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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

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"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 fe...

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"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 mor...

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"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...

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“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 negotiabl...

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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. .

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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.

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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 so...

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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 pr...

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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 y...

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"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 y...

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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 normall...

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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 ...

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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

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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 gran...

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