Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
Outliers is a fascinating read. Gladwell explores why some people succeed and others with similar abilities are less successful. Outliers are individuals who do things that are out of the ordinary. Through multiple examples, the author demonstrates how “Outliers” thrive due to a number of factors such as circumstances, time period, cultural legacies, effort, hard work and just plain luck. Success is not an individual merit. It takes a village! Highly recommended thought-provoking novel.
Jamie’s Top Pick Book for 2021
The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick)
by Seth Godin
This is a powerful little guidebook that teaches us when to quit and when to stay the course. The dip is a long period of growth that requires a lot of hard work and Godin explains that most people are not willing to take “the Dip” in order to get where they want to be. He explains why “the Dip” is necessary and the key tool of those who master anything. This ties into the truth that is evidence based around kicking addictions and knowing when to have a challenging conversation in order to build a relationship. Basically, we must get uncomfortable in order to grow and the “winners” know when to do this and when to recognize that a situation, relationship, job or goal is not worth the effort. They also know when to keep going and not quit two feet from the finish line. Godin kicks that old quote of Vince Lombardi: “Quitters never win and winners never quit” right out of the end zone. Winners often quit and move onto new and rewarding pursuits. Quitting smart is not FAILING. Godin encourages us not to continue in a job, relationship or project that is mediocre. A valued tool is to write your quitting end game in advance. Remember: winners quit and winners quit often. He provides useful insight into being the best you can be while always moving forward. Strategic quitting is a useful tool to manage your life and career.
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