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How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big

by Scott Adams

  • Personal experience
  • Experience of people you know 
  • Experts 
  • Scientific studies 
  • Common sense 
  • Pattern recognition.

When seeking truth, your best bet is to look for confirmation on at least two of these dimensions.

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Scott Adams

"Making comics is a process by which you strip out the unnecessary noise from a situation until all that is left is the absurd-yet-true core. A cartoonist has to accomplish that feat with as few as four short sentences."

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SCOTT ADAMS

"Failure always brings something valuable with it. I don’t let it leave until I extract that value."

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Passion Is Bullshit

  • It is hard to tell whether passionate people are passionate because they are successful or they are successful because they are passionate.
  • Passion sounds more accessible. If you’re dumb, there’s not much you can do about it, but passion is somethin...

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SCOTT ADAMS

"Most failures involve bad luck, ignorance, and sometimes ordinary stupidity."

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Choose Systems Over Goals

  • If you achieve your goal, you celebrate and feel terrific, but only until you realize you just lost the thing that gave you purpose and direction. Goal-oriented people exist in a state of continuous presuccess failure at best, and permanent failure at worst if things never w...

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SCOTT ADAMS

“Successful people don’t wish for success; they decide to pursue it. And to pursue it effectively, they need a system. Success always has a price, but the reality is that the price is negotiable. If you pick the right system, the price will be a lot nearer what you are willing to pay.”

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The most important form of selfishness involves spending time on your fitness, eating right, pursuing your career, and still spending quality time with your family and friends. .

Selfishness is good especially when you are starting your journey to success. You need to

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Humans want many things. The only way to achieve all of them is by organizing your priorities. To organize your priorities, focus on one main metric: energy.

How to maximize your energy:

  • Eat right
  • Exercise
  • Avoid unnecessary stress...

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To maximize your energy, you can either be a simplifier or an optimizer:

  • A simplifier chooses the easiest path to a goal
  • The optimizer looks for the very best solution despite the increased complexity.

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  • Think of your priorities in terms of concentric circles, like an archery target. In the center is your highest priority: you. 
  • The next ring—and your second-biggest priority—is economics. That includes your job, your investments, and even your house. If you don’t get...

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Your attitude affects everything you do in your quest for success and happiness. A positive attitude is an important tool. It’s important to get it right.

The way to manage your attitude is to understand that the brain can be programmed for success. 

  • Incr...

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SCOTT ADAMS

"I’ve come to believe that success at anything has a spillover effect on other things. You can take advantage of that effect by becoming good at things that require nothing but practice. Once you become good at a few unimportant things, such as hobbies or sports, the habit of success stays wi...

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Quitting might conflict with the advice you’ve heard all your life— that sticking with something, no matter the obstacles, is important to success. 

It's true, overcoming obstacles is normally an unavoidable part of the process. But you also need to know when to quit. Persistence is...

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Success Isn’t Magic

The Success Formula: every skill that you acquire doubles your odds of success. The more concepts you learn, the easier it is to acquire new ones. 

Skills which every adult should develop at least a working knowledge:

  • Public speaking
  • Psychology
  • Business writing

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  • Lack of fear. A lack of fear of embarrassment is what allows one to be proactive. It’s
  • what makes a person take on challenges that others write off as too risky
  • Education (the right kind). Generally speaking, the people who have the right ki...

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Happiness

The only reasonable goal in life is maximizing your total lifetime experience of something called happiness. That might sound selfish, but it’s not.

If you need, imagine better things, a grander future for you to be happy. The happiness formula:

  • Eat right
  • Exercise

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