Scott Adams writes about “Having a System”

Great article in the Sat/Sun (Oct 12-13, 2013) edition of the Wall Street Journal, written by DILBERT author Scott Adams, entitled FAIL YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS. You have to like an author who states “Success is entirely accessible, even if you happen to be a huge screw-up 95% of the time.” Another wonderful quote provided the insight that ” Success caused passion more than passion caused success.”  If you stop to think about this for a second you will realize it’s absolutely true – everyone is most passionate when things go well, it’s just human nature.

For me personally, the most important quote in the article centered around “the idea that one should have a system instead of a goal … to continually look for better options.”  We have a system, which dates back to the first century BC, that in fact helps the user track who, what, where, why and when, which we’ve digitized for the 21st century and branded it as W5 Templates. Mr. Adams states, “In most cases, as far as I can tell, the people who use systems do better. ”   How they do better is addressed by the quote “The market rewards execution, not ideas” which reminds me of the classic marketing vs. sales debate – which is better?  A strategic plan that’s 100% complete, but only executed 70% or a plan that’s 70% complete, but executed flawlessly. Flawless execution wins every time, hands down.

Failing your way to success is a tried and true entrepreneurial right of passage. Having a system in place, to help manage the executional details, will help bring about success faster.

Dave Oshlag has been helping companies large and small stay organized and focus on the right projects for more than 25 years.  His specialty is saving hours of time wasted on disorganized systems without spending thousands of dollars. He’s best known for enabling massive changes in productivity with tools like W5 Templates that are simple, streamlined and get people organized quickly.

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