“Look at the world around you. It may seem like an immovable, implacable place. It is not. With the slightest push – in just the right place – it can be tipped” writes Malcolm Gladwell. It is about a disruptive new world, and great leaders know its reality. They know, also, that they and future leaders need to be prepared to lead in that world. Gladwell has his rules on how to succeed in it.
In his article, Gladwell’s 10 Rules, Evan Carmichael, shares Malcolm Gladwell’s Top 10 Rules for Business and Success. You will find the video here.
Rule #1: Have the Courage to Pursue Your Idea – It’s not enough to have a great idea and the focus and the conscientiousness to see it to fruition. You must have the strength and the resolve and the courage to pursue that idea, even when the rest of the world thinks you’re insane.
Rule #2: Try a New Approach – There are situations where being bad is highly advantageous. The disruptive outsider is the one who is incapable of meeting the marketplace needs as the market is traditionally defined. They can’t do it, right? So what do they do? They try a completely new, half-xxxed approach which in the beginning doesn’t work, but by the very nature of trying something completely outside the mainstream, they end up upending the situation.
Rule #3: #Believe In Meaningful Work – When you put forth effort, you get reward. When you throw your heart and mind and soul into something, you get something back.
Rule #4: Constantly Revise Your Conclusions – You should always double back and be constantly revising your conclusions.
Rule #5: Distinguish Yourself From Others – You have to very consciously differentiate yourself from where you think your professional peer group is going.
Rule #6: Practice – I’m uninterested in natural gifts. I know they exist and I know there’s such a thing as talent…. Give me somebody who wants to go to practice in the morning and who wants to try in games. I want to celebrate him.
Rule #7: Explore – I wander around and go through millions of journals in the most serendipitous way I can. Just to see what’s out there, and to see if I can stumble on something. You take advantage of a little thought you had in your head and when you meet someone by accident who happens to have specialized knowledge, you make sure you get his card.
Rule #8: Be Patient – A group of really brilliant psychologists in the field of expertise research have sat down to try and figure out how long you have to work at something before you become really good. And the answer seems to be, and it’s an extraordinarily consistent answer in an incredible number of fields, and that is, you need to have practiced, to have apprenticed for 10,000 hours before you get good. The kinds of jobs we have people do today are sufficiently complex that they require a long time to reach mastery. And what we should be doing is setting up institutions and structures that allow people to spend the time and effort to reach mastery, not judging them prematurely.
Rule #9: Understand The Rule Of Business – If you are a doctor, you have to understand that you are in the relationship business. If you are in a shipper, you have to understand that what you are interested in is the supply chain from A to B, not in managing some transaction along the way…. Those are the rules of the modern economy. And those who grasp those rules are the ones who thrive and succeed, and are capable of transforming the industries that they’re a part of.
Rule #10: Outwork Others – Effort is the route, one of the routes available to the underdog. I can outwork you. I may not be able to outspend you, but I can outwork you.
Gladwell counsels great leaders: “That’s your responsibility as a person, as a human being – to constantly be updating your positions on as many things as possible. And if you don’t contradict yourself on a regular basis, then you’re not thinking.”
On your magnificent life’s journey, remember always the words of T.S. Eliot: “Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” Risk really big and go too far. Reach the stars and go beyond! Life is what you make it, so make it more than you ever dreamed.
Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!