I’ve begun to read (or re-read) The Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell.
I’m sure that many of you are in fact, familiar with the book. Well, the one point that I’ve been thinking about was how where you are, who you are with and when you are there actually plays a role in determining and realising your success. What that practically means is that one is not successful purely by one’s own virtue.
Success is, thus, a commulative attainment that affects and is affected by everyone and everything. I have my own disputions and differences with this point of view. But I can say this, Gladwell is quite right when he emphasises the importance of your “situation” in order for your success to be actualized. That being said, responsibility can not be stripped away from the individual in light of this “truth”.
Yes, what happens around you positively and negatively impacts your success.
But this is all speaking about what this and that can do to you. My question is: what can YOU do to this and that- to contribute to your success?