Scott Adams, the founder of Dilbert & author of “ How to fail at almost everything and still win big ” shares his life’s story. All along, he strongly advises not to take advice from cartoonists. A few points he puts forward are:
Learning from failures
Scott failed on various occasions in his businesses as well as personal life. However, he kept on failing smart i.e. learning from failures and trying better next time. Also, improve the odds and become more valuable with every attempt. Say Raj and Prem are 2 guys in college, trying to get a girlfriend. Raj starts liking 1 girl, researches all about her and after months tries to go after her, only to discover she has a boyfriend or isn’t interested in him. Prem, however, flirts and approaches as many girls as possible. This, in turn, allows him to know what girls like, how to talk to girls and basically, improve his chance of making a girlfriend.
Goals v/s Systems
The same example also makes for his 2nd That is, to have systems instead of Goals. In today’s world, things are changing very fast. So, to target and achieve a Goal is not smart as the goal or the world itself can change and make that irrelevant. Instead, create and follow systems that improve odds and takes you closer to success.
- Passion is the key success ingredient. Really????
Every successful person follows their passion. That’s what all the winners of American idol spoke about. However, the 1000s of others that didn’t make it also said they were passionate. So what’s separates them?
The winners were the ones that constantly improved their knowledge and seemingly had great Luck. This luck also came from other factors they had in common such as proper exercise, healthy food and taking proper rest.Scott overall keeps it an interesting read full of humour and lessons told in a light-hearted manner. The book “ How to fail at almost everything and still win big ” is a great read.