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Jun 05, 2019 10:00:03

How to fail at everything and still win big - Actionable steps

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This is a 10 step actionable items summary of the book -
How to fail at everything and still win big - by Scott Adams.

1. Have systems for your goals.

Continuously look for better ways to tweak and improve your process/system of things you do on a regular basis.

System > Goal

2. View failure as a tool, not an outcome

The best lessons are wrapped around in failure so squeeze it until you extract the value from it.

Failure is the raw material of success. Invite it in

3. Get selfish

Look after yourself first before you can truly be there for others.

Eat right. Exercise. Avoid stress. Get enough sleep.

4. Skills

Increase the quantity of your skills rather than mastering just one skill.
Avoid career traps that require you to sell your time for money.
Learn the basics of the anythings that might someday be useful.
Scott mentions the following skills:

- Public speaking
- Psychology
- Business writing
- Accounting
- Design
- Persuasion
- Conversation
- Overcoming shyness
- Second language
- Golf
- Proper grammar
- Technology
- Proper voice technique

The Success formula: Good + Good > Excellent

5. Persistence pays

Life is like a slot machine where you are expected to pull levers all the time and you don’t have to put in the money. If you pull the lever enough times, hitting the jackpot is inevitable.

Keep pulling the lever of life.  
6. Personal Energy

Focus on energy to easily manage all of the other priorities.


a) What routinely takes away your energy?
b) What do you routinely do that gives you energy?

The most important metric to track is your personal energy

7. Success and Passion

Passion follows success.
Know success patterns to increase your odds.
β€œIf you want success, figure out the price, then pay it."

Be aware of the people around you...
They provide information you need, or encouragement, or contacts, or even useful criticism.
Join groups with like minded people to keep growing.

β€œWhen beginning process of tackling any new and complicated problem: ask a smart friend how he or she tackled the same problem.”

8. Manufacture luck:

Deliberately move to a game with better odds.
Put yourself in a position where luck is more likely to happen.
Be prepared when luck finds you.

People who seem to have good luck are often the people who have a system that allows luck to find them

9. Simplify ruthlessly

Simplicity transforms ordinary things into amazing.
Design your habits to require the least amount of energy or friction possible.

Simplify by chipping away at the the complexity of your life over time

10. Happiness is health plus freedom.

The only goal worth pursuing is happiness.
Keys for happiness:

         - Chase freedom to do what you want when you want it.
- Heading somewhere - do something new where you can improve.
- Master Imagination - let it be the user interface to steer your reality.


Always work on something that makes you want to get up in the mornings

That is the end of the summary of the 2nd book.
A lot to unpack and apply.

Started today. 

July is for the third book - Dare to Lead. 

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    @keni Bookmarked. Added to list. Thanks for sharing.

    Seun Oyebode avatar Seun Oyebode | Jun 05, 2019 17:44:47
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      @seunoyebode - Yes sir.

      Keni avatar Keni | Jun 06, 2019 15:04:10
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    @keni Great summary and action items! Another book to add to my growing list....

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jun 05, 2019 07:42:39
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      @brandonwilson - My list was too long as well. That's why I had to pick just 3 and stick to it for this year.

      Keni avatar Keni | Jun 06, 2019 15:04:00
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    @keni - There is a ton to unpack in this book. Written by a man who has had plenty of time to consider options, it outlines some core principles. I've listened to the audio, but I'm going to listen again and take notes, as you are doing here. Shall we compare notes at some point? Want to get a Google Doc going?

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Jun 05, 2019 07:06:34
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      @brianball - sounds like a good idea. I have already created a Google doc with these notes. I created one for all the experiments I am working on. I can share it via email

      Keni avatar Keni | Jun 05, 2019 10:41:18
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      @keni - ideabrian at gmail

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Jun 05, 2019 07:43:19
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