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Are Goals For Losers?


I wouldn’t be completely surprised if I am struck by lightning after I publish this post.

First using the “L” word in a Network Marketing blog and then connecting that word to goal setting?

Oh boy.

In my defense, this is not a “Ty Tribble Original” idea.

I just devoured the Scott Adams book, ‘How To Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big‘. If you don’t recognize Scott Adams, he is the man behind the Dilbert comics and on a side note, predicted that Donald Trump would handily win the Republican nomination all thew way back on August 13th, 2015 when just about every pundit in the world gave Trump little chance at success.  The reasons why are most certainly destined for another blog post, but let’s get back to goals.

9781591846918_custom-550e5a01fbd83824c7be8bf5c59523b8586e2afb-s400-c85Adams believes that systems make a lot more sense than goals:

My problem with goals is that they are limiting. Granted, if you focus on one particular goal, your odds of achieving it are better than if you have no goal. But you also miss out on opportunities that might have been far better than your goal. Systems, however, simply move you from a game with low odds to a game with better odds. With a system you are less likely to miss one opportunity because you were too focused on another. With a system, you are always scanning for any opportunity.

He uses an example of setting a goal to lose 10 pounds. If you achieve the goal without utilizing some type of system that leads to a lifestyle change, you will inevitably put the weight right back on shortly after hitting the goal.

Another interesting example he used was excersise:

Compare the goal of exercising 3-4 times a week with a system of being active every day at a level that feels good, while continuously learning about the best methods of exercise. Before long your body will be trained, like Pavlov’s dogs, to crave the psychological lift you get from being active every day. It will soon become easier to exercise than to skip it – no willpower required. And your natural inclination for challenge and variety will gently nudge you toward higher levels of daily activity while at the same time you are learning in your spare time how to exercise in the most effective way. That’s a system.

When applying this logic to the Network Marketing profession, I believe it has the potential to pull a person out of the up and down roller coaster of sponsoring people and refocusing a person on the system used to create the action that it takes to sponsor people and generate customer volume.

What do you think?

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"Ty Tribble is an Internet entrepreneur, author and Work At Home Dad who lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife, Richelle and two children, Emma and Tyler. Ty has been featured in Entrepreneur and Success From Home magazine and is considered by many as the # 1 blogger in the world on the subject of Network Marketing. Author of the book, ‘Double Your Income with Network Marketing’, Ty teaches lead generation strategies through social media and blogging to tens of thousands of Network Marketers around the world."


  1. Great post, Ty.

    Systems are huge. Combine them with clear goals and you will succeed.

    I believe that success should start with a goal, then a plan, then a system.

    Just my own two cents.



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