Thursday, May 20, 2010

Many people dream of success.

Many people dream of success. To me success can only be achieved through repeated failure and introspection. In fact, success represents the 1 percent of your work that only comes from the 99 percent that is called failure. Soichiro Honda (1906-1991) Japanese industrialist

Recently I have learned of the theory of 10,000 hour rule.  Margaret Wente in her blog stated: A year ago, Malcolm Gladwell, the phenomenally popular Canadian writer published a book called Outliers, which took the world by storm. Outliers is an intriguing effort to explain how extremely successful people got that way. At its heart is something called the 10,000-hour rule, which is approximately the amount of time you have to invest in order to become an expert. Both the Beatles and Bill Gates put in their 10,000 hours (playing in seedy bars in Hamburg, or writing computer code) before they achieved greatness.
I am not sure how success is defined, and that is something to consider in the reading of the article and the book. Is success measured in popularity, monetary richness, or personal ideals or another way for you?  Does success equate to greatness or is it something more personal?

She goes on to examine the idea of the rule a bit closer and I think her column makes interesting reading. Is persistence the key to success, or is ability, luck and drive the key. I believe that hard work, luck and motivation are the keys life, along with the ability to learn from failure. Life is an adventure and in all adventures there are many paths, and experiences, I am not sure if these paths can be defined as success or failures. If one is motivated then some experiences means what lesson did I learn and how can I grow and continue. If one is not motivated then some experience means I was not meant to do this, what else can I do

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