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- Publisher: Penguin (22 Oct 2013)
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- Language: Englisch
- ASIN: B00FHI0XK2
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'Everything you want out of life is in that bubbling vat of failure. The trick is to get the good stuff out'
Scott Adams has probably failed at more things than anyone you've ever met. So how did he go from hapless office worker and serial failure to the creator of Dilbert, one of the world's most famous comic strips, in just a few years?
In this brilliant book, Adams shows us how to invite failure in, embrace it, then pick its pocket.
[Insert cartoon strip here]
No career guide can offer advice that works for everyone. Your best bet is to study the ways of others who made it big and try to glean some tricks that make sense for you. So here Scott Adams tells how he turned one failure after another - including a corporate career, inventions, investments, and two restaurants - into something successful. Along the way he discovered some unlikely truths. Goals are for losers; systems are for winners. Forget 'passion'; what you need is personal energy.
While you laugh at his failures, you'll discover some helpful ideas for your own path to personal victory. As he puts it: 'This is a story of one person's unlikely success within the context of scores of embarrassing failures. Was my eventual success primarily a result of talent, luck, hard work, or an accidental just-right balance of each? All I know for sure is that I pursued a strategy of managing my opportunities in a way that would make it easier for luck to find me.'--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
“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 --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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Scott Adams schildert die wichtigsten Erfahrungen auf dem Weg zu seinem Erfolg und gibt gleichzeitig simple Tipps, wie andere Menschen ähnliche Strategien nutzen können. (Zum Beispiel der Absatz zum Thema "Besseres Design": Elemente auf einer Folie oder auf einem Foto in L-Form anzuordnen, sieht eigentlich immer gut aus. Sagt Scott Adams. Oder im Absatz zu gutem Schreiben heißt es, sinngemäß: "Stellen Sie sich vor, Sie würden für jedes Wort, das Sie weglassen, 100 Dollar bekommen, und kürzen Sie den Text entsprechend.")
Da Scott Adams auch seine Misserfolge schildert und an mehreren Stellen darauf hinweist, dass man a) Caroonisten sowieso nicht glauben sollte und b) Erfahrungen nicht verallgemeinerbar sind, ist das Buch einfach sehr glaubwürdig. Und sympathisch. Es liest sich, als würde ein guter Freund ein paar seiner Tipps preisgeben. Es gibt Impulse, welche kleinen Dinge in seinem Alltag man einfach mal anders denken bzw. anpacken könnte. Dabei ist der Schreibstil deutlich unverkrampfter als bei der üblichen Ratgeberliteratur. Ich würde das Buch wieder kaufen.
There's a lot of thoughtful, pragmatic advice on how to put yourself in a position where success is more likely. It's not preachy, condescending or dogmatic and everything is explained in a way that makes it easy to understand where the advice comes from. So you can decide for yourself if it's worth applying to your own life. The section(s) on developing systems rather than goals more than paid for the price of the book, and there were plenty of other ideas I'm sure I'll put into practice.
Did everything resonate with me? Nope. But it made me think, challenged some of my long-held assumptions and encouraged change for the better, so it was definitely worth the few hours it took to read it.
Scott Adams nimmt sich selbst, so scheint es, nicht über Gebühr ernst, er hält mit seinen Fehlschlägen nicht zurück, im Gegenteil, Sie nehmen einen promineten Platz in diesem Buch ein. Er wiederholt seine Einladung, den eigenen Verstand immer prüfend aktiv zu lassen und gibt kein Patentrezept.
Stattdessen eine Vielzahl von mit eigener Erfahrung gespickter, selbstironischer Hinweise und Hilfestellungen, das Spiel des eigenen Lebens zu den eigenen Gunsten zu "tweaken".
Er zeigt eine Alternative zu den tausenden Selbsthilfebüchern die einem seinem "Ziel" näherbringen sollen: Systeme nennt er es, und baut darauf auf. "Systeme" im Verständnis von Scott Adams sind ein Paradigmenwechsel in der Selbsthilfe, greifen Sie doch die allgemeine Übereinkunft, Ziele seine das wichtigste, grundlegend an, aber ich kann nur jedem empfehlen, seiner Neugier freien Lauf zu lassen und sich selbst eine Meinung über das Buch zu machen. Gefällt mir sehr!
Empfehlung für jung und alt, erfolgreich oder unzufrieden!
(Ich habe den englischen Originaltext gelesen - hoffentlich ist die deutsche Übersetzung ebenso gut :-)
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Most of the wisdom I appreciated was not "new" to me, per se, but was excellently articulated, such that Scott crystalized some principles I had only vaguely identified and adopted myself. As such, he helped me internalise some useful ways to view the world, and has helped me to explain concepts to others much more clearly since I read this book. I found myself nodding along agreeing with the book as I read (rather than having "aha! that's new!" moments); nonetheless reading it still left me with clearer thought, as I was now armed with clearer language to describe the approaches Scott discussed.
