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RPK

C'mon, Scott...you're allowed more than one sip of champagne in your life. Celebrating your acheivements does not mean you have to stop trying to reach your next goal. So pop the cork, enjoy! Then get back to work tomorrow...

Mexican fisherman

An American tourist was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked.

Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The tourist complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

The Mexican replied, "Only a little while."

The tourist then asked, "Why didn't you stay out longer and catch more fish?"

The Mexican said, "With this I have more than enough to support my family's needs."

The tourist then asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"

The Mexican fisherman said, "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos, I have a full and busy life."

The tourist scoffed, " I can help you. You should spend more time fishing; and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat: With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats. Eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor; eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You could leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then Los Angeles and eventually New York where you could run your ever-expanding enterprise."

The Mexican fisherman asked, "But, how long will this all take?"

The tourist replied, "15 to 20 years."

"But what then?" asked the Mexican.

The tourist laughed and said, "That's the best part. When the time is right you would sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions."

"Millions?...Then what?"

The American said, "Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos."

Blogger Bhaiyya

That is pure/simple pessimissm.

But its ur life ...Yay!!

Penethra

No comment. :)

Kirk

After submitting 9 different cartoon strips for syndications, I thought that being offered a contract was the hard part. Now I have to write a bestseller too! Perhaps I should write the book first, then work backwards.

I believe the retirement of Bill Watterson ("Calvin and Hobbes") and Gary Larson ("The Far Side") greatly increased the amount of newspapers adding "Dilbert" to their comic pages. Perhaps with your clout, Scott, you could encourage newspapers and syndicates not to run the cartoons from dead cartoonists. How will we ever discover the next Scott Adams if the comic pages are never refreshed?

BobUK

There are lots of comments about being happy with what you have - I wholeheartedly endorse this and think I have a reasonable example of why you should:

I used to be Assistant Manager at one of those laser game places. The hours were long and the money was pants. There were four directors who co-owned the franchise and they were all somewhat driven. One of them in particular was a fairly personable Scottish fellow who was the most results-oriented of the quartet - he once took his children into the laser game with him and was so competitive that he wouldn't let them shoot him.

When I saw him after the holiday season, I asked him if he had enjoyed his Christmas - he said "No, I would rather have been working."

I had already met his family - he had a charming and beautiful wife and two sweet little daughters who adored him. At that point, I felt nothing but sadness and pity for him. For all his wealth and status, he was obviously deeply unhappy.

Eventually I left the company and I often wonder if he ever found what he was striving for - whatever it was, I doubt his marriage survived it.

My point is, if you don't want to pop the champagne, at least have a beer and toast your achievements. Most importantly though, do it with your family.

1969iggy

One more thing Scott...

You mention that "The best you can hope for is a family that understands."

So if someone clicks on the "About" link above it mentions some of those things that weren't good enough to celebrate, but not anything about "the best you can hope for"... (That would be your "family that understands").

What's up with that?

BJUK

How to get that Nobel prize? Easy, just apply for the made up job of Middle Eastern Envoy for the EU/US/Russia. You'd do a better job than Blair and people would know you weren't "spinning".

Go get 'em sorted tiger, raise that bar!

Jason

As soon as you're satisfied, you're obsolete.

Alfster

Everyone of those events was a success. It was a goal reached and yet you seem to see each goal as another rung on the ladder to the ultimate goal...but you did not tell us what that was. Have you got an ultimate goal?

You seem to be climbing a ladder and with each rung you move up the ladder you add another one to the top of it.

Celebrate each step up the ladder. Each one is an event that most of us will never attain.

Hell, I have just been made redundant by the moronic company I work for. I got a job on my second interview. I still need to sign the contract but I celebrated with a glass of champagne last Friday.

Why? Because someone had offered me a job: I have previously been turned down for loads a few years ago. It was a success. Now maybe this week I would not have taken it however it was a rung up and I may fall but I celebrated that feeling. That feeling that I want to have again.

Treat the champagne as remembering that feeling. If the whole thing fails you will have the memory of that glass of champagne to get you ready for that next rung upwards.

You should certainly have a glass of champagne to celebrate the joy that you have brought to millions with your work...there is nothing to take that away from you.

Cheers Scott!

