Date finished: 7/3/19
Scott Adams' book about how to win at life is pretty hilarious. Maybe it is because he is the creator of Dilbert and have mastered sarcasm. It was an easy read. He had a lot of lessons learned through his life and career.
Three things that really stuck out for me:
1. Goals vs. Systems - he explained that one should not just have goals, but we should have systems to repeatedly able to do something. It almost seems like he's saying having a goal makes a glass ceiling for you, that you will stop once this "goal" was achieved. Instead, we should have a system where we are working towards this goal, and stick to this "system" which will be foolproof. This made me think about my friend Daniel's Youtube Channel "goal." His goal was to be able to document interesting people's lives around him. He should also have a "system" which prevents him from procrastinating and sending the video out immediately after he shoots it.
2. Deciding vs. Wanting - if you want success, figure out the price, then pay it. Deciding to succeed is so much different than just "wanting" to succeed. This makes me think of all the bad times and bad moods I have. Deciding to be happy is different than "wanting" to be happy.
3. Pick a delusion that works -
"My main point about perception is that you shouldn't hesitate to modify your perceptions to whatever makes you happy, because you are probably wrong about the underlying nature of reality anyway."
"Free yourself from the shackles of an oppressive reality. What's real to you is what you imagine and what you feel. If you manage your illusions wisely, you might get what you want, but you won't necessarily understand why it worked."
Some book notes:
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