“The lesson here is very simple. But it is striking how often it is overlooked. We are so caught in the myths of the best and the brightest and the self-made that we think outliers spring naturally from the earth. We look at the young Bill Gates and marvel that our world allowed that thirteen-year-old to become a fabulously successful entrepreneur. But that’s the wrong lesson. Our world only allowed one thirteen-year-old unlimited access to a time sharing terminal in 1968. If a million teenagers had been given the same opportunity, how many more Microsofts would we have today?” — “Outliers: The Story of Success”
What are some concrete ways we can offer more people access to opportunities and help produce future entrepreneurs?
“But crucially, innovators need to be disagreeable. By disagreeable, I don’t mean obnoxious or unpleasant. I mean that on that fifth dimension of the Big Five personality inventory, “agreeableness,” they tend to be on the far end of the continuum. They are people willing to take social risks–to do things that others might disapprove of. That is not easy. Society frowns on disagreeableness. As human beings we are hardwired to seek the approval of those around us. Yet a radical and transformative thought goes nowhere without the willingness to challenge convention.” — “David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants”
More from Malcolm Gladwell and entrepreneurs
Have you forged ahead in the face of opposition and implemented change?
“Those three things–autonomy, complexity, and a connection between effort and reward–are, most people agree, the three qualities that work has to have if it is to be satisfying. It is not how much money we make that ultimately makes us happy between nine and five. It’s whether our work fulfills us.” — “Outliers: The Story of Success”
Please share work that you experience as fulfilling? Do you agree with the author?
“Once a musician has enough ability to get into a top music school, the thing that distinguishes one performer from another is how hard he or she works. That’s it. And what’s more, the people at the very top don’t work just harder or even much harder than everyone else. They work much, much harder… Even Mozart–the greatest musical prodigy of all time–couldn’t hit his stride until he had his ten thousand hours in. Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.” — “Outliers: The Story of Success”
Do you have experiences that exemplify this point? If so, what are they?
Elon Musk plans to spend $10 billion building out the internet in space.
Musk envisions changing the way the internet operates on Earth. Currently, data packets bounce around routers and networks on the surface. Musk says they could go to space and bounce between satellites until they reach their destination.
He also sees his plan as the basis for reaching the internet to Mars, “It will be important for Mars to have a global communications network as well.”
Musk is a leader who envisions and implements significant changes. Are you inspired by him? How does he influence your view of leadership and change?
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