E. van As

I think that's kinda stupid Mr. Adams. I celebrate all my successes exuberantly.

If you're not able to enjoy achievements, what's the point in achieving them?

Bromond

rd: Thank you for your kind and thoughtful words.

Sincerely, Bromond

Simon

Hey Scott,

Wow - ten years. Time flies though huh? I remember when I first saw your comic, it was in "tv weekly" style magazine in New Zealand. But I could swear that it was a lot longer than 10 years ago though. You've been working on Dilbert longer than that surely? Maybe I should Wikipedia it and find out huh? (April 16th 1989 apparently)

Anyway - I didn't like it. Now... I can't get enough. As Fat Boy Slim would say "You've come a long way baby" - at least with this fan.

But leaving aside my own reminiscing and getting onto your actual post I've got to say, I love personal achievement - whether its my own, or someone elses. Its got a feel good factor that everyone can appreciate.

Nice one mate.

Tanmay

Quite a nice story. I guess you have exhagerated it a bit. But yes it doesnt harm raising the bar of success while sipping on the flute.

Bertram

I'm getting mixed messages here. Your blog entry says motivation eventually wins, and my experience makes me agree. It did win, however, by sending the core Dilbert message that motivation is always the loser over and over, defying the American dream that everybody can be someone.

So, obviously, the objective of motivation makes a difference respectively - holding the mirror to the world is allowed to succeed, trying to save the world is not.

Which supports my motto: the world is better off without bad ideas, good ideas are better off without the world.

Robert Hamilton

Scott, Have you ever thought about how many prominent careers were shattered by one poorly received comment by the public? Can you imagine some multi-chinned Senator reading some of your blog comments back to you at a congressional hearing and then asking you to explain them? You'd be needing something a little harder than champaigne to wash down your prescription tranquilizer overdose. You couldn't even claim they were taken out of context.."Well why dont you just explain what the context of - Who Will kill All the Seniors? really is Mr. Dilbert?" Objection! overruled. You may answer the question Mr. Dilbert. With that spaso voice condition of yours, it would win the sweeps.

Shirley

another good story... :)

Aishu

Good read ! I literally had goosebumps when you were finally at No.1..!

Hey, you could have opened the champange each time you felt a 'Yay!'..that way you would have more happier moments to count by now.

Alex

Scott, take that glass of champagne now, you only have a life to live. Take one for your past sucess, and take another one for your future sucess. Take one for your wife and the rest of your family, and of course, take one for those "pointy-haired" bosses that led you here. Enjoy.

Lag

Hey, but you don't work so hard any more!

We've seen your typical day now, and fankly, that is nothing to a lot of people.

So stop claiming life is hard.

neopolitan

JT wrote:

All the liberals will reveal themselves when they tell you that you should be satisfied. Never stop hoping for more success and creating the illusion of struggle in your own head-it is what made you good and what will make you great. Kudos!
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You right-wing nuts are so bitter. You try to hide it, but the bitterness is there for all to see. Kudos JT!

Seeking greatness will certainly put you on the road to even more bitterness, even if you manage to achieve some measure of greatness. Look at Hitler, massive crowds adulating him, but he was still a bitter little man. The truly great people haven't sought greatness but rather had greatness thrust upon them.

cheers,

neopolitan
(one of those chicken-livered, bleeding heart liberals, and one of those right-wing nut-jub conservatives, depending on your politics - very occasionally considered a fellow middle-of-the-roader by others who realise that large numbers of idiots congregate on _both_ sides of the political fence)

Kevin Kunreuther

You haven't popped your cork yet? Man you have great staying power. I salute you.
The real trick is to be humble but unsatisfied and ambitious, isn't it? And before you know it, you'll achieve something worthwhile you weren't really aiming for in the first place.
Cool lesson.

Sir

Do you suppose it's not too late to lose it all?

mingz

well done!

Kusum Rohra

Hey Scott,

I don't agree with you on 'hold the champagne'on every achievement. It's amazing that you had ( correction- have) the drive to do more, to get there but then, like Constantine P. Cavafy said in Ithaka:

Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you're destined for.
But don't hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you're old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you've gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.

So celebrating little victories is just as important, because once you attain your goal, it's the process that makes you rich :)

And you cannot file this post under General Nonsense !!

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