“Be useful.” – Scott Adams
Scott Adams (@scottadamssays) is the creator of the Dilbert comic strip, which has been published in more than 2,000 newspapers in 57 countries and in 19 languages.
In my conversation with Scott, we cover topics ranging from the rise of Dilbert, to how he uses affirmations to impact stock market decisions, success with women, and building his career.
We also talk about Scott’s interest in hypnosis and its relationship to his writing process. Plus, we dive into his current fascination with Donald Trump.
You’ll also find out more about:
- Goals vs. systems, and how he has used the latter to get what he wants in life
- His first ever Dilbert paycheck
- The six dimensions of humor
- How he got into the best shape of his life at age 58, and much, much more.
It is a really fun conversation. Scott is one hell of a character and a hilarious guy.
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Want to hear a podcast related to creativity? — Listen to my conversation with Ed Catmull, who is President and Co-Founder of Pixar and author of Creativity, Inc. Stream this episode below or right-click here to download:
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Scroll below for links and show notes…
Selected Links from the Episode
- More information about the reticular activation system
- The Luck Factor by Richard Wiseman
- The definition of selective memory
- Judo foot sweeps
- Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP)
- Scott’s blog on The iPhone 4 “High Ground Maneuver“
- The tools Scott uses to draw his cartoons:
- Scott’s blog post on the 6 elements of humor
- Other cartoons
- Background on the condition of spasmodic dysphonia.
- Influence by Robert B. Cialdini
- How To Stop Worrying And Start Living by Dale Carnegie
- Scott’s book God’s Debris
- Connect with Scott:
- How Scott started using affirmations [08:45]
- The beginning stages of Scott’s journey as a cartoonist [20:45]
- The process Scott uses to create his affirmations and the reasons they work [22:39]
- How God’s Debris came about [32:01]
- How Scott incorporates hypnosis into his life [35:25]
- Scott’s first hypnosis experience and why he started [39:15]
- Scott’s definition of hypnosis [45:50]
- How writing has helped his practice of hypnosis [48:41]
- Hypnosis, NLP, and Donald Trump [51:00]
- How the way Trump phrases his statements help him in the media [59:43]
- Scott’s view on goals vs. systems, and why each approach can work [1:02:39]
- Scott’s practical approach to dieting [1:12:29]
- The first time Scott was paid for Dilbert, his ‘day job,’ and where his first ideas came from [1:18:27]
- How he came up with the name Dogbert [1:21:51]
- The aspects of Dilbert that have changed over time and what the characters mean to Scott [1:23:07]
- Scott’s techniques to help Dilbert succeed and gain a competitive advantage over other cartoon strips [1:24:31]
- The tools and routines Scott uses to get in the creative mood [1:30:42]
- Scott’s morning routine [1:34:09]
- Scott’s six elements of humor [1:37:26]
- Other cartoons Scott respects and reads [1:41:26]
- How Scott got his voice back after identifying he had spasmodic dysphonia [1:42:36]
- The book Scott would recommend everyone read [1:51:30]
- When Scott thinks of the word “successful,” who is the first person that comes to mind? [1:58:58]
- The advice Scott would give his 30-year old self [2:01:54]
- Richard Wiseman
- Milton Erickson
- John Grinder
- Tony Robbins
- Steve Jobs
- James Altucher
- Donald Trump
- Bill Gates
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