(1) To distort: To make something appear different than it is
He distorted the benefits to make them seem better than they really are.
(2) To work out: To have a good result
Unfortunately, the campaign didn’t work out and we had to start again.
(3) To reproduce: To copy, create the same thing again
I love the product, but it just costs too much to reproduce. We need to lower our costs to be successful.
1. For success, what’s more important than passion?
a. A creative idea
b. Good goals
c. A good business plan
2. Why is a system more important than a goal?
a. Goals have no value
b. Systems create good results
c. It’s difficult to succeed at reaching goals
3. For luck, what does it mean to keep your hand raised until its your turn?
a. You need to just wait for luck to come to you
b. Luck doesn’t always happen, so just work hard
c. Keep going and after time you’ll get lucky
What does it take to be successful? Often people will say “follow your passion” and “set good goals.” But according Scott Adams–the creator of the popular comic Dilbert–those things are exactly true.
In today’s lesson, you’ll learn about Scott Adam’s ideas on how to be successful. You’ll prepare yourself to read a longer article on the topic. You’ll also learn some important vocabulary. He has three ideas in the article. Here they are:
First Idea: Passion isn’t so important He writes that “it’s easy to be passionate about things that are working out, and that distorts our impression of the importance of passion.”
What he means is that when things work well, we get excited. But if things don’t work, then we aren’t excited. So, it seems like passion creates the success, but actually “Success caused passion more than passion caused success.”
He gives the example of a loan officer. He says his old boss told him to give loans to people with good spreadsheets and a desire to work hard.
Second Idea: Have a system instead of a goal
In the video, he says “Goals are OK, but what you need more than goals is a system, a process.” This means you should think about how to be successful more than what success really means for you. Don’t say, “I’m going to make a million dollars.” Instead, say “I’m going to write a new program every month for one year.” You should then hope that one of those programs will make you a million dollars.
The example he gives is losing weight. You don’t want to say “I’m going to lose 10kg.” Instead, you should say “I’m going to eat better and exercise more.”
It’s more important to have a system because then you’ll be doing the things that lead to success. Anyway, you can’t achieve your goals without a way to get to them.
Third Idea: Keep going and you’ll get lucky.
Scott feels that luck is very important for success. However, we don’t get lucky all the time. Instead, we should have a system that makes it more likely that we’ll get lucky. He writes, “The universe has plenty of luck to go around; you just need to keep your hand raised until it’s your turn.”
In his case, he continued trying to create something of value that would be easy to reproduce. After many failures, he “got lucky” with his comic strip Dilbert.
And, by the way, if you have trouble understanding, send me a message. We teach lots of students Business English and I’m sure we could help you too!