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Scott Adams decided when he 6 years old that he wanted to become a famous cartoonist. Today, he is the creator of the Dilbert comic strip and the author of several nonfiction works of satire, commentary, business, and general speculation. Dilbert appears in 2,000 newspapers in 70 countries, making it one of the most successful syndicated comics. Here are some highlights from our chat:

  • The Early Promotions that Scott Got Passed Up For 
  • Why Efforts and Outcomes Are Not Related
  • The Power of Failing at a Higher Level Goal 
  • A Look at the Early Inspiration for Dilbert
  • How to Identify Your Areas of Talent
  • Moving from Goals that Have Bad Odds to Better Odds
  • How to Combine Your Average Skills to Be Unique
  • Layering Skills Together that Increase Your Odds of Success
  • Understanding the Difference Between Goals and Systems
  • Lessons Learned from Scott's Failures
  • Choosing Failures that Actually Benefit You 
  • Learning to Develop a Voice Based on Chats with Siblings
  • The Creative Process for Coming Up with Dilbert

Scott Adams is a cartoonist and the creator of Dilbert. You can follow him on twitter @Dilbert_Daily. If you liked this article, would you share it with your friends? Just click here to post it to Twitter.   

Originally aired almost 3 years ago.

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