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Book Reviews

How To Fail At Almost Everything And Still Win Big (2014) - Shreya Sachdev

The book, How To Fail At Almost Everything And Still Win Big, is a 2013 non-fiction book written by Scott Adams. When I first heard about this book, I was hesitant to read it due to the fact that I heard from my brother that Scott Adams is somebody who doesn't actually believe in passion and doesn't think individuals should follow their passion, and I happen to have a lot of that. However, as I indulged into it I realized that the book actually has a really interesting viewpoint on success and how to become the best version of yourself. To give you a summary of the book, the book basically tells the audience that there are two paths to becoming rich in life. The first path, basically means that you have to try and become at the top 1% of the field that you are interested in. Whether your field is medicine, engineering, film, or politics. You have to become at the top 1% or 2% in your desired field in order to become rich. Not becoming at the top 1% or 2% of your field doesn't mean that you won't be employed, but it does mean that you may not necessarily be very wealthy. The other path to success is extremely interesting: Scott Adams talks about how everyone should try and think of three skills that they have, and these skills don't have to specifically be in the academic area. They can be anything from personality to work discipline. Anyways, Scott Adams basically talks about how everyone should try and find three skills that they have and convert them to create something original and unique. Scott Adams believes that it is very rare for even somebody who has a deep passion and an intense love for learning to become at the top 1% or 2% of their field of interest. However, he does believe that if an individual takes three of his or her special skills, then they may become very special. Scott Adams himself has used this formula: Scott Adams realized that he was a good writer, a good drawer, and was quite funny. With these three special skills, he decided to make a comic strip named Dilbert which is now worth 75 million US dollars. I would give this book a 9/10.

Shreya Sachdev