This was a pretty attention keeping read for a couple of reasons. One, learning about what makes successful people successful is always intriguing. Second, learning that in the context of actual people, some famous, some not, in the form of stories of their lives really helps to bring it home. There is nothing like a good story, especially when conventional assumptions of success are being broken.
Gladwell argues that to be a huge success like the folks he highlights, such as a couple of Bills (Joy and Gates), lawyers and airline pilots, a big factor has to do with when you are born, whether a time in history or time of year.
Another factor isn't so surprising: Hard work, and lots of it. Specifically, he says the magic number is ten thousand hours of practice.
And another factor that needs to be taken into account is the person's background, or where they are from. Either you come from a background that has success factors already factored in and you build on it, or you recognize the limitations that you background imposes, and take steps to mitigate.
I won't provide more details, I don't want to be a spoiler, but it's interesting, affirming, and recommended.
Recommended (Yes/No/Maybe): Yes
Reading Difficulty (Low/Medium/High): Low
Level of Interest Grabbing (Low/Medium/High): High
Harold's mama wanted me to make mention to the world about our 21 month old. Give the boy a picture of an evening sky and he will be able to identify the moon in the darkened sky. Point to it and ask, What is that? He will answer, "Moo", or "Muh", something to that effect.
Go out in the early evening or early morning that's sporting a waxing or waning crescent, point to it and ask, What's that? You will get the same response.
We had a wonderful, but short, weekend at the Adventure Guides Spring Campout. As last year, we were at Camp Jones Gulch, near La Honda in the Santa Cruz Mountains. But this time, for the first time since we started up with the Guides, we had spectacularly clear, mild and sunny weather. Could not ask for better.
We had a pretty good turnout for our Circle, called the Tahoe Circle, with a total of 17 people. The Saturday night Expedition ceremony was in a different place than last year, in what is known as the Indian Bowl. Here is a picture of some of it:
Michael is moving on away from being the Circle Leader, handing the reigns to Kevin, who has been a part of the circle for many years. The Expedition, which is the larger organization made up of many circles, also got new leadership. It's done in a ceremonial way, with the leaders reading from scripts and being very formal about it. I have to say, I don't mind this level of ceremony, and honestly, I figured there would be more of it as part of the overall Adventure Guides program.
The Tahoe Circle has over half the girls graduating. In order to maintain our Circle, we need to begin recruiting. I have had an idea for a while now that we should advertise through our elementary school, but Matt had a caution in that if we are too successful with our recruiting campaign, we may run into scalability problems, where we have too large a group to do things like keeping our meetings in homes. Other large Circles have to use facilities for their meetings. In any event, I plan to contact the coordinator at the YMCA to see if she has a flyer or other material we can use to get the word out.
Back at the campout, Penny did the zip line two times. It would have been more, but the process for getting up to the zip line is very time consuming. If you are in line for it, plan on staying a while.
The canoes were open this time and the weather was perfect for it. It was a bit of a hike to get to the little pond, maybe a third of a mile, but it was worth it.
Penny really got into the rock wall. With some help from graduating Circle member Zoe, she was able to make it to the top.