How To Fail At Everything & Still Win Big Notes

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Love the practical nature of this book. Scott’s storytelling makes this a must-read. Would highly recommend for anyone interested in psychology, persuasion, or how to live an incredible life.

  • When your energy is right, you perform better at everything you do (similar to Kevin Kelly’s rule: enthusiasm is worth 25 IQ points).
  • Market rewards execution over good ideas.
  • Systems > Goals
    • Goal: Lose 20 pounds
    • System: Eating right
    • If you do something every day, it’s a system. Systems have no deadlines, and on any given day, you can’t tell if they’re moving in the right direction.
  • Used affirmations. Wrote every day 15 times – “I, Scott Adams, will be a famous cartoonist.”
  • If you want success, figure out the price, then pay it.
  • Take care of yourself first so you can do a better job of taking care of others.
  • If you pursue selfish objectives, and do well, eventually your focus will turn outward to taking care of others.
  • Every second you look at a messy room and think about fixing it is a distraction from more important thoughts.
  • Pay attention to your mood after you exercise. Typically always positive.
  • Ideas change the world every day, and often from ordinary people.
  • You almost always learn something valuable in the process of failing. (!!)
  • Things that will someday work out well start out well. (Interesting hypothesis)
  • Practice is obvious. You have to figure out what to practice.
  • Every skill you acquire doubles your odds of success. (Good + Good > Excellent)
  • Simplicity trumps accuracy
  • Everything you learn becomes a shortcut for something else.
  • Don’t think of the news as information. Think of it as an energy source.
  • If you see something that impresses you, you are morally obligated to voice your praise.
  • We don’t always have an accurate view of our own potential.
  • Psychology = lifelong study
  • People don’t use reason for important decisions in life. The reality is that reason is just one of the drivers of our decisions, and often the smallest one
  • How to be a top 10% conversationalist: Smile, ask questions, avoid complaining and sad topics, and have some entertaining stories ready to go
  • How to overcome shyness: pretend you are an acting instead of interacting
  • The most effective way of getting people to stop trying to persuade you is to say “I’m not interested.”
  • Spend time with and around people who represent what you would like to become without trespassing, kidnapping, or stalking. Their good energy will rub off on you.
  • The biggest trick for manipulating your happiness is being able to do what you want, when you want.
  • Work can become pleasure if you have the ability to decide when you’re going to do it
  • Anything that you can make slow and steady improvement at makes you feel you’re on the right track
  • Pessimism is often a failure of imagination. If you can imagine a future being brighter, it lifts your energy and produces a sensation of happiness
  • Happiness is the natural state for most people whenever they feel healthy, have flexible schedules, and expect the future to be good
  • Happiness formula: Eat right, exercise, get enough sleep, imagine incredible future, work a flexible schedule, do things you can steadily improve at, help others, reduce daily decisions

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