It’s easy to become the best in the world at something

Scott Adams suggests not trying to become the best in the world at one thing but, rather, to get in the top 25% of several things. He says, “I layered together several mediocre skills that the combination of which made it powerful… So I could be a mediocre artist, an okay writer, not even the funniest person in the room, and I know a little bit about business. Put those four things together and you have the Dilbert comic – something that has great economic value.”

I would argue he has still become the best in the world at something: the best artistic and comedic businessman cartoonist. The idea is that you build a niche for yourself at which you are the best in the world. Become a “subject-matter expert” through being a “jack of all trades”.

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