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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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Jun 11, 2013
After reading and loving Scott Adam's other non-Dilbert books, I can't wait to read and love this one as well!
 
 
Jun 10, 2013
A few for consideration:

Adams states plainly that no one will gain personal success by reading his book. Finally! The first truly honest success book ever written.

For every successful person with a surefire way to succeed, there are a thousand schlebs who tried the exact same thing at the exact same time and failed miserably. This book will either inspire you to create your own plan for success or convince you that trying hard is for chumps.

If I did everything that every successful person told me to do in order to achieve success, I’d be completely insane. This book at least helps me laugh at my own insanity.

One of the great things you’ll learn in this book is why successful people so smugly believe that they should tell everyone else how to succeed.

One way to gain more success is to write a successful book on becoming successful. The more we buy Adams’ book, the more we prove that his formula works. Come on, let’s give him the benefit of the doubt.

I’ve always yearned a book about success that once and for all proves to my wife that I will never be successful. Scott Adams has finally written that book.
 
 
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Jun 10, 2013
Someone don't buy a copy so I can get one.
 
 
Jun 10, 2013
"I haven't read this book, but I'm sure its excellent!"
 
 
Jun 10, 2013
You missed your chance. - This review is based on the sky-written edition of 'Still Win Big'.
 
 
Jun 10, 2013
Scott Adams has the ability to see humor in reality, and has the wisdom to know the difference.
 
 
Jun 9, 2013
"Scott Adams started with a comic that challenged how America's largest corporations work and got into almost every major newspaper in America...but he didn't stop there." - Todd Medema, Co-founder of AutoRef.com
 
 
Jun 9, 2013
These blurbs need like open-mouthed baby birds. We need this book, soon!
 
 
Jun 9, 2013
Talking animals. Employees who redefine 'inept.' Bosses who are even more incompetent than their employees. Avaricious CEOs. Unbelievable schemes.

And that's only the beginning.

Who could weave all the above into one of the great success stories of our time? Scott Adams.

And he tells us how he did it in this book.

 
 
Jun 9, 2013
Reading Scott Adams blog and previous books gave me some laughs and new perspectives on financial planning, free will, luck and organizational structures. I wish Scott had written this book 20 years ago. I've had my share of failures and I'm ready to "win big". - Peter Whelan
 
 
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Jun 9, 2013
Scott stimulated my imagination with his request for a blurb to a book I never read. I’m sure if you buy his book, Scott will make passionate love to all your dormant ideas and inspire millions of offspring.
 
 
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Jun 9, 2013
Scott Adams is an extraordinary creator in the observable universe. Scott is the Dilbert Empire, and much more. What makes his story so compelling is that he planned his route to success, much like Hitler, but whereas the former failed, Scott brilliantly succeeded.
 
 
Jun 9, 2013
The current baleful times when we are incessantly caught up in unrealistic praises and rewards where even losers are given a trophy to make them feel like winners may have desensitized the now defunct ubiquitous drive to win but never before Mr. Adams has one been so complacent with such a sordid reality.

 
 
Jun 8, 2013
I've read Mr. Adams Dilbert comic daily for many years and more recently, his blog entries. Each day I assign a score from 1 to 10 (10 being the best) indicating how entertaining they were and save them in a spreadsheet. Based on my lengthy history of evaluating his work along with some basic numerical analysis leads me to the conclusion that around 83% of this latest work will probably not suck.
 
 
Jun 8, 2013
I have never felt so inspired to continue failing as I did while failing to complete this book. I couldn't put it down until I did, and then I couldn't pick it back up again.
 
 
Jun 8, 2013
Scott Adams has a real grasp of our irrational behavior and he probably used this skill to design his critical success plan years ago. Now in this serious, non-Dilbert text he reviles his plan that contrary to common thinking drove his success. He promises to still spice up the pages with some subtle humor.

-Ron Weiland, Perminant Dilbert F
 
 
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Jun 8, 2013
Creativity and logic has not seen a purer form since the duckbill platypus.
 
 
Jun 8, 2013
In his writings, Scott Adams glosses over the important details to focus on the big picture. Like every big thinker, he refuses to be bound by the cold, hard facts that say that what he is proposing is impossible -- and in doing so, helps spur the debate that just may make it possible after all. This book is more of an object lesson than a blueprint for success: you won't make it the way he did, but you CAN make it.
 
 
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Jun 8, 2013
The ultimate geek dude with hundred ideas a minute reveals it all: how to succeed in life by stubbornly trying until one of your ideas works out; and it makes you look smart in retrospect! Highly recommended by me, a pen-ultimate geek dude (and a professor at the number one university in the world).
 
 
Jun 8, 2013
I couldn't put this book down! Mostly because I never picked it up in the first place.
 
 
 
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