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
* Adams hopes that by vomiting ideas into the world, some people will be curious enough to sniff or even eat the sick.

* Adams first challenges the credulity of readers through humour, and then challenges their conventional thinking through uncommon juxtapositions.

* Adams rewards the reader that is willing to reconsider old ideas in a new way.
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Jun 5, 2013
"Knowing Scott Adams' previous work; if you're only going to buy 25 motivational books this year, this one should almost certainly be somewhere on your list. Whatever anyone else might tell you about any given topic, Adams will tell you in fewer and more entertaining words."

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Jun 5, 2013
Read this book. Scott Adams creates images and ideas with words as easily as he does with Dilbert cartoons. You'll laugh and learn, and then be compelled to read it again. - Shawn Stephens
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Jun 5, 2013
"WOW! A real page turner!"
Jun 5, 2013
"Adams looks at things through a decidedly different (but brilliant) lens. Expect to have many of your assumptions about the world around you challenged."
-- Perry Reed
Jun 5, 2013
As a long-time Scott Adams blog reader, I share this disclaimer: Don't take advice from a cartoonist. While this may purport to be a manual on how to repeatedly fail, exercise your critical thinking a bit and consider the source. What does a successful cartoonist know about foolish risks and courting misfortune? Save yourself a few bucks and ask a local hobo. I recommend wearing expensive jewelry and turning your back on him after a barrage of unnecessary insults. If lots of failure is the path to victory, I have several amazing ideas to kick start your dreams.
- Drowlord
(Disclaimer: don't take advice from an anonymous jerk on the internet)
Jun 5, 2013
While not knowing Scott Adams personally, I have read most of his works and have followed his blog faithfully for a good many years. Even though I don't agree with every position he holds, I've never found fault with his reasoning. If you agree with his premise, sound logic will lead you to his conclusion. His piercing insights into both ordinary daily life and newsworthy events are a joy to read. If I ever become a powerful leader, I will use him as my !$%*!$%* detector when sorting through all the "advice" coming my way.
- Nancy Best
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Jun 5, 2013
Scott Adams writing is curiously refreshing. Liberated from the constraints of a three panel cartoon, you will find that he is immensely creative, thoughtful, clever, direct and humorous. Like his master, Dogbert.
Jun 5, 2013
Scott Adams is the ultimate problem-solver, having come up with solutions to problems that don't yet exist...on his blog. So you know he's good. When his first problem was to figure out the best way to become rich and famous, he solved it with a unique system which he is about to share with you. However, as usual, it is not recommended that you take life advice from a cartoonist, so read How to Fail Almost Every Time and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life at your own risk. Of course, if you don't read it, you've simply proven his point...again.

- Toby Ebel
Jun 5, 2013
"Disclaimer: To not enjoy this book, remove logic and reason".

"As long as you are not a self hating proponent of reading Jezebel's blog, you will thoroughly enjoy this book."

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Jun 5, 2013
Sorry, for got my name: Volker Hetzer
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Jun 5, 2013
Nobody believes in extrasensory perception. - Except for every engineer who knows Dilbert.
Jun 5, 2013
"Scott Adams has a mind as quick as a stainless steel bear trap and a wit to match. His mind is a cornucopia of original ideas."
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Jun 5, 2013
You should do blurbs with honest responses from really famous people. Example:

Oprah Winfrey says: "Thank you for your interest. Ms. Winfrey does not personally handle correspondence. Please submit all requests to her publicist at ..."
Jun 5, 2013
Yet again you get a lot of people to work for you for free. No wonder you're successful!
Jun 5, 2013
As Maurice Sendak once said - "The sad thing is, I liked it".
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Jun 5, 2013
"I don't always read books, but when I do, I prefer books written by Scott Adams. Stay literate, my friends."


"Scott's new book is guaranteed to be a better love story than Twilight"

Captain Memestoomuch
Jun 5, 2013
Scott has endlessly original brain fodder with generous helpings of stimulation, wit and controversy.

Scott's writing contains many meaty morsels for your brain.

You've got to admire someone who warns people they are about to hear something offensive (or stupid), gets condemned by online community, and then repeats daily.

I'm proud to share my name with Scott; the world needs more Scotts.
Jun 5, 2013
Save yourself some money and just read page 126.

Jun 5, 2013
In a single volume, Adams' confronts and reflects on the spectrum of optimistic buzz-words to the herculean effort beyond 9-5 hours that generated a media empire reaching around the globe.
- Dave West
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