Work The System by Sam Carpenter: Summary and Notes

Improve all aspects of your life by working on the underlying systems that drive results.

Dan Silvestre
6 min readApr 13, 2021


“If you own a business, your mission is to work hard but not long, to reduce the workweek significantly, and to make more money than you require. If you have a job, the goal is to use your forty-hour workweek to produce large quantities of superior output in order to quickly ascend the management ranks so you are earning serious money and can call your own shots.”

Rating: 8/10

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Work The System: Short Summary

Work The System by Sam Carpenter explains how to improve all aspects of your life. Carpenter contends that everything around us is a system and that systems can be improved. You can run a better business, improve your job performance, relationships, and so much more. The secret lies in Working the System.

The Mindset

Life is composed of systems that are yours to control or not to control.

There are two psychological approaches to finding a way to live a full and positive life:

  1. The Freudian stance. Assumes that our past determines our present happiness
  2. The cognitive approach. Our current thoughts determine our happiness

The cognitive approach is more practical as it implies that we control what happens in our lives.

“One should choose the simplest explanation of a phenomenon, the one that requires the fewest leaps of logic. Or one could say, “Keep it simple, stupid!”

Fixing life’s problems in one swoop is impossible. You have to proceed one step at a time.

There is a direct relationship between happiness and the amount of control that we have.

To take control of our lives, we have to adopt a different perspective. We must question our status quo in relation to ourselves. It is about



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