share a link, I’d be happy to add it here.

My guess is it’s got something to do with repetition.

Every blog post of his ends with a (seemingly random) sentence and a link to his book.

Recognizing Patterns

Mike Cernovich does the same with his book Gorilla Mindset.

These two men know far more than I do about selling books.

I can’t claim to know why they are doing this. But I recognize the pattern.

By the way, this is the type of pattern that Scott Adams tells you to look out for.

By observing what experts do (not say), you’ll learn a lot over the years.

Listening to their advice is good but tons of people do that.

Looking at what they do, taking notes, making your own mental model of business and then applying it is how you’re going to maximize your odds of success.

That counts for this blog as well by the way.

I write about business and niche sites a lot. Sure, you can pick up some information by reading those posts.

You would learn a lot more though if you took some time to analyze my strategy.

I utilize methods that I won’t necessarily write about until much later.

If you carefully observe everything I do and compare it to others, you might start seeing patterns.

Don’t Take His Advice…Build Your Own Systems

His book is excellent and offers some great suggestions to improve your own life.

He does this while acknowledging that taking advice from a cartoonist – even a very successful one – often ends badly.

It’s a life-advice book that tries to teach you how to build your own decision-making systems.

This is a novel approach that I’ve been implementing into my own life.

I found it interesting that I already do many of the things he writes about.

Perhaps, we’ve both been influenced by the same people and books.

More likely, the blogs I read also consumed Scott Adams’ work and implemented it into their own lives.

If you think this book is similar to other things you’ve read, that’s why.

I came across Scott Adams through Mike Cernovich.

If Mike has read this book and applied it to his life, tons of men will have indirectly benefitted from How to Fail at Everything and Still Win Big.

Favourite Quotes

Every generation before us believed, like Snickers, that it had things figured out. We now know that every generation before us was wrong about a lot of it. Is it likely that you were born at the tipping point of history, in which humans know enough about reality to say we understand it? This is another case where humility is your friend. When you can release on your ego long enough to view your perceptions as incomplete or misleading, it gives you the freedom to imagine new and potentially more useful ways of looking at the world.

This really rings true for me. It’s something that has been on my mind for over a year now.

I first thought about this in Chemistry class of all places.

You’re taught a bunch of theories about how the world works. Later, you learn that those theories actually aren’t correct but are a useful simplification for understanding complex topics.

In chemistry this way of thinking seems to be somewhat accepted.

However if you point this out in relation to another topic, people will look at you like you’re crazy.

My guideline for deciding when to quit is informed by a lifetime of trying dozens of business ideas, most of them failures. I’ve also carefully observed others struggling with the stay-or-quit decision. There have been times I stuck with bad ideas for far too long out of a misguided sense that persistence is a virtue. The pattern I noticed was this: Things that will someday work out well start out well. Things that will never work start out bad and stay that way.

This quote applies perfectly to online business in my experience.

I’ve been using early success as a way to determine how much effort I’ll put into each of my niche site.

Is it possible that an unsuccessful site after 10 posts becomes successful once you’ve got 30 posts?

Yes, sure it is.

But I hope you’ll agree that working on a site that immediately shows promising signs, gives you a better chance of success.

Closing Thoughts

You’ve got a chance to read a book written by a successful cartoonist and businessman who is in great shape and (seemingly) has great relationships.

You can essentially download all of his advice onto your phone and carry it around with you.

And it will only cost you $10.

We live in a crazy world.

Take advantage of the possibilities you have thanks to technology.

Click here to get Scott Adams’ book.