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" Be careful that what you write does not offend anybody or cause problems within the company. The safest approach is to remove all useful information. "
" Before 'Dilbert,' I tried to become a computer programmer. In the early days of computing, I bought this big, heavy, portable computer for my house. I spent two years nights and weekends trying to write games that I thought I would sell. Turns out I'm not that good a programmer, so that was two years that didn't work out. "
" Beware of advice about successful people and their methods. For starters, no two situations are alike. Your dreams of creating a dry-cleaning empire won't be helped by knowing that Thomas Edison liked to take naps. "
" Consultants have credibility because they are not dumb enough to work at your company. "
" Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. "
" 'Dilbert' became popular during the downsizing of the '90s, and job security was a major theme of the strip. "
" Engineers like to solve problems. If there are no problems handily available, they will create their own problems. "
" Every skill you acquire doubles your odds of success. "
" For most of my career I did one comic a day, every day, including weekends and holidays. "
" 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. I've been involved in several dozen business ventures over the course of my life, and each one made me excited at the start. You might even call it passion. "
" Free will is an illusion. People always choose the perceived path of greatest pleasure. "
" Happiness is nothing but good health and freedom, and money is the single best way you can buy your freedom. "
" Home is pretty utopian. "
" I burned out my drawing hand by using it too much. The common word for it is writer's cramp. The fancy words for it are focal dystonia. The symptom in my case was a pinky finger that went spastic when I tried to draw. "
" I don't get embarrassed by the same things that other people do. I would say that probably the biggest thing that holds people back is, 'If I do this, I'm going to look like an idiot if it doesn't work out.' "
" If a job's worth doing, it's too hard. "
" If there are no stupid questions, then what kind of questions do stupid people ask? Do they get smart just in time to ask questions? "
" If you drill down on any success story, you always discover that luck was a huge part of it. You can't control luck, but you can move from a game with bad odds to one with better odds. You can make it easier for luck to find you. The most useful thing you can do is stay in the game. "
" If you have any trouble sounding condescending, find a Unix user to show you how it's done. "
" If you have a reasonable system for pursuing success, it can survive a lot of face-plants along the way. That knowledge makes success seem accessible. If you think successful people have some sort of superpower or special connections, why try? "
" If your current get-rich project fails, take what you learned and try something else. Keep repeating until something lucky happens. The universe has plenty of luck to go around; you just need to keep your hand raised until it's your turn. It helps to see failure as a road and not a wall. "
" If your goal is to lose 10 pounds, you may wake up each day with failure in mind because the goal is hard to reach, and you are progressing only by small amounts. It takes up all your willpower. I recommend that instead of a goal, you have a system. "
" If you see voters as rational, you'll be a terrible politician. People are not wired to be rational. Our brains simply evolved to keep us alive. Brains did not evolve to give us truth. Brains merely give us movies in our minds that keeps us sane and motivated. But none of it is rational or true, except maybe sometimes by coincidence. "
" I get mail; therefore I am. "
" I had several different bosses during the early years of 'Dilbert.' They were all pretty sure I was mocking someone else. "
" I hated my work. It never seemed to me to be what I should be doing. "
" I have an endless stream of suggestions coming in from readers who are in cubicles. That keeps me going. "
" I have a perverse attraction to risk. Not physical risk but emotional, financial risk - anything than can't kill you immediately. "
" I love magazines. It's such McNugget kind of information. "
" I'm a poor artist. Through brute force, I brought myself up to mediocre. I've never taken a writing class, but I can write okay. "
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