Top Ten Takeaways From-“How to Fail at Almost Everything and still win Big”


The above strip is one from the Dilbert comic strip series, written and drawn by Scott Adams. He has been a full-time cartoonist since 1995, after sixteen years as a corporate worker in several companies. “How to Fail at Almost Everything and still win Big” is the story of one person’s unlikely success within the context of scores of embarrassing failures.
Book discusses lessons Scott learned from all the failures he has faced, his list of failed startups, restaurants, bad investments and much more moments, which are worth sharing to those who are looking to learn success patterns. Here I am discussing all the takeaways from his life, which he discussed in the form of the book:

1) Look for Patterns: When Scott had his voice problem, he was looking for a pattern, he thought it might reveal a solution to his voice problem. Also in his tennis game with his friend, he tried to find a pattern and finally understood why losing the game.If we recognise patterns well we can find the solution of the underlying problem.

2) Passion is Bullshit: Scott believes that success caused passion more than passion caused success. By several examples he emphasised, Passion is by- product of knowing you will be good at something. So if you are aware that you can do particular thing successfully, it will eventually turn into your passion.

3) Build Systems, not Goals: His system versus goals model has been discussed in the entire book. He says if you achieve your goal, you celebrate, until you realise you just lost the thing that gave you purpose and direction and if you fail you couldn’t withstand to move onto another thing that might work you. Remember all the successful people worked on building systems, it gives them  patience to discover things that worked for them.The goal is a specific objective, A system is something you do to the regular basis that increases your odds of happiness.

4) Deciding vs Wanting: Successful people don’t wish for success; they decide to pursue it. And to pursue it effectively, they need a system. If you pick the right system, the price of success is negotiable, it is near to that what you can pay.

5) Selfishness Illusion: He categorised people into three kinds Selfish, Stupid and Burden on others and the best option is to be selfish.The most important form of selfishness involves spending time on your fitness, eating right, pursuing career, and still spending quality time with your friends and family. If you neglect this, you slip into second category stupid-which is a short slide to becoming a burden to society.

6) The tendency to Risk: Scott believes if you’re brave enough to take risk in some particular thing , there is where your success is. Like Bill Gates famously found ways to hone his technical skills by stealing time on a mainframe. Scott Adams himself used to make doodles of his teachers in school, knowing there was risk he might be caught someday.

7) On Happiness- The Biggest trick for manipulating your happiness chemistry is being able to do what you want , when you want.

8) On Failure: In his words, Failure is a tool, not an outcome. It is a resource that can be managed. He figured one failure after another such that creating a situation that would allow luck to find him.

9) Maintaining Energy: Before Scott Adams was a cartoonist, he worked in a number of corporate jobs. But he still enjoyed going to work, because he always had side projects going on that had potential to set him free. Prospect of starting his own thing, left his cubicle behind and gave him an enormous amount of energy.

10) Success Formula-Every Skill You Acquire Doubles Your Odds Of Success: In his words-“I am a perfect example of the power of leveraging multiple mediocre skills. I’m rich and famous cartoonist who doesn’t draw well.At social gatherings, I’m usually not the funniest person in the room. My writing skills are His good but not great .But what I have that most artists and cartoonists do not have is years of corporate business experience plus MBA from Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.”You don’t have to be excellent in something to be successful, you need to figure out perfect combination.


While writing these key pointers, I believe there is much to be conveyed. And the reason is there is lot more you can get from the book than these few lessons. This is an essential read for those who are interested in knowing how success happens to those who have achieved it. This is a story of Scott Adams life, that he wished others could learn and observe patterns from, that could be somehow beneficial in building their own success story. Go for it.


The 4-Hour Workweek: Timothy’s Design of New Rich.

Have you heard people saying, “My life was dead, so I switched to this”. We search for changes that make our lives happening Or you scream “Come On Life happen to me”. In the continuous quest for balancing work and life, We take expert advice, not leaving any bestseller Time management and business books unread, try to design our life according to that but for few weeks or days, we fail to adapt them. Here comes the book with an exquisite Design of Work and Life. A Design that you would follow for your entire life because this was what you always wanted to know. How they do so? And you will definitely say was it is so easy. Amongst the must read list for entrepreneurs “The 4-Hour Workweek” has placed itself in the most lavish and comfortable couch. In the book, Timothy Ferris breaks through existing myths and proposes unique ways to replace them. End of Time Management -Time is not proportional to the money we make, Retirement to mini-retirement , On Fear-Setting, On overcoming boredom, The low -Information Diet, Outsourcing, “The 4-Hour Workweek” have much to offer than you could have wished to ask someone living the way you always dreamt of living.

Timothy separates the New Rich from the Deferrers.According to his design, Who are the NR( New Rich )?

The employee who rearranges his schedule and negotiates a remote work agreement to achieve 90% of the results in the one-tenth of the time, which frees him to practice cross-country skiing and take road trips with his family two weeks per month.

As Kathy Sierra calls “just-in-time” information instead of “just-in-case” information. The concept of The Low Information Diet emphasis on Practice the art of not finishing, if something is not worth it, leave it before your neurons die. More is not better, and stopping something is often 10 times better than finishing it. Develop the habit of not finishing that which is boring or if a boss isn’t demanding it. Now, this goes with this review also, better stop it now if you don’t consider the idea of ‘New Rich’ :P.

NR, stop working way too hard on their weaknesses. It will only land you a mile apart. Focus on better use of your best weapons instead of constant repair to stand aloof. So if you are struggling hard to overcome your flaws, think of embracing it. Are you lazy? And you often love to play Bruno Mars –

Are you lazy? And you often love to play Bruno Mars – The Lazy Song. The most comforting lines for you in the book would be “Less in not lazy”. Being selective- doing less– is the path of the productivity. If replacing yourself wouldn’t make much difference. Do it. Save yourself for the most important tasks and let others hustle for you while you enjoy cross-country skiing. The Idea of outsourcing life and building a system to replace yourself works wonders, read to learn and know how they do it.

If you are an employee still you can be an NR, you can design your life to be your boss. NR is not what only bosses can be. Timothy discusses several tricks and hacks to make it happen for employees. One is – Distinguish the most important things and do it and apologise if you have to for doing it. Sounds disgusting but is Smart. ‘Beg for forgiveness: don’t ask for permission’. How cool. I tried it and it worked. Challenge

Challenge yourself to do what you fear to do. It is something which we always wanted to do. If something resists us we must assist ourselves to make it happen. Have you heard, a person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have? Next time don’t shy away to go uneasy on conversations. There are endless hacks to try and amaze the outcomes. It is fun believe me.

One of my best pick from the book is “The opposite of love is indifference, and the opposite of happiness is- here’s the clincher-boredom. No one like boredom, so why not to make our lives bit lavish and add some adventure to it, if we can. Let’s escape the ordinary. And it doesn’t need any science, It doesn’t have to be our retirement to travel the world, It requires lesser cash than we think. All it needs is Timothy’s Design of New Rich.