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Kind of the Story of My Life

by Adams, Scott

Dilbert creator Scott Adams offers his most personal book ever—a funny memoir of his many failures and what they eventually taught him about success.

How do you go from hapless office worker to world-famous cartoonist and bestselling author in just a few years? No career guide can answer that, and not even Scott Adams (who actually did it) can give you a road map that works for everyone. But there’s a lot to learn from his personal story, and a lot of humor along the way.

HOW TO FAIL AT ALMOST EVERYTHING AND STILL WIN BIG, Adams admits that he failed at just about everything he’s tried, including his corporate career, his inventions, his investments, and his two restaurants. But along the way, he discovered some truths that you’re unlikely to find anywhere else. For instance… • Goals are for losers. • You can get fit without using willpower. • A combination of mediocre skills can make you surprisingly valuable. Adams hopes readers can laugh at his failures while discovering some unique and helpful ideas of their own. Scott Adams is the creator of Dilbert, one of the most popular and widely-distributed comic strips of the past quarter century. He has been a full-time cartoonist since 1995, after 16 years as a technology worker for companies like Crocker National Bank and Pacific Bell. His many bestsellers include The Dilbert Principle and Dogbert’s Top Secret Management Handbook. He lives outside of San Francisco.

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An Interview with Scott Adams by Daniel McGinn

Quote: Harvard Business Review

The Dilbert creator's latest book, a hilarious memoir of his many failures, offers a few tips on how to succeed in spite of yourself.

Review: CNN Money/Fortune

Failing and succeeding, the sarcastic comic-strip–artist way.

Review: Kirkus

Fans of Dilbert will enjoy this excursion through the life and mind of his creator, and readers unfamiliar with the cartoons should be just as absorbed. Persistently driving home his belief that failure is more of a fertilizer than a sewage problem, the author catalogs his successive disappointments, carefully noting what he learned from each experience. For example, take his surprisingly compelling account of climbing the ladder from bank teller to lower management. Of the former position he observes, 'My degree in economics made me somewhat overqualified for the teller job, and yet I still managed to be dreadful at it.' Not to mention that he parlayed the failure into a management job.

Review: Barron's

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.

Review: Booklist

Scott Adams' Secret of Success: Failure What's the best way to climb to the top? Be a failure. Serial

Quote: Wall Street Journal

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