You may be wondering what the term outlier means so I thought I would first share the definition.
Outlier: something that is situated away from or classed differently from a main or related body.
In your school, workplace or business, community or other area of life you will probably know or remember people that excel at a much higher level than the rest of the people around them. In school this can be the student that gets straight As, the business with the largest market share, the family that stands out from others or the young person that achieves more with their life than most others their age.
The lessons I learned here are similar to what I’ve shared numerous times in my posts that it takes a lot of effort to become an expert at anything you do. The amazing thing about the people that are experts in their fields is that they are not necessarily the most talented.
Have you ever wondered what makes top professionals be exceptional in their various spheres of influence. People like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Strive Masiyiwa, John C Maxwell. They are not really designed differently from everybody else. They understand some things that most other people do not. They know that having talent is important but some extra ingredients also come into play.
Malcolm Gladwell, author of, “The Tipping Point” shares some valuable insights into why these people perform at a far higher level than the average person. Reading this book answered a lot of unanswered questions that I had in my mind for quite some time.
What you need to understand is that the insights that he shares are not theoretical. He is a very analytical who studies trends to come to the conclusions that he makes. Most people will teach you things that they are not totally sure about themselves but this book is one of the few exceptions.
“Success occurs when opportunity meets preparation.” ~ Zig Ziglar
A combination of preparation and opportunity is what propels outliers to great heights in their fields of expertise. Key points from the book are as follows:
- It is a myth that there are self-made success stories
- The culture and era that you grew up play a major part in relation to the opportunities that you can take advantage of
- It takes 10,000 hours of effort to become a master in any area of expertise
I encourage you to get a copy of this book and read it, especially if you’re a young person. Most young people want instant success in their lives which isn’t reality. You have to understand that anything of greatness is going to take time and effort. All the greats became great through mastering their craft by putting in the hours.
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