How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big - by Scott Adams

my notes:

Simplicity transforms ordinary into amazing.

Consider the people who routinely disagree with you. See how confident they look while being dead wrong? That’s exactly how you look to them.

Consistency is the best marker of truth that we have, imperfect though it may be.
A smart friend can save you loads of time and effort.

Being 100% right is not a goal.

When you stand in front of an audience, your sensation of time is distorted. That’s why inexperienced presenters speak too rapidly.

Failure always brings something valuable with it. I don’t let ie leave until I extract that value.

It’s easy to be passionate about things that are working out, and that distorts our impression of the importance of passion.

You already know that when your energy is right you perform better at everything you do, including school, work, sports, and even your personal life. Energy is good. Passion is bullshit.

To put it bluntly, goals are for losers. In other words, goal-oriented people exist in a state of nearly continuous failure that they hope will be temporary.

For our purposes, let’s say a goal is a specific objective that you either achieve or don’t sometime in the future. A system is something you do on a regular basis that increases your odds of happiness in the long run. If you do something every day, it’s a system. If you’re waiting to achieve it someday in the future, it’s a goal.

If you want success, figure out the price, then pay it.

If a situation involves communication with others, simplification is almost always the right answer.

Few people have enough willpower in reserve to follow complicated plans.

Maximize your personal energy, not the number of tasks.

Keep in mind that every time you wonder how to do something, a few hundren million people have probably wondered the same thing. And that usually means the information has already been packaged and simplified, and in some cases sold. But it’s usually free for the asking.

Your self-interest is best served by being a reasonable person whenever you can muster it.

Your attitude affects everything you do in your quest for success and happiness.

Exercise, food, and sleep should be your first buttons to push if you’re trying to elevate your attitude and raise your energy.

You shouldn’t hesitate to modify your perceptions to whatever makes you happy, because you’re probably wrong about the underlying nature of reality anyway.

If you manage your illusuions wisely, you might get what you want, but you won’t necessarily understand why it worked.

Never assume you understand the odds of things.

Persistence is useful, but there’s no point in being an idiot about it.

If the first commercial version of your work excites no one to action, it’s time to move on to something different. Don’t be fooled by the opinions of friends and family. They’re all liars.

If you think extraordinary talent and a maniacal pursuit of excellence are necessary for success, I say that’s just one approach, and probably the hardest.

Another huge advantage of learning as much as you can in defferent fields is that the more concepts you understand, the easier it is to learn new ones.

Everything you learn becomes a shortcut for understanding something else.

It helps to see the world as math and not magic.

The best ways to increase your odds of success—in a way that might look like luck to others—is to systematically become good, but not amazing, at the types of skills that work well together and are highly useful for just about any job.

Adults are starved for a kind word. When you understand the power of honest praise you realize that withholding it borders on immoral.

The point of conversation is to make the other person feel good.

If you must complain, because it’s just too hard to keep it in, you’re better off complaining to someone who already likes you; that way you’ll get the empathy you want.

If you’re unattractive, you need to take your conversation skills up a notch. And that means becoming the master of short but intersting stories.

All good stories are about personalities.

People who appear outgoing are usually employing a learned social skill that you think is somehow natural.

I like to form full sentences in my head before I start them.

People who enjoy humor are simply more attractive than people who don’t.

You don’t need to know why something works to take advantage of it.

If your gut feeling (intuition) disagrees with the experts, take that seriously. You might be experiencing some pattern recognition that you can’t yet verbalize.

The only reasonable goal in life is maximizing your total lifetime happiness.

No one wants to believe that the formula for happiness is as simple as daydreaming, controling your schedule, napping, eating right, and being active every day.