Scott Adams (creator of Dilbert) has failed at a lot of things – restaurants, TV shows, product start-ups, losing his voice, and others.
But he also made it big with Dilbert.
Within this book, he describes what he’s learned along the way.
Some of the key points:
– Health and exercise improves energy, allows you to become more productive, creative, positive, and to handle adversity better.
– Luck has a big part of success. You can’t control it, but you can learn multiple skills to help increase your odds in having luck find you.
– Find a niche, where you can compete in a smaller field, especially if it’s one that might intimidate others.
– Happiness can happen naturally when you have good health, resources/skills and you’re provided a flexible schedule.
– Key skills that are universal: communication (written/verbal), being social/likeable, tech concepts, accounting principles, your ability to simplify things.
– Utilize systems rather than goals (Scott outlines systems that he uses in the book).
– Failure is your friend, invite it in, learn from it, and continue to utilize it to keep moving forward.