Monday, July 31, 2017

Think outside your box; try something, even if you have no experience in that particular endeavor!

Scott was having a busy day on Twitter today, with many people telling him not to quit his day job as a successful cartoonist, not to think outside the box. But, of course, thinking outside the box is who Scott Adams is!

He has been successful as a cartoonist, despite not having taking drawing classes. He has been successful as a book author, despite having no previous experience in writing books. He has been the most accurate predictor of the 2016 election, despite having no experience as a statistician or pundit. He gets paid big bucks to give speeches, despite having no training in giving speeches.

Scott's advice to those of us who are his fans is to pick the right thing to fail at! Don't win small with your day job. Win "bigly" by thinking outside of the box! People who are trying new things are more likely to succeed than people who follow Homer Simpson's model of "If you can't win, don't try!" Think of Henry Ford, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Zuckerberg, Bezos. Did they have experience in that thing that they succeeded at? No!

No comments: