Success isn’t magic. There is no secret. As the creator of Dilbert, Scott Adams will tell you “It’s generally the product of picking a good system and following it until luck finds you.”
So why is there such a misconception about success? Mostly because it is never taught. Our school systems were designed to prepare children for the workforce. How to sit still, do what you are told and raise your hand to go to the bathroom.
The problem is that the workforce no longer exists like it once did. The future of the workforce is serving coffee, repairing robots and mixing drinks behind a bar. Yes, this is a generalization, but that doesn’t make it any less accurate.
Prior to the industrial revolution, most of what would today be referred to as the workforce were actually entrepreneurs. Many studied under masters of craft as an apprentice, learning important skills to one day take over or start a new business entirely.
In fact, we as humans are much more entrepreneurial historically than we are worker bees.
But thats not what they teach us in school.
If you think about it, the average kid spends essentially no time around highly successful people. The only success they might ever be around comes from movies and television. They see the 18 year old kid get drafted to the NBA or the start-up founder ringing the bell at his IPO, but they don’t see the years spent in the gym shooting jumpers and the many failures and sleepless nights that every entrepreneur endures.
The More Skills You Have, The More Chances You Have For Success
If you aren’t working hard to improve yourself and your situation, then how can you ever expect a change? It’s ok if you haven’t thought about it like this before, but its not ok if you don’t do something about it now.
What no one told you before is that the act of learning is actually a skill you can work on, develop and improve. The more you learn the more likely you are to achieve success.
Its like buying a lottery ticket that never expires and the numbers are called constantly. Every skill is a new lottery ticket in hand that could cash in at any time. If you are just sitting on one ticket, your odds are still poor.
Successful people keep adding tickets. All of the time. Even when they become successful.
Nothing comes to those who wait. Good things come to people who work their asses off.
You don’t even have to be an expert!
You don’t need to master these skills. It helps, but mastering one skill has a law of diminishing returns. Consider someone like Curt Shilling who mastered the skill of being a baseball Pitcher, but never developed business acumen. He was very successful at one thing and very unsuccessful at another.
Now take someone like Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert. He is admittedly ok at a few things that equal great success. For example: ok at business, mediocre at drawing, ok at marketing, ok humor, incredible work ethic and master of learning. This has made him a very rich and famous person.
Some skills are more valuable than others. But every new skill learned makes you better at the skill of learning new skills. (Read that part again. Its important)
If there is one great skill to master, its the ability to learn new skills. Just learning how to code won’t make you the next Mark Zuckerberg, but learning how to code, brand yourself on social media and how to speak a foreign language could REALLY open up a lot of opportunity for you around the world.
Being good at multiple things can trump being excellent at one thing. For example, speaking conversational Spanish and knowing how to create a website might be more valuable than only mastering Spanish or only knowing about websites.
How do I become a better learner?
That’s easy! Start with things you like and enjoy. Then expand from there. Set yourself up for success from the beginning.
Going from 0 to 100MPH for someone who has never driven a car before is just silly.
Set out to learn one new thing in the next 6 months Devour it completely. Then move on to something else.
You are NOT to busy. You are NOT too old. You are MAYBE too lazy, but that can be fixed.
Step One: Read Scott Adam’s book How To Fail At Almost Everything And Still Win Big
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