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This is a book I find difficult to characterize. In the background is the story of Scott Adams, how he faired in life, how he achieved what he did and the obstacles he had to overcome. In and of itself that would be a good book. However he used this only as the backdrop for an even more interesting collection of behavioural rules that will help anyone achieve something in life.

The behavioural rules are not invented by Mr Adams (though he may have come up with them on his own). They are solidly rooted and backed by science and logic. The study of “behavioural psychology” has more to say on these subjects, as has N. Taleb in his book “Anti Fragility”. However Mr Adams has chosen not to dive to deep in abstract investigations and reports, but instead paints a lively story intermingling his own life and these principles. The result is a book that is entertaining to read, keeps the reader interested and teaches a good deal on how to become successful yourself.

I do not often give away top ratings, but this books gets a solid 5 out of 5 points. Very well done.

  • Title: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big
  • Author: Scott Adams
  • Pages: 256 (paperback)
  • ISBN: 978-1591847748

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