How `Dilbert' Creator Gained Success by Failing

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Dec. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Scott Adams, the cartoonist who created the comic strip "Dilbert", discusses his new book, "How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: The Kind of Story of My Life." He speaks with Pimm Fox on Bloomberg Television's "Taking Stock." (Source: Bloomberg)

Still in bed -- still win big" is the new book by scott adams.

It is a template.

I do not believe in advice.

What works for me may not work for someone else.

I thought it would be useful because before you start to do anything important, the first thing used -- the first thing you do is you ask someone was tried that thing and wonder how it turns out.

How did you start with dilbert?

What did that teach you?

Dover was a long process in which i accidentally developed a number of skills that my case are fairly average skills.

My artistic talent is fairly mediocre.

My writings gills, i am not be best writer.

I am not the funniest person in the room.

But i have a little bit of business skills.

You put it together, those average skills, and they become very valuable.

I moved from a place of low odds to a place of better odds through a system.

Exit is part of this system, you have guidelines on how to figure out whether people are telling the truth.

Well, i was a hypnotist for a while.

I actually took courses on hypnosis.

I have a little bit of insight on how to know when people are lying.

There are more expert on this than i am.

It made a good chapter in the book.

For example, if you say, did you kill someone last night?

-- a liar would say, what makes you think that?

An honest person would say, what are you talking about?

You can usually tell by the choice of words.

But the choice of words can also be used when you are thinking about a particular career.

You have to enlist other people.

You make a point in the book of saying don't be a jerk.

I tried to outline a number of behaviors that you want to avoid.

If you ask me to list them, i will probably forget the mall because i am on camera.

But it seems like 20% of the world is being a jerk and may not even know it.

I thought it would be useful to list the ways that they may be being jerks.

What about the massive success?

The math of success is about combining average talent.

Another case would be, i like to use this as an example, ryan seacrest.

He is estimated at $65 million next year.

If you look at his looks, he is good enough to be on tv.

He is not the funniest, the best at anything.

He has a whole bunch of average skills, maybe a little better than average, that put together are hugely valuable.

That is the map.

What about timing and how that plays a role?

Timing is just a righty of luck.

You will not find anyone he -- anybody who is successful without lock.

The biggest piece of luck in my career was went over launch, it wasn't in a lot of news acres.

I could not sell it on the west coast at all.

The reason was that the salesman who handled that territory did not like my comic.

A lucky thing happened, he died.

He dropped dead.

He was replaced by a guy who said that dilbert is the best comic out there.

I will sell it like crazy people's and he did.

He sold it to every market in the west coast.

That's what are some of your spectacular failures?

I had a food company for a wild.

A vegetarian frozen burrito.

I had to restaurants.

It started out great, but there was an incredible stroke of bad luck.

The second restaurant, i opened it on 9/11. that was bad timing.

Then a mall but nothing of restaurants open next to it.

This text has been automatically generated. It may not be 100% accurate.

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