Saturday, January 31, 2009


In his latest book OUTLIERS, Malcolm Gladwell delivers a thought stimulating portrait of success. of cultural influences. and how it shapes and changes in the light of connections, and the cold reality of historical occurrences.

"What if coming from a culture shaped by the demands of growing rice also makes you better at math?" in discussing Chinese children's proclivity for math born out of their work in rice paddies.

What shapes success? When should you pack it in? And. How should you look at the game of achievement? are a few of the questions that flow from the pages.

Outliers is a must read for people interested in removing pre-conditions, in twisting their perceptions, from a tried and true patterns, into a new space, and who are ready to remember the factors at play in the everyday 'beliefs' we have about success.

Many lessons emerge from the book. many events are on display to offer up Gladwell's perspective all tied nicely together with facts and stories to propagate, burrow and get at the consciousnesses of truth.

In a time when a large portion of the population actually knows who 'bikini girl' is, and has adopted Octo-mom as a projection punching bag, I'm delighted that there's anthropological thinking going on. that people are working to change decades of super stagnant bloated thoughts and beliefs... built on fiction. the fiction that what was, still works now.

We don't so much need. anything. but the next evolution of our human-ness does need. a purpose. and if it isn't for our children or the next generation to be substantively better in spirit, free of depression, free of excess, free of the unsustainable consumption. It needs to be peace.

If everyday. each of us shook free of the 3.5 million years and patterns of struggle and strife and learned behaviours and moved from the brink of destruction to the higher more subtle energies and vibrations. peace would be inevitable. freedom would be a way of life and evolution accepted. nature. god. humanity would be appeased. and we'd most certainly feel Healed.

There's no question Outliers got me thinking. It blew open my mind in a way I would never have expected and I recommend it highly to any and all.

To end this spontaneous promo piece, it must come from Malcolm Gladwell's own theory, fully presented in this insightful book...

"Outliers are those who have been given opportunities – and who have had the strength and presence of mind to seize them."

And in that place of strength and presence and truth. We are called to think differently...

"to build a better world we need to replace the patchwork of lucky breaks and arbitrary advantages that today determine success – the fortunate birth dates and the happy accidents of history – with a society that provides opportunities for all. If Canada has a second hockey league for those children born in the last half of the year, it would today have twice as many adult hockey stars. Now multiply that sudden flowering of talent by every field and profession. The world could be so much richer than the world we’ve settled for."

Let's have the courage to stand forth in a new light.

To read excerpts and learn more about Malcolm Gladwell go to his online site.
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