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How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big

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Scott Adams, the famous creator of Dilbert, has made a very good living by understanding and revealing human psychology.

In How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, Adams shares “the strategy he has used since he was a teen to invite failure in, embrace it, then pick its pocket.”

Here are ten things I took away from reading his book.

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This is a great list. And yeah, #1 most resonates with me:

1. Do creative work first.

In the morning he is a creator, in the afternoon he’s a copier. Mindless tasks go later in the day. This is the single biggest change you can make in order to improve your odds of success.

The way I approach the problem of multiple priorities is by focusing on just one main metric: my energy. I make choices that maximize my personal energy because that makes it easier to manage all of the other priorities.

One of the most important tricks for maximizing your productivity involves matching your mental state to the task.

Mark McGuinness writes the same thing in Manage Your Day-to-Day.

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