As we look to spark thought-provoking discussions at The Zurich Project Workshop 2017, it might be interesting for us as a group to read a few books in the months leading up to June. The books, in one way or another, relate to the mission of “building a great investment firm”. At the workshop, selected participants will facilitate informal discussions on key lessons from some of the books.

The selection for February is How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, by Scott Adams. Special thanks to Anuj Didwania and Ahmed Husain for this terrific suggestion.

Here’s a preview of the book, courtesy of

Scott Adams has likely failed at more things than anyone you’ve ever met, including his corporate career, his inventions, his investments, and two restaurants. So how did he go from hapless office worker to the creator of Dilbert, one of the world’s most famous syndicated comic strips, in just a few years? In this funny yet serious book full of personal stories, Adams shares the strategies he has used to invite failure in, embrace it, then pick its pocket. Among his contrarian lessons: (i) Goals are for losers. Systems are for winners. (ii) A combination of mediocre skills can make you surprisingly valuable. (iii) You can manage your odds in a way that makes you look lucky to others.

Keep your book recommendations coming. We’ll be updating and sharing the list periodically.

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