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Persevere not only for 10,000 hours but for 10,000 years

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Book: Outlier The Story of Success
Author: Malcolm Gladwell

Sometimes ago we had this discussion on the book Outlier. I remember the book, but when I have to explain to somebody else, an instant blankness happened.
Gladwell explains that reaching the 10,000-Hour Rule, which he considers the key to success in any field, is simply a matter of practicing a specific task that can be accomplished with 20 hours of work a week for 10 years.

Genius is not the only or even the most important thing when determining a person’s success.
Christopher Langan = a man who ended up working on a horse farm in rural Missouri despite having an IQ of 195 (Einstein’s was 150).
Langan has not reached a high level of success because of the environment he grew up in. With no one in Langan’s life and nothing in his background to help him take advantage of his exceptional gifts, he had to find success by himself.

SUCCESS = is not exceptional or mysterious. It is grounded in a web of ADVANTAGES and INHERITANCES, some deserved, some not, some earned, some just plain lucky.

A scientific genius is not a person who does what no one else can do; he or she is someone who does what it takes many others to do. The genius is not a unique source of insight; he is merely an efficient source of insight.

In 1984, a young man named Malcolm graduated from the University of Toronto and moved to the United States to try his hand at journalism.

Some poets do their best work at the beginning of their careers. Others do their best work decades later.
A painting done by Picasso in his mid-twenties was worth, he found, an average of four times as much as a painting done in his sixties. For Cézanne, the opposite was true.

What can we learn from Malcolm?
1. uncommonly clear writing style. “There is beauty in saying something CLEARLY and SIMPLY.”
2. keen eye for a story.
3. No matter what age you are, you can always produce innovations and best work. Think of the Cezanne and Picasso story.

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Written by blueroselady

September 7, 2010 at 2:17 pm

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