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Don’t expect a laugh a minute from this rather earnest guide to career and life success. Scott Adams – the creator of the sardonic office-life comic strip “Dilbert” – proves an accomplished amateur life and career coach. He warns you right from the start not to take cartoonists seriously. He minimizes the jokes early on and gets right to the advice, which is mostly sincere, practical and compelling. In debunking the current hype around passion, for example, Adams admits that his passion for drawing results only from his success and the fact that drawing pays well. He suggests pursuing whatever gives you energy, be it food, work or other people. Adams recommends following systems rather than chasing goals. For example, aiming to sell your company for $50 million is a goal – but taking measured risks, trying, failing, learning, trying again and working diligently is a system. getAbstract recommends Adams’s earnest advice to young professionals who will learn a lot about success and happiness, and to anyone else looking for an occasional chuckle and some solid counsel.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to extract positive elements from your failures;
  • What systems and practices will position you for a happy, successful life; and
  • How rich, famous cartoonist Scott Adams uses such systems and practices.

About the Author

Scott Adams, creator of “Dilbert,” is a cartoonist, best-selling author and an international speaker.



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