Scott Adams quotes 26 to 50

  1. A person with a flexible schedule and average resources will be happier than a rich person who has everything except a flexible schedule.
  2. In my experience, any form of exercise that requires willpower is unsustainable. To stay fit in the long run you need to limit your exercise to whatever level doesn’t feel like work, just as kids do.
  3. It’s a cliché that who you know is helpful for success. What is less obvious is that you don’t need to know CEOs and billionaires. Sometimes you just need a friend who knows different things than you do. And you can always find one of those.
  4. The smartest system for discerning your best path to success involves trying lots of different things – sampling, if you will.
  5. Apparently humans are wired to take care of their own needs first, then family, tribe, country, and the world, roughly in that order.
  6. I learned by observation that people who pursued extraordinarily unlikely goals were overly optimistic, delusional at worst, and just plain stupid most of the time.
  7. In the exercise realm, running a marathon in under 4 hours is a goal, but exercising daily is a system. In business, making a million dollars is a goal, but being a social entrepreneur is a system.
  8. And since timing is often hard to get right unless you are psychic, it makes sense to try different things until you get the timing right by luck.
  9. Once all of my personal needs were met, my thoughts automatically turned to how I could make the world a better place…it just happened on its own.
  10. This book is another example of something that gets my energy up. I like to think that someone might read this collection of ideas and find a few thoughts that help. That possibility is tremendously motivating for me.
  11. Your attitude affects everything you do in your quest for success and happiness. A positive attitude is an important tool. It’s important to get it right.
  12. But my scientific observation is that people are born wired for certain preferences. Those preferences drive behavior, and that’s what can make a person willing to practice a skill.
  13. There’s a strong connection between what interests you and what you’re good at.
  14. Overcoming obstacles is normally an unavoidable part of the process. But you also need to know when to quit. Persistence is useful, but there’s no point in being an idiot about it.
  15. By any definition, what I’m doing is work, but because I can control the timing of it on this particular day, it doesn’t feel like work. I’ve transformed work into pleasure simply by having control over when I do it.
  16. I find it useful to daydream that the future will be better than today, by far. I like to imagine a future that is spectacular and breathtaking. Simply imagining a better future hacks your brain chemistry and provides you with the sensation of happiness today.
  17. If you’re unattractive – and this is my area of expertise – your conversation skills (with a stranger) will become especially important.
  18. In the long run, any system that depends on your willpower will fail. Or worse, some other part of your life will suffer as you focus your limited stockpile of willpower on fitness.
  19. I have to say the richness of the whole restaurant experience was totally worth the money. I was in a position to afford the losses without altering my lifestyle, so I don’t regret any of it.
  20. I wanted the product to be something that was easy to reproduce in unlimited quantities. I didn’t want to sell my time, at least not directly, because that model has an upward limit. I wanted to create, invent, write, or otherwise concoct something widely desired that would be easy to reproduce.
  21. Ideally, you want to manage your personal energy for the long term and the big picture. Having one more cocktail at midnight might be an energy boost at the time, but you pay for it double the next day.
  22. Don’t worry if your idea is a long shot. That’s not what matters right now. Today you want to daydream of your idea being a huge success so you can enjoy the feeling. Let your ideas for the future fuel your energy today. No matter what you want to do in life, higher energy will help you get there.
  23. A smarter approach is to think of learning as a system in which you continually expose yourself to new topics, primarily the ones you find interesting.
  24. Humor raises your energy, and that can reverberate into everything you do at school, at work, or in your personal life. The boost of energy will even make you more willing to exercise, and that will raise your overall energy even more.
  25. You need to control the order and timing of things to be happy. It’s important to look at happiness in terms of timing because timing is easier to control than resources.

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