If I had read this while still in college, I may have exposed myself to less risk.
The two main messages I got from this book:
1 - Scott provides some very simple guidance on how to manage the inputs to your brain so you are happy and healthy in the immediate term. You are a "moist robot" so can easily manipulate your environment to benefit yourself.
2 - He also provides simple principles for living via SYSTEMS that ensure you maximise your (career) options in future and increase chances of future success, potentially enjoying some very lucrative upside without having to take a major risk/gamble to get there.
I particularly like his push to use your "talent stack" — your collection of complementary skills at which you are sufficiently "good" — to achieve extraordinary success. The thesis is that sure, if you are an Olympic-level expert in one thing, you can make a lot of money by being an expert in that one thing, but generally most of us are better off using a combination of "good enough" skills to achieve great things. (Examples of this "talent stack" working are Scott Adams himself, or Donald Trump.)
Overall it reads a bit like a combination of:
(a) Some illustrative stories from Scott's life, that are either entertaining or drive home one particular point (e.g., reviewing his own particular "failures" and how he made sure he benefitted from each)
and (b) Some general "life advice" that reads a bit like advice a parent might write to leave their child, if the parent had been diagnosed with a terminal disease and wouldn't be around to coach their child through young adulthood (for example: advice on how to tell a funny story; which conversation topics are boring and should be avoided; how to adhere to a simple system for eating healthily; motherly reminders to make sure you get enough sleep and exercise).
I'm grateful Scott did NOT fall in the trap of adding pages to make the book seem more substantial. It's succinct enough.
That said, some story-telling chapters (such as details about his journey to recover his voice) appealed to me less, so I just quickly skimmed.
Since enjoying this book, I have gifted it and will continue to do so.
Adams' easy writing style and stick-to-the-bigger-picture method of presentation is refreshing in a world saturated by gurus who think endless layers of complexity and personal commitment are the only ways to achieve higher status or realise a dream. The title speaks to the books main idea: specific goals are for idiots, systems that guarantee success are for winners (literally).
Highly recommended to anyone who desires more happiness, personal improvement or simply an entertaining piece of literature from a seasoned and pragmatic entrepreneur.
Adams' books, however, are relentlessly excellent, including 2013's "How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life".
It's a lucid, entertaining self-help guide, drawing on the lessons Adams has learnt from his various life failures. And that's the point of the book: you have to try things, to go places that you fear if you want to be a success. Failure is to be embraced as long - and this is important - as you learn lessons from it, and adapt accordingly.
Thoroughly recommend this book to anyone, of any age. Read it, laugh, and learn.
This is a massive shame as people who buy this book are probably huge Adams fans and know he is a cartoonist and not any of the above. I bought the book to hear Scott's take on these matters and don't need constant disclaimers that start to sound like apologies for his thoughts.
The Dilbert work is so clear and confident but the great ideas in this book start to look swamped and less sure. This is true despite a whole Introduction that is little but a disclaimer for the whole book. Surely this was enough?
I used to feel like a failure for going to the gym and not having the motivation to work out, now I just leave, and with a smile on my face! Even my failure feel good and my successes feel even better.
I have always been so interested by hypnosis from watching Derren Brown a lot. Now that I have seen into the mind of a hypnotist, I can better see into my own.
He has some fun spoofing up, “ my glorious career” and he has a good take on the ultimate futility of both success and failure
It’s classic American dry humour and it’s well worth reading
This may seem stupid to many but I had never really thought of willpower as anything other than mental, by taking it into a physiological place I was able to re-program myself to overcome some intense procrastination issues. By getting my diet and exercise under control (Skinny programmer who ate trash all day), I was able to get the boost in energy I needed to begin to form positive habits.
I constantly think of myself as a 'moist robot' that can be controlled and improved with the right stimuli. I've also used that knowledge to understand people better and my relationships have strengthened because of it.
Thanks Scott Adams for this fantastic book.
Scott is smart, as he's not pushing 'THE only way' to a happy, fulfilling life. He's clear that he's sharing what worked for him, and why he thinks that (through his own consistent results) and there's a theme running through this book is to take care of yourself first, so there are bits around personal wellbeing, which of course, is not separate from success.
I would recommend this book to anyone who's feels a bit disillusion by the mainstream guff out there.
If you read this book and don't find at least 5 good ideas you haven't yet thought of which strike a meaningful chord with you, I'll be very surprised. It'll give you a better understanding of how to make the most of your life, and will give you optimism that you too can make changes in your life that will lead to increased happiness.