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10 Great Quotes from "How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big" by Scott Adams

    1. In our messy, flawed lives, the nearest we can get to truth is consistency.

    2. Success is entirely accessible, even if you happen to be a huge screwup 95 percent of the time.

    3. One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever heard goes something like this: If you want success, figure out the price, then pay it. It sounds trivial and obvious, but if you unpack the idea it has extraordinary power.

    4. Good ideas have no value because the world already has too many of them. The market rewards execution, not ideas.

    5. 4. On systems vs. goals.

    Goal-oriented people exist in a state of continuous presuccess failure at best, and permanent failure at worst if things never work out. Systems people succeed every time they apply their systems, in the sense that they did what they intended to do. The goals people are fighting the feeling of discouragement at each turn. The systems people are feeling good every time they apply their system. That’s a big difference in terms of maintaining your personal energy in the right direction.

    6. On selfishness.

    The most important form of selfishness involves spending time on your fitness, eating right, pursuing your career, and still spending quality time with your family and friends. If you neglect your health or your career, you slip into the second category—stupid—which is a short slide to becoming a burden on society.

    7. 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.

    8. The next time you’re in a gloomy mood, try smiling at a stranger you pass on the street.

    You’ll be surprised how many people reflexively return the smile, and if you smile often enough, eventually that cue will boot up the happiness subroutine in your brain and release the feel-good chemicals you desire.

    9. Where there is a tolerance for risk, there is often talent.

    10. To put the success formula into its simplest form: Good + Good > Excellent

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