Scott Adams on "How to Get a Real Education"

Dilbert creator Scott Adams wrote a wickedly funny and seriously informative Wall Street Journal article. A few useful tips:

  • It’s unlikely that any average student can develop a world-class skill in one particular area. But it’s easy to learn how to do several different things fairly well. I succeeded as a cartoonist with negligible art talent, some basic writing skills, an ordinary sense of humor and a bit of experience in the business world. The “Dilbert” comic is a combination of all four skills. The world has plenty of better artists, smarter writers, funnier humorists and more experienced business people. The rare part is that each of those modest skills is collected in one person. That’s how value is created.

  • If you’re taking risks, and you probably should, you can find yourself failing 90% of the time. The trick is to get paid while you’re doing the failing and to use the experience to gain skills that will be useful later.

  • To succeed, first you must do something. And if that doesn’t work, which can be 90% of the time, do something else. Luck finds the doers. Readers of the [Wall Street] Journal will find this point obvious. It’s not obvious to a teenager.

Posted by James on Sunday, April 10, 2011