How To Fail At Almost Everything And Still Win Big: Kind Of The Story Of My Life
Adams has written a book that is partially an autobiography and part advice book. It covers much of the same ground that his blog does. But if you haven’t read his blog this is a good place to start. His advice is to set up a system rather than goals. He gives examples from his life to illustrate the systems he has used. I love systems, so it made perfect sense to me. He recommends some weird systems like positive affirmations, which sound silly, but he claims they work even if he can’t explain why. The ideas (systems) in the book can be powerful especially when you tie them into other books such as “Antifragile.” The book is an easy read and it’s even amusing in places, although it’s not meant to be a comedy. The book starts off strong but seems to trail off near the end.
Amazon Book Preview of “How To Fail At Almost Everything And Still Win Big”
Excerpts From My Kindle
Systems people succeed every time they apply their systems, in the sense that they did what they intended to do. The goals people are fighting the feeling of discouragement at each turn. The systems people are feeling good every time.
One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever heard goes something like this: If you want success, figure out the price, then pay it. It sounds trivial and obvious, but if you unpack the idea it has extraordinary power.