Scott Adams has this good idea that I want to generalize:
Adams has analyzed his rise to the top of his profession as well as the lives of other successful individuals. The result is the Adams success formula: “Every skill you acquire doubles your odds of success.” Adams says you can raise your market value by being “merely good—not extraordinary—at more than one skill.” Adams told me his career is an example of the success formula in action. “I’m a poor artist. Through brute force I brought myself up to mediocre. I’ve never taken a writing class, but I can write okay. If I have a party at my house, I’m not the funniest person in the room, but I’m a little bit funny, I can write a little bit, I can draw a little bit, and you put those three together and you’ve got Dilbert, a fairly powerful force.” Adams says the addition of a little business knowledge (he has an MBA from Berkeley’s Haas School of Business) and the sum of his “average” talents makes him more valuable than any one skill alone.
Carmine Gallo in Forbes
Dilbert Creator Scott Adams Reveals The Simple Formula That Will Double Your Odds Of Success
Adams is talking about practical skills that all adults should attain mediocrity in, specifically these:
- Public speaking
- Business writing
- Design (the basics)
- Overcoming shyness
- Second language
- Proper grammar
- Technology (hobby level)
- Proper voice technique
Now that we’re building the Grand Unified Theory of WINNING, we can go down the list and apply the same basic sort of calculation as I used for the naive success prediction index. Today MM and I went through one of the smaller subheadings and graded ourselves on how well we follow the guidelines for achieving happiness. Here’s mine:
4 -Do what you’re good at / become very good at what you do
(Something you can achieve Flow State regularly with. See my review of FLOW.)
3 -Minimize emotional pain.
2 -Do things you enjoy more often (Don’t take this as “watch more tv/play vidya games” that’s laziness, not true emotional enjoyment)
3 -Listen to uplifting and motivational music
2 -Give attention to the good, interpret things positively, and enjoy happy memories.
1 -Maximize smiling(even fake)
3 -Maximize laughing
3 -Focus on the good and you will feel good.
1 -Do things that are new, different, surprising!
4 -Have a sense of humor. Teasing, jokes, etc.
4 -Help others as much as possible
3 -Invest in others
2 -Success doesn’t bring happiness. Happiness brings success.
4 -Have a strong social support base with many people you have deep connections and frequent positive interaction with***
(^This is 70 percent of happiness!!!)
4 -Live for a grand purpose far more important than yourself.
2 -Exercise. Cardio over weights(for happiness at least) but do both.
1 -Have a lot of sex and minimize masturbation.
4 -Substantive talk builds happiness, small talk doesn’t.
3 -Anticipating happy events will make you happy.
2 -Use negative emotions as signals you need to change what you are doing, dont wallow in the state.
3 -It’s your beliefs about the world that cause distress, not the world itself.
2 -If you choose to self identify as a happy person, your happiness will increase.
I think this is a good exercise in self-awareness. Fours and fives are your moneymakers, ones are red flags for other people, and twos are annoying weaknesses. In terms of self-improvement, I think the easiest GAINZ come from turning twos and threes into threes and fours. So what I want to do over the next month is go down this list and take a couple of days each to focus on maximizing the twos and threes.
(Also, someone please link to that YouTube video about Maximizing the Maximum or whatever it was, because that shit was funny but I can’t find it to save my life.)