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Subject:  Scott Adams' Secret of Success: Failure Date:  10/12/2013  9:51 AM
Author:  arrete Number:  700946 of 740119

>> Interesting read, as usual. Not what you would expect. He's serious in a funny way.

>> My boss, who had been a commercial lender for over 30 years, said that the best loan customer is someone who has no passion whatsoever, just a desire to work hard at something that looks good on a spreadsheet. Maybe the loan customer wants to start a dry-cleaning store or invest in a fast-food franchise—boring stuff. That's the person you bet on. You want the grinder, not the guy who loves his job.

For most people, it's easy to be passionate about things that are working out, and that distorts our impression of the importance of passion.
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Dilbert started out as just one of many get-rich schemes I was willing to try. When it started to look as if it might be a success, my passion for cartooning increased because I realized it could be my golden ticket. In hindsight, it looks as if the projects that I was most passionate about were also the ones that worked. But objectively, my passion level moved with my success. Success caused passion more than passion caused success.

So forget about passion. And while you're at it, forget about goals, too.
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I do want my failures to make me stronger, of course, but I also want to become smarter, more talented, better networked, healthier and more energized. If I find a cow t*rd on my front steps, I'm not satisfied knowing that I'll be mentally prepared to find some future cow t*rd . I want to shovel that t*rd onto my garden and hope the cow returns every week so I never have to buy fertilizer again. Failure is a resource that can be managed. <<
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405270230462610457912...

Can you believe this didn't pass TMF's profanity filter? It's out of the WSJ - not a well-known source of cursing and porn.

arrete
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