How to Fail at Almost Everything… (Book Review #0002)

One of the first pictures that shows up when you google “failure”. (photo credit: http://cfocounsel.asia/avoiding-business-failure/)

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.

Hiking: Paved or the Unbeaten track

At the peak of the Makapu‘u Lighthouse Trail (Photo Credit: Dean Ramos)

My, my, my, it has been a while since I hiked this relatively easy, paved trail. Not sure when it was repaved but there was plenty of new steps and guard rails that I don’t recall since the last time I went to the Makapu‘u Lighthouse.

As I was enjoying the view and appreciating the changes made to the trail, it dawned on me that hiking is a lot like challenges I have with my line of work. Some hikes are documented by individuals and other hikes are officially in the record books (such as the Makapu‘u Lighthouse Trail). This observation is a good or a bad thing depending on your perspective.

Discovering these new guard rails and steps, part of me thought, “This is not adventurous anymore. There’s going to be a ton of tourist now and it’s not going to be as peaceful as it was before.” On the other hand, seeing so many people enjoy being outside and the views reminded me that I cannot be greedy about all the nice things Hawaii has to offer. At the end of the day, it made me happy, even though the rails are deterring people like me who tend to go off the beaten path.

Just like changes to a system, there’s going to be positives and negatives. It all depends on the stakeholders, especially the users. I’m not the only one interested in seeing awesome views and Hawaii does generate an income with visitors. There’s plenty to debate (rail, bikeshare, paved hikes, skyscrapers, etc) but I hope the changes have positives that outweigh the negatives.

Got a favorite hike? Do you like discovering awesome sights? Let’s talk story. Holler @ me.