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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 5, 2013
The Dilbert cartoonist isn't just funny, he's also a profound thinker, deeply interested in the future, and exhibits the same unique mindset here as in his cartoons.
-Steve Pender
 
 
Jun 5, 2013
A man who can get people to review his book without reading it has to be some kind of success. What further recommendation do you need?
 
 
Jun 5, 2013
This book is just like every other biography out there; how an average Scott became a famous Scott. BOCTAOE.
-Seth Evans
 
 
Jun 5, 2013
Scott's ability to draw the reader into complicated and creative concepts with his witty and entertaining style is absolutely amazing. The title alone has me craving for more.

-- John Collins
 
 
Jun 5, 2013
Adams writes for an audience of one: himself. And then he shares his writing with anyone interested in reading his thoughts, his inner monologues. This openness, this frankness, is compelling on any subject, but especially so when he discusses success, what it is and how he lives it.
 
 
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Jun 5, 2013
The humorous and thought provoking journey through the failures and accomplishments of Scott Adams life that have molded him into a best-selling author and cartoonist.
 
 
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Jun 5, 2013
Scott's ideas are not just out of the box, they're out of the box that the box came in. His writing is always insightful and guaranteed to get you thinking in a new way.
 
 
Jun 5, 2013
Best book I never read.
 
 
Jun 5, 2013
Scott delivers insightful advice for moist robots, peppered with an infectious optimism that the future can and will be amazing.
 
 
Jun 5, 2013
Scott Adams has a alluring writing style that is as teeming with intrique as an old gypsy fortune teller. This is an apt description, since his writing is about as reliable as an old gypsy fortune teller. Word around the internet is that Scott Adams is an old gypsy fortune teller. And this a joke.

Now a real one:
Scott Adams has the natural ability to question everything around him in the attempt to find patterns and reason. It is this quest to try to explain the seemingly random noise of life that makes him a voice worth listening to and separates him from the masses.
 
 
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Jun 5, 2013
Scott excels at questioning the common understanding, at finding new and interesting ways to see the world -- and can make us laugh while doing it.

-- John Roers
 
 
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Jun 5, 2013
Funny, unconventional, and thought-provoking. Scott Adams at his best recounting how he beat the odds to become a best-selling author and cartoonist. A great insight into how personal success and happiness can be achieved no matter where you start or in spite of what paths you walk in life.
 
 
 
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