Before you take on any challenge - whether you are planning a trip to someplace exotic, or contemplating a career change, or whatever - there is always a step you will do first if it is available to you: You'll ask other people how they did it. You probably won't follow the same playbook as those who went before, but knowing how others approached the same challenge, and how it turned out, will narrow your choices. And that can help a lot.

After Dilbert became a big deal, people started asking how I was able to beat such long odds. Was it simply a case of hard work plus extraordinary luck, or did I have some sort of secret method?

The interesting answer is that my career unfolded according to a written strategy that I created after I graduated from college. I still have it. And on top of the strategy I have several systems designed to make it easier for luck to find me.

Last year I realized that my personal story has just the right amount of twists and setbacks to make good reading. So I turned it into a book that will come out in October on the topic of success. The title is How to Fail Almost Every Time and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life. It's a non-Dilbert book that includes humor in some chapters, but it's mostly a very different approach to the topic of success. I wouldn't expect anyone to follow my systems and get the same results, but I think it is helpful to know which methods other people have tried and how it turned out for them.

Anyway, my publisher asked me about getting blurbs for the back cover. In publishing lingo, a blurb is a recommendation or positive review of the book that appears on the back cover, as in "A fantastic read. I couldn't put it down. - Joe Blow."

My problem with collecting blurbs in the usual way is that it feels like assigning homework to strangers. A typical blurb process might involve picking some famous authors in the success field and asking my publisher to ask their publishers to ask the famous authors to 1) Read my book, and 2) Write glowing reviews. The whole process feels wrong.

This is where you come in.

My publisher has agreed to print blurbs from you, my blog readers, knowing that none of you have read the actual book. What's in it for you is that you might see your name on the back cover of the book.

The trick is to write your review in a way that addresses my general writing/thinking qualities as seen on this blog. You won't be reviewing the book so much as reviewing me as a writer. Keep your reviews to a few sentences at most, and don't be so overboard that it looks disingenuous. The trick is to say something positive that isn't over the top. And don't pretend you actually read the book.

I'll select several winners from what I see in the comments and stick them on the book.

Who's in?

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Aug 12, 2013
"Steal like an artist" was a great book. Sssooooooo... Read this book?
Jul 11, 2013
One of those things I dislike is blurbs that do not match the contents of the book they are on. Since this is being written without reading this book, I will recommend the book anyway. Scott Adams writes a very insightful comic strip. He also wrote "The Dilbert Principle" a number of years ago, which causes me to recommend this book. In that one he pointed out that, at times, we are all stupid. He was right then, he is likely correct right now.
Jul 8, 2013
Scott's ability to creatively dissect our world in a comical way is brilliant. He hooked me with his comic strip, and now I am addicted to his writing. I love reading his new perspective on things going on around us. Amazing.
Jul 8, 2013
Scott Adams is one of the few original thinkers who is not afraid to be proven wrong which gives him a high degree of freedom. Combine this with a healthy dose of humor and you get an explosive mix of ideas. He has used these ideas - and succeeded, so what can go wrong? The usual warning: don't take ideas on success from cartoonists!
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Jul 5, 2013
Every successful person EVER will tell you that no success would have been possible without setbacks and failures. Therefore, if you want to convince people that you're successful, you have present a narrative that present your mistakes and failures as a key component to your success. Otherwise your story will not be believeable.

Anyway, this book is simply a triumph. It's the story of a man who, inspite of creating "Dilbert," somehow was able to overcome that obstacle to become a blogger, and overcoming that to write a real book.

Basically, just buy it. Don't think about it as wasting money on a quasi-self-help-book, think about it as the first step to buying a book written by David Allen.
Jun 22, 2013
"No matter what, there is a universe where you bought and read this book. Why not make it this one?" -A. Cox
Jun 19, 2013
I couldn't put it down! Primarily because the book was printed on adhesive paper.

Funnier than ferrets in Aunt Ethel's pantyhose.

Yet another quality publication from the creator of Stanky Bathturd.

For a nominal fee, I agreed to endorse this book.

If you can't succeed after this book, then you name isn't Scott Adams.

Not bad, aside from the grammatical mistakes and utter lack of plot.

It is apparent that Mr. Adams has a sense of humor, but he has yet to locate it.

If his books get any better, Scott will move on to a higer plane.

Provided free of charge to inmates in 5 out of 6 maximum security prisons.

I can't wait for the sequel- but I hope it has more explosions and car chases than this one.
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Jun 16, 2013
Jun 16, 2013
Scott Adams combines ingenious lateral thinking with laugh out loud funny jokes.
Jun 14, 2013
If you want to learn how to "think like a successful cartoonist" then this might be the book for you. If you want to make loads of money, well, what can we say, "Your mileage will vary." If you are a fan of Dilbert, you probably already bought this book so nothing I say really matters. OK, you got me depressed again. Thanks for writing another book Scott. - d.Mark "Dave" Wheeler
Jun 13, 2013
Scott's greatest ability is his ability to think about topics in ways that would never occur to normal people. He's one of the few writers who can consistently get me to look at issues in ways that never would have occurred to me otherwise. It's this kind of brilliance that makes his writing incredibly stimulating.
Jun 13, 2013
This blurb is being quoted out of context.
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Jun 13, 2013
Scott Adams make it fun to think about topics in a new way.
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Jun 12, 2013
This book is written for readers that are already successful because no one in their right mind would pay for advice from a cartoonist. Validate your place among the winners and read this masterpiece by one of our own!
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Jun 12, 2013
Sorry, my four year old daughter was jumping on my lap as I wrote this...Ahem,

After not reading Scott Adams wonderful new book I was amazed to find it on par with masterpieces penned by great literary giants that I also never read. I highly recommend you buy this incredibly intelligent, amusing, insightful and invigorating work of literature and never read it for yourself. See if the experience doesn't change your life.
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Jun 12, 2013
After not reading Scott Adams wonderful new book I was amazed to it on par with masterpieces penned by great literary giants that I also never read. I highly recommend you buy this incredibly intelligent, amusing, insightful and invigorating work of literature and never read it for yourself. See if the experience doesn't change your life.
Jun 12, 2013
The writer, Scott Adams, is a true visionary. He has a unique way of collecting a large number of observable behaviors in people and society, and providing a concise analysis of what these things mean to us. Albiet, his summaries are often simplifications of very complex systems, they still remain very accurate and get you thinking about the big picture.

Jun 12, 2013
One of our generations provocative and warped minds. Read with caution.
Jun 12, 2013
Too prolix. - Pfc. Wintergreen
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Jun 11, 2013
An amazing accomplishment!
Beyond all my expectations!
When I believe it, then I see it!

Walt K.
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