Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Gladwellian Thoughts

Malcolm Gladwell has done it again.

The author of "The Tipping Point" and Blink" has taken the study of successful people to a new level with his latest book, "Outliers". In it, Gladwell opines how people like Bill Gates get to be Bill Gates, and why NHL players are overwhelmingly born in the first part of the year.

Gladwell’s wildly popular and provocative theories about modern life have turned his name into an adjective — Gladwellian - used to describe catchphrases such as "thinslicing", "connectors" and "mavens" that originated with his earlier work.

Today, in true Gladwellian fashion, he shares his thoughts on "Outliers" with CNN's Anderson Cooper.

Several months ago, while addressing a business audience in London, Gladwell expanded on what he discovered through the writing of "Outliers", by dispelling some "rumours" about the success path followed by a classic rock icon.

Does Gladwell's research on success make sense with respect to the 10,000 hour investment?

This topic has surfaced before on TSB, (Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Talent - October 16, 2008), however, Gladwell has taken it in a new direction with "Outliers".

And perhaps will prompt closer attention to what is required to become truly remarkable in whatever endeavour you pursue.

"When you're rich and famous you are the dominant force in a relationship, even if you try hard not to be. I've talked of sacrificing everything for Fleetwood Mac, but I realize now that it is simply the only thing I've ever wanted to do"STEVIE NICKS



Mike Shanks PSP said...

I wonder how the knowing doing gap plays into this?


Gair Maxwell said...

Good question ... It no doubt plays a part since the actual "doing" is a key component of any success equation ...

"To know and not to do ... is really not to know"