Scott Adams is a multifaceted personality who has made a significant impact across various fields.
Born in 1957, in New York, he began his career in the corporate world before venturing into cartooning, writing, and commentary.
Scott embarked on his professional journey working in a bank, followed by a spell at Pacific Bell. His experiences in the corporate world laid the foundations for his Dilbert comic strip.
Launched in 1989, Dilbert – featuring a white-collar engineer and his misadventures in a dysfunctional office environment – gained immense popularity. By the mid-90s, it was syndicated in hundreds of newspapers worldwide, eventually expanding into television and merchandise.
In addition to his cartoon work, Scott also became well-known for his writing and blogging. He has authored several non-fiction books on various topics, including The Dilbert Principle, How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big and Win Bigly.
His writings typically offer a satirical view on the corporate world, personal development, and persuasion techniques.
Scott’s interest in hypnosis and persuasion is another noteworthy aspect of his persona. He trained as a hypnotist and frequently emphasises the role of persuasion in everyday life. His book Win Bigly focuses particularly on President Donald Trump’s persuasion techniques, a subject he often discusses on his blog.
Scott is known for his advocacy of systems over goals, wherein he stresses creating systems or habits that increase the odds of success over time, rather than focusing on specific goals.
He also suffered from a condition known as spasmodic dysphonia, a vocal disorder that causes involuntary spasms in the muscles that produce voice. Remarkably, he experienced a spontaneous recovery, a rarity with this condition.