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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
At first, Scott Adams writing seems crazy, illogical, and even stupid. It's tempting to try to point out how he's wrong. But Adams isn't doing what other writers do. He's not trying to convince you of something you don't already believe, he's trying to change the way you think. If all you get from this book is "So that's the key to success!" then you've missed the point.
 
 
Jun 6, 2013
Scott is always interesting and entertaining, even when he's wrong. And the things he gets right are genuinely new. They might actually change your life. - Ed Caruthers
 
 
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Jun 6, 2013
"Adams' ideas are consistently illogical and poorly thought out, and yet somehow he is very successful in numerous areas... so take that for what it's worth." - WATYF
 
 
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Jun 6, 2013
"[Adams] tricked me into reviewing his book without having first read it or even seen the cover. My "reward" was that I'd get to risk my reputation by endorsing - without compensation - a book that I had absoloutely no knowledge of. All it took him was one half-assed blog post. It is sociopathic conniving like this that undeniably qualifies to instruct others on how to succeed"
Dr James Wilson.
 
 
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Jun 6, 2013
"The only thing Scott Adams does better then writing books about succes, is writing a flattering blurb about himself, under a false name." - Ad Scottams
 
 
Jun 6, 2013
"This is (probably) an addendum to a prayer for success." - Bayanda Mzoneli, South Africa

"Here is a recipe for success. Follow it at your own risk." - Bayanda Mzoneli, South Africa

"Beware, the cult of Scott Adams." - Bayanda Mzoneli, South Africa

"As the book title says, 'the success of failure.' Go figure." - Bayanda Mzoneli, South Africa

"If you are reading this, then you really need this book." - Bayanda Mzoneli, South Africa
 
 
Jun 6, 2013
"Of all the advice books in the world, this is certainly one of them."

"Dale Carnegie, Robert Fulghum, Steven Covey, Deepak Chopra, and now Scott Adams -- what do they have in common? Beats me. I haven't read any of them."

"Some people might say 'Why take advice from a cartoonist?' To which I would reply 'Good question.'"
 
 
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Jun 6, 2013
"Not an imaginary tale! Not a hoax! Not a dream!" - swp

"Decipher the hidden code inside to win a date with a person of Scott's choosing!" - swp

"Scott has a main 'thesis' statement. It is followed up as you delve a little deeper in to the book's plot. Now I'm supposed to say something to "introduce the conflict," the question Scott is helping readers to answer. I'll end by hinting at resolution, without giving away the ending and leave the reader wanting more. Would an enticing question help here?" - swp
 
 
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Jun 6, 2013
SCOTT ADAMS could be called the Messiah of Mirth, the Savior of Sarcasm, the Prince of Parody, the Saint of Satire. And I just did. Bursting from the confines of the funny papers, he now informs the world to its techno possibilities with these thoughtful speculations of the future. But is his work a FANTASTIC RUSE LEADING TO INSIDIOUS INVASION BY CREATURES FROM THE PINEAL GLAND, HORRORS FROM THE HYPOTHALYMUS? Probably not, so read him, anyway, and AND TAKE A CHANCE.
 
 
Jun 6, 2013
Scott Adams has put a series of words down on paper that, when read sequentially, really assemble themselves into complete sentences.
 
 
Jun 6, 2013
Scott makes you think about things differently (outside the box as it were). If your brain doesn't hurt at least once when reading this book, then you haven't understood where he has taken you.

Alan Dewick, England
 
 
Jun 6, 2013
'Scott's success at having other people do his work for him is unparalleled in modern times'
 
 
Jun 6, 2013
The road to success is just like petting a cat, for those of you with allergies, you know just how difficult that can be. And this book will be of no assistance in helping you to pick the right cat for you.
 
 
Jun 6, 2013
I laughed from the moment I picked up Scott's last book, to the moment I put it down. I haven't read it yet, but the picture of him is really funny - Peter Whelan
 
 
Jun 6, 2013
Do you like reading books? Always wanted to know the story of Scott Adam's life?
Enjoy Venn diagrams? Then this is the book for you.
 
 
Jun 6, 2013
Scott Adams continues to captivates my attention through thought provoking ideas and an in your face sense of humor. - James Debrie
 
 
Jun 6, 2013
"Fail. Fail. Fail. Fail. Fail. Fail. Fail. Success! Fail. Fail. Fail! Fail! Fail! Success! Fail! Fail... You get the picture." - Bryan Cameron

"There is 90-99% chance that reading this book won't help you find success. But there is 100% chance that you'll love reading it." - Bryan Cameron

"Recipe for success? Hardly. Out of the box thinking? Yup. Humour? Not for everyone. Good read? You betcha!" - Bryan Cameron

"Not really what you'd expect from Mr. Adams (author of the Dilbert comics), but on the other hand - he rarely writes what you expect." - Bryan Cameron

"You can't always get what you want, but sometimes you get what you need." - Mick Jagger
"Like a swift kick in the butt to move your a... No, just kidding. But a good read nonetheless." - Bryan Cameron

This is a blurb from the 2020 edition of this book: "This is what the president's life was until they rewrote his biography to make him look more successful." - Bryan Cameron, screenwriter of "Beyond the Wall"
 
 
Jun 6, 2013
This book is about how to fail - then succeed. I haven't read it. But if it works I could use that.
 
 
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Jun 6, 2013
Intelligent, imaginative, original and always thought provoking. And he's quite tall too, which is important- Aaron Renton

You can just use the first part if you like.

Aaron
Australia
 
 
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Jun 6, 2013
Scott Adams writes what you think. You just didn't know you thought it yet.
 
 
 
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