Technically, the book 'How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big' by Scott Adams is not an autobiography. I think it would fall under the category of advisory books or career guides. I'm still writing about it in my Inspiring Biographies section because it essentially tells the story of his life in an honest and unfiltered way explaining how he got where he is now - a New York Times bestselling author and creator of the Dilbert comic strip.
One of the most incredible and inspiring aspects about Scott Adams is the fact that the daily and free Dilbert comics illustrate office life and business in such a hysterically funny and ironic way that I am convinced nobody working in business can be truly offended but everyone can relate. He describes how he was raised and how he got his first job and, according to him, how he 'failed his way to success' by trying many different things and taking many different risks that were mostly unprofitable.
His writing style and humor take you very lightly through the book and - being a fan of sarcastic humour myself - I had to laugh out loud multiple times. He describes his strategy of finding patterns and managing his opportunities in a way that would make it easier for luck to find him and he is very practical in advising the readers what to engage in and how to manage one's energy. Essentially, he describes a way to live - including ideas for sports, diet, time management, skills, energy etc. all so that each reader is the most equipped for whatever dream or path they want to follow. Because one could read this book from the perspective of a career guide or also as a philosophy to life.
I admire the practical advice he lists for increasing ones odds for success because it's so different and honest. Throughout the book he describes his voice problems he had had for years and how he kept on fighting for a cure until he managed it.
He ultimately argues that systems are better than goals because systems make it easier for luck and success to find you. I feel I need to stop here and just let everyone pick up this book and decide for themselves what the most important lesson is that Scott Adams wants to bring across.
Even if you don't believe in reading advice pieces or any form of guides, I would still recommend this book because of the author's incredible life story and journey to becoming the creator of Dilbert and because of his hilarious sense of sarcastic humour.