One of the first pictures that shows up when you google “failure”. (photo credit:

It’s been a long time since I posted a book review. A couple months ago I finished reading How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life by Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert. It was a pretty easy read and it helped identify patterns I noticed with people I admire. In Scott Adams case, he went through plenty of hardships but continued to push through. Here’s a shortlist of his hardships:

  • failed ventures in restaurants and food
  • vocal incapacity
  • not being able to draw well

Key takeaway from the book: create a system for yourself. There’s no magic pill to get yourself successful however creating a system helps elevate your luck in getting there. A clear example is if you want to be healthy, it’s disheartening to think how far away you are from that goal but if you lay out your workout clothes and plan your meals, there’s a higher chance you can build a habit that can lead to getting to your goals.

If you’re interested in looking into the mind of a quirky cartoonist and see how he went from getting a job in an office to creating one of the most well known pop culture icons that represented a generation of programmers, I highly recommend reading the book. It’s always interesting to read what was going through someone’s head when he/she is met with a challenge.

Do you have any book recommendations? I’d love to hear them, especially since the new year is coming soon. Feel free to holler @ me so we can talk story.

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