Dilbert on Systems vs. Goals

Dilbert on Systems vs. Goals

Scott Adams, creator of the infamous cartoon character Dilbert, explores the difference between goals and systems in his new book How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life.  Example: Losing 10 pounds is a goal – learning to eat right is a system.  And Adams contends that systems ALWAYS trump goals.  Here is a link to his blog, where Adams digs into the difference between a goal and a system (i.e. working out 3 to 4 times per week is a goal – not a system).  This is exactly why your processes and systems, meeting rhythms, and dashboards help you achieve your goals.

Adams reveals that he’s failed at just about everything he’s tried, including his corporate career, his inventions, his investments, and his two restaurants. But there’s a lot to learn from his personal story, and a lot of humor along the way. Here are some unlikely truths Adams discovered that helped him move forward in his life.

  • Goals are for losers. Systems are for winners.
  • “Passion” is bull. What you need is personal energy.
  • A combination of mediocre skills can make you surprisingly valuable.
  • You can manage your odds in a way that makes you look lucky to others.

“Adams hopes you can laugh at his failures while discovering some unique and helpful ideas on your own path to personal victory.”

All the Best


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