Scott Adams on Goals

I like Scott Adams. He’s down to earth, quite clever, knows how to make it. His book How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life outlines his system. He says — and I agree 100% — that goals are for losers. Winners don’t set goals; they create a system, and then work as hard as they can. If you have a good system, you will make it. The focus is on the process, not the outcome.[1]

Another point he makes is that passion is overrated. Many successful people would ascribe their success to their passion and advise people to follow their passion, but there are many more failures who also followed their passion.

Click on the image above for the Business Insider article of 2015 in which they have a slide presentation of Scott’s ideas. They also picked a bunch of Dilbert cartoons. Click on the cartoon below for more.

 

NOTES:

[1] This basic bit of truth has been found in disparate disciplines: the Indian religious classics, Buchanan’s economics, physics, philosophy, etc. More about this later.

Author: Atanu Dey

Economist.

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