So what’s my secret?

Mediocrity. Lots of it.

In my case, I am merely good – not great – at several complementary skills. I can draw better than people who haven’t spent much time practicing. I have a clear but otherwise average writing style. And I can be funnier than people who don’t try to be funny. I also have modest business skills, thanks to my economics and business degrees, and years of experience. I’ve failed at more business ventures than most people have even tried, but I learned a lot along the way.

The secret to my success with “Dilbert” involves my unique combination of skills. Can you name one other person who has average skills in writing, humor, art, and business? It’s a rare mixture. Individually, none of my skills are anywhere near world-class. But combined, they create a powerful market force.