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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 6, 2013
I didn't read the book but I could probably benefit from a book about winning at something. And you could too. Assuming you buy it.
 
 
Jun 6, 2013
I didn't read the book but I could probably benefit from a book about winning at something. And so could you.
 
 
Jun 6, 2013
"Much better than Tony Robbins' cartoon book."

 
 
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Jun 6, 2013
"Nobody but Scott Adams could have written this book."
 
 
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Jun 6, 2013
Maybe toss in something incorrect about Robots making the future awesome *but that said*

Go with Mike Naughts from June 6th - clearly the best blurb.

 
 
Jun 6, 2013
"There is a non-zero probability that Scott Adams is the most intelligent and insightful author of his generation!" - Chris Harto
 
 
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Jun 6, 2013
All these years of reading Dilbert strips have irreparably warped my sense of humor. They are addictive, and there should have been warning labels on them. I wonder if I have grounds for a lawsuit? Oh heck, if you have the same problem, just give in and read this book for another fix.
 
 
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Jun 6, 2013
The most thought provoking and enjoyably satirical novel I never read.
 
 
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Jun 6, 2013
4 thumbs down on my blurb? Admittedly I was in a hurry to be the first to blurb (and I was) and on second re-reading what I wrote and that of the blurbs posted by others, I would have to say I agree. My blurb really sucked. Not funny, not engaging, nothing witty or pithy.

Perhaps that is why I am a moist corporate-owned robot.
 
 
Jun 6, 2013
Found externally:

"[Scott Adams] is continuing to make statements with his head firmly up his ass."
- Kelsey Wallace !$%*!$%*!$%*!$%*!$%*!$%*!$%*!$%*!$%*!$%*!$%*!$%*!$%*!$%*!$%*!$%*!$%*!$%*!$%*!$%*!$ Scott himself:

"I try to avoid doing anything that could be construed as helpful. That would ruin my reputation. It's much easier just to mock people who try to be helpful. I'm not proud of this, just being honest."
(chat with USA Today readers, April 2002)

"You should totally follow my advice for the rest of your life, which should last about a week before something I suggest kills you."
(http://www.dilbert.com/blog/entry/?EntryID=885)
 
 
Jun 6, 2013
Let's get ready to RUUUMMMMBBBLLE. - The Huffington Post
 
 
Jun 6, 2013
Here is another self help book from a writer whose claim to fame is authoring and drawing comics. The difference for this writer is that he writes from real life experience; so real that you think that he was sitting in your office while he was writing. If you don't like real life experiences, don't buy this book. If you do, you are in for a treat.
 
 
Jun 6, 2013
Don't worry, it's much better than the comic.
 
 
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Jun 6, 2013
Dear reader -

You either like the way Scott writes or you don't. If you're not sure, go to dilbert.com/blog and read for a few minutes. Don't even give me the "I'm in a bookstore excuse" - that's what smartphones are for. Done yet? If you liked it, buy this book - I haven't read it, but I will the moment I can. If you didn't like it, buy a Dilbert book instead. Either way, happy reading!
 
 
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Jun 6, 2013
"To the reader: please scan this book and upload it to some bittorrent server, I cannot wait to read it!!"
 
 
Jun 6, 2013
I have been reading Scott for years in fiction, fact and cartoon. He is often insightful, frequently funny, and wrong at least 75% of the time. And considering he's a rich, famous cartoonist and I am a lowly induhvidual, that is conclusive evidence that three wrongs make a right - a new path to success. - sp
 
 
Jun 6, 2013
From this brilliant, hilarious, and delusional mind comes an unorthodox look at success.

Read this book and follow his allegedly clever strategy whereby a series of minor failures executed to perfection will bring fame, fortune, and some day a robot body that will make an indistinguishable software version of yourself sort-of immortal.

Unless we're disembodied brains spontaneously created in the emptiness of space unaware of the actual universe in which we live, programs in a simulated reality that's designed to make Scott successful, or just figments of Scott's imagination -- all of which have been blogged as probable explanations for his comparative success. Having not read this book, but a decade of his increasingly strange blogs, I'm burning with curious, myself, at what kind of nonsense might be in here.

-Drowlord
 
 
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Jun 6, 2013
Scott is educated, intelligent, thoughtful, and creative in the particular combination which causes me to respect him and his opinions even when I don't always agree with his premises or even his final conclusions. Since he can write coherently and clearly enough to say exactly what he intends to convey in a way that's easy and entertaining to read, I expect to enjoy whatever he's written whether it changes my life or not.
 
 
Jun 6, 2013
"Scott Adams knows he's wrong. Fortunately, he's wrong in just the right way. His advice is useful because it makes you think, not because you should follow it."
 
 
Jun 6, 2013
I can't wait to misinterpret the points contained within this book and write a self-righteous online critique spreading my lack of understanding to legions of similarly under-informed netizens!

or

Like the Dilberito, this book is most likely convenient, good for you - and ahead of its time. Buy it now before they unplug the freezers and send them all to the landfill.
 
 
 
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