Saturday, October 24, 2009


Wow, as I mentioned in an earlier post, I have been reading “Outliers,” by Malcom Gladwell.  I’m only at page 78 or so, but the things he’s discussing in this book are so interesting to me.  He’s describing how very successful people are almost always the product of some very special circumstances; where they grew up, what time in history the grew up, the access to preparation for the thing they later specialized in, and then the incredible opportunities that came their way given all of their earlier experience and preparation.

He writes that when the general public wants to find out why someone is so successful, the all too often try to find out what it is about the person’s character that allows them to be so successful.  However, it’s not about their character, but their preparation meeting opportunity that makes the great difference.

It is all resonating with me strongly.  Since I am psychologically minded, I have always had a sense that there were many more factors that allowed some people to become extremely successful, while other people just weren’t in the right place.

Well, more on this to come as I read on…