Notes from Scott Adams Book

The main take away  from Scott Adams Book ” How to Fail at Almost everything and still win Big,” he outlines a powerful idea that ” Goals are for losers, systems are for winners.” 

” For our purposes, lets say a goal is a specific objective that you either achieve or don’t sometime in the future. A system is something you do on a regular basis that increase your odds of happiness in the long run. If you do something everyday, it’s a system. If you’re waiting to achieve it someday in the future, it’s a goal.”

“In the world of dieting, losing twenty pounds is a goal, but eating right is a system.”

I take this to mean that a system is a decision making algorithm. Inputs and situations are considered before they are encountered, and rules are created to deal with situations as they come up, so that the decision that is made, the action that is taken, and the patterns of behavior that are created increase the odds of success. 

Meta systems and sub systems.

If all the systems were taken together, that would be the meta system.

The meta system is made up of subsystems, for example, a system for eating, a system for how to spend money, a system for exercise, anything that has to do with decision making, actions, than this is the system. I believe that there is an ultimate meta system around us, a system of infrastructure and sensory inputs to drive behavior. That system can be considered the default system, the system that makes decisions for you if you haven’t already made your systems. 

Some Basic Systmes

Inputs – Time, money, energy

Health – eating and working out.  – basic – slow carb and kettle bells, biking 

money – Ramit Sethi I will teach you to be rich, career – so good they can’t ignore you, never eat alone

social – three hour dinner with friends at least once a week, build a wolf pack, build a group of friends, 

meaning – 5 mindfullness trainings, experience 



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