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My new non-Dilbert book, How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big - Sort of the Story of My Life, is due out on October 22nd and I am happy to report that the reviewers are pleased with it. You'll need to navigate to the 5th page on this Barron's review to see one reviewer's opinion.

Readers of this blog will not be surprised that the descriptions and reviews you see of this book won't entirely capture its essence. That's because I designed the book to work on three levels. The top level is a series of stories about some of my most embarrassing failures. You might enjoy reading about the face-plants I've taken along the road. You'll also hear the strange story of how I lost my ability to speak for over three years to an allegedly incurable brain problem.

The next level describes the strategies I've used since college to capitalize on my failures, ramp up my personal energy, increase my market value, and create a situation in which luck could more easily find me. It's not an advice book, but you might find it useful to learn about one person's unusual strategy for success and how it all turned out. Generally speaking, before you try anything risky, it's a good idea to ask others how they approached the same situation. I hope my experience is helpful in that sense.

The third level in this book is emotional. I designed the book to raise the energy level of the reader without the reader knowing that's the plan. If I succeeded, which is an admittedly rare situation, readers will simply feel good while reading it. And that energy can be useful for whatever you hope to achieve in life.

I can't predict how the market will receive this book, but I'm fairly sure it's my best work, and that's enough for me at this point in my life. I feel as if I didn't have the skills until recently to write this tale the way it needed to be written. I'd like to thank each of you regular blog readers for helping me hone those skills. I test a lot of things out on you folks and your reactions are my classroom. I take a hybrid business/science approach to writing in which I test a hypothesis, observe reader reactions, and try to learn something. You'll recognize some of my thought patterns in the book, but it's 98% new material.

The How to Fail... book is the sum of what I've learned over a lifetime filtered the way you taught me to write. If you're curious, you can preorder the book now, and it will make me happy if you do.

 

 

 
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Sep 19, 2013
I can already see your third level at work just from the little excerpt Amazon published:

"Anyone who reads this sort of book is likely to be brighter than the average citizen, and, in far too many cases, brighter than me. "

The wording will be familiar to anyone who remembers the DNRC Newsletter, which went out with a whimper some time over the last few years. Any plans to revive it?
 
 
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Sep 11, 2013
Can't get the Kindle version in Australia because the protons and neutrons spin backwards there. If you downloaded it the very fabric of Australia would dissolve into primordial fizz.
 
 
Sep 11, 2013
I have a strict rule of not reading books which have a title starting with "How to...".
 
 
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Sep 10, 2013
I'm in Australia and can't seem to preorder a kindle version - only the hardback and audio...
 
 
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Sep 10, 2013
Pre-ordered on Kindle. Happy, Happy, Happy.
 
 
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Sep 10, 2013
Is it coming on kindle? I don't read paper books anymore :)
 
 
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Sep 10, 2013
Sounds great. Like all books I read I'll read it about a year after it out, checking it out from my library...
 
 
Sep 10, 2013
Maybe I have to read the book to find this out - the curse of feeling like you've not done enough each day seems to we plebians a blessing; compared to me, you're massively successful. My question is, since you called it a curse, what is the downside? I'm thinking not so much the Huffington and Jezebel grief, but more your day-to-day ongoings. I'm not sure if you're just saying it to make us plebs feel better or if you're a tortured genius.

[The downside is a continual feeling of not doing enough to add value to the world. -- Scott]
 
 
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Sep 10, 2013
Pre-ordered!
 
 
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Sep 9, 2013
Today I made Scott Adams happy, which isn't nearly as dirty as it sounds.
 
 
Sep 9, 2013
Looking forward to this!
 
 
Sep 9, 2013
In the last few years you've gotten married (with bonus kids), designed and had a new house built, found a cure to your medical issue, adopted a dog, maintained a daily comic strip and regular blogs, set the foundation for a business, AND wrote a book. Meanwhile, my most ambitious life change was ...hmm, let me think...I got a 3rd dog. I guess I should get the book just to get some of your Mojo!

[You only know about half of it. Trying to launch a start-up in a month or so after a year+ of development. But my curse is that I wake up every day thinking I haven't done enough. What's up with that? -- Scott]
 
 
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Sep 9, 2013
Looking forward to reading the new book. Here is another interesting writer and thinker mirroring some of your views on freewill. Thought you might like to see it. http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/free-will-and-the-reality-of-love/
 
 
Sep 9, 2013
Almost disappointed that the book is designed to live up to its title.

My first thought was of the political, entertainment and business figures who keep coming back because their last failure was a BIG failure, which somehow proves they're worth another huge investment.
 
 
Sep 9, 2013
Hope our reactions to your bear blog were helpful. Kinda got the impression they werent what you were looking for; that you wanted to know how wed react to the character you were channeling there, not for us to be asking if it was a put-on or something.
 
 
Sep 9, 2013
Preordered on Amazon. Glad to see this finally come out.
 
 
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Sep 9, 2013
Preordered. Consider yourself happy.
 
 
Sep 9, 2013
@risingstarlp - He solicited blurbs from us, not reviews. Blurbs would be printed on the back cover, like the "This is a great blah blah blah" - The New York Times
 
 
Sep 9, 2013
Wait, aren't the reviews for this book the ones you solicited from us a few months ago where we had to create a generalized review with absolutely no idea on what the book was about? And of course when I say "we had to" I mean our own desires for attention led us to create fake reviews as you requested.
 
 
Sep 9, 2013
Since this is the day before the iPhone announcement, I'm already primed to do what the marketing droid tells me. Book pre-ordered. Now I can go back to waiting until tomorrow's announcements to tell me what we already know.
 
 
 
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