Secret of Success

by Jan Yuill

It appears that Malcolm Gladwell has done it again. Bill Taylor in his article in Harvard Business Publishing, The Secret of Success in a Failing Economy, reports on Gladwell’s new book Outliers: The Story of Success, and how success is more about sheer persistance, than raw talent. Apparently, he even puts a “10,000-hour rule” on practicing, saying that ten thousand hours is the magic number of greatness.

One of the chapters in Yuill’s Tools addresses this very point. It is one thing to be gifted, but genius only comes from practice. You may have perfect pitch, but unless you apply yourself to the discipline of the instrument, it is just an untapped natural resource.