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Quotes from Scott Adams ‘How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big’

Quotes from Scott Adams ‘How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life’

 

The title and the book cover got my attention at once. Then I started riffling through the book and couldn’t risk leaving it behind. Also, it’s a story of a cartoonist, so I was looking forward to reading it.

The found the book funny at times and some good quotes to share with you here:

 

“Experts: they work for money, not truth. You’re the best judge of what works for you, as long as you acquire that wisdom through pattern recognition, trail and observation.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“Insanity is always a reasonable diagnosis when you’re dealing with writers and artists. Sometimes the only real difference between crazy people and artists is that artists write down what they imagine seeing.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“When your energy is right you perform better at everything you do, including school work, sports and even your personal life. Energy is good. Passion is bullshit.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“If success were easy, everyone would do it. It takes effort. That fact works to your advantage because it keeps lazy people out of the game.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“Successful people generally gloss over their most aromatic failures, and it leaves the impression that they have some magic you don’t.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“Good ideas have no value because the world already has too many of them. The market rewards execution, not ideas.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“Most failures involve bad luck, ignorance and sometimes ordinary stupidity.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“A goal is a specific objective that you either achieve or don’t sometime in the future. A system is something you do on a regular basis that increases your odds of happiness in the long run. If you do something every day, it’s a system. If you’re waiting to achieve it someday in the future, it’s a goal.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“It helps a great deal to have at least a general strategy and some degree of focus. The world offers so many alternatives that you need a quick filter to eliminate some options and pay attention to others. Whatever your plan, focus is always important.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“When you decide to be successful in a big way, it means you acknowledged the price and you’re willing to pay it. 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 negotiable. If you pick the right system the price will be a lot nearer to what you’re willing to pay.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“During your journey to success you will find yourself continuously trying to balance your own needs with the needs of others. You will always wonder if you are selfish or not selfish enough.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“Your best option is to be selfish, because being stupid or burden on society won’t help anyone. Society hopes you will handle your selfishness with some grace and compassion. If you do selfishness right, you automatically become a net benefit to society.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“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.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“One of the biggest obstacles to success — and real energy killer — is the fear that you don’t know how to do the stuff that your ideal career plans would require.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“Keep in mind that every time you wonder how to do something, a few hundred million people have probably wondered the same thing. And that usually means the information has already been packaged and simplified and in some cases sold. But it’s usually free for the asking.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“Your highest priority: You. If you ruin yourself, you won’t be able to work on any other priorities. So taking care of your own health is job one.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“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.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“If your life doesn’t provide you with plenty of happy thoughts to draw upon, try daydreaming of wonderful things in your future.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“No matter what you want to do in life, higher energy will help you get there.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“What you do know for sure if that some way of looking at the world works better than others. Pick the way that works, even if you don’t know why.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“Writing a book is hard work — far harder than most people imagine.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“Free yourself from the shackles of oppressive reality, What’s real to you is what you imagine and what you feel. If you manage your illusions wisely, you might get what you want, but you won’t necessarily understand why it worked.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“It’s cliché that who you know is helpful for success. What is less obvious is that you don’t need to know CEOs and billionaires. Sometimes you just need a friend who knows different things than you do. And you can always find one of those.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)  

 

“There’s a strong connection between what interests you and what you are good at. People are naturally drawn to the things they feel comfortable doing and comfort is a marker for talent.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“Quality is one of the luxuries you can afford when the market place is spraying money in your direction and you have time to tinker.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“One of the best ways to detect the x factor is to watch what customers do about your idea or product, not what they say. People tend to say what they think you want to hear or what they think will cause least pain. What people do is far more honest.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“There’s no denying the importance of practice. The hard part is figuring out what to practice. It matters what you practice.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“Success isn’t magic; it’s generally the product of picking a good system and following it until luck finds you.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“The more time you spend exposing yourself to bad news, the more it will weigh on you and sap your energy.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“If you find yourself in state of continual failure in your personal or business life, you might be blaming it on fate or karma or animal spirits or some other form of magic when the answer is simple math. There’s usually a pattern, but it might be subtle. Don’t stop looking just because you don’t see the pattern in the first seven years.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“Positivity is far more than mental preference. It changes your brain, literally, and it changes the people around you. It’s the nearest thing we have to magic.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“Adults are starved for a kind word. When you understand the power of honest praise (as opposed to bullshitting, flattery and sucking up), you realize that withholding it borders on immoral. If you see something that impresses you, a decent respect to humanity insists you voice your praise.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“Don’t assume you know how much potential you have. Sometimes the only way to know what you can do is to test yourself.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“Almost any decision you make is in the context of managing what other people think of you. We’re all in the business of selling some version of ourselves.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“Clean writing makes a writer seem smarter and it makes the writer’s arguments more persuasive.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“Quality is not an independent force in the universe; it depends on what you choose as your frame of reference.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“If your gut feeling (intuition) disagrees with the experts, take that seriously. You might be experiencing some pattern recognition that you can’t yet verbalize.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“Dealing with experts is always tricky. Are they honest? Are they competent? How often are they right? My observation and best guess is that experts are right about 98 percent of the time on the easy stuff but only 50 percent of the time on anything that is unusually complicated, mysterious or even new.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“Few people are skilled conversationalists. Most people are just talking, which is not the same thing.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“Your story isn’t a story unless something unexpected or unusual happens. That’s plot twist. If you don’t have a twist, it’s not a story.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“No one cares about the detail of your dream. If you must discuss your dreams, keep it to one sentence.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“The single biggest trick for manipulating your happiness chemistry is being able to do what you want, when you want.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“If you can deliver an image of decisiveness, no matter how disingenuous, others will see it as leadership.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“Energy is contagious. People like how it feels. If you show enthusiasm, others will want to experience the same rush.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“Affirmations are simple the practice of repeating to yourself what you want to achieve while imagining the outcome you want.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“Humans are social animals. There are probably dozens of ways we absorb energy, inspiration, skills and character traits from those around us.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“To change yourself, part of the solution might involve spending more time with the people who represent the change you seek.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“You wouldn’t buy a book if it didn’t have the potential to change you in some way, even if that change is just entertainment or an increase in your knowledge. Books change us automatically, just as any experience does. And if a book helps you see the world in a more useful way or amps up your energy levels, it becomes part of the fabric of your personal luck.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“If you stay in the game long enough, luck has better chance of finding you. Avoid career traps such as pursuing jobs that require you to sell your limited supply of time while preparing you for nothing better.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“In most groups the craziest person is in control. It starts because no one wants the problems that come from pissing off a crazy person.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“In any kind of negotiation the worst thing you can do is act reasonable. Reasonable people generally cave in to irrational people because it seems like the path of least resistance.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“If you look at your life from some distance, you can see that today is a lot like yesterday and tomorrow won’t be that different either. Our lives stay roughly the same, while our moods can swing wildly. My proposition, which I invite you to be skeptical about, is that one of the primary factors in determining your energy level and therefore your mood is what you’ve eaten recently.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

“No matter how charismatic that exercise guru on your DVD sounds, don’t believe that someone else’s specific fitness plan will work for you. No one is like you.” ~~ Scott Adams (Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life)

 

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