Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.  A tourist is visiting New York City.  He walks up to a guy on the street and asks, “Excuse me, but how do I get to Carnegie Hall?”  The other guy replies, “Practice, practice, practice.”

It’s an old joke, but there is some truth to it, at least according to Malcolm Gladwell.  Take a look at the following video on Outliers, another Gladwell work, from the London Business Forum.



Essentially, Gladwell says that the genius we admire is attainable to all of us if we only practice enough.  So consider those who you consider genius in their respective fields – Lennon & McCartney and the Beatles, Timmy Thomas and the Boston Bruins, Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees, the classmate who gets straight A’s in his/her classes, etc.

Your first impression (your first Blink) is that they must come by that talent naturally, but is that really true?  How much is natural talent?  And how much is a result of practice?

Gladwell says that there is a long road of struggle and practice that brought these folks to their respective levels of excellence.  And that road is available to all of us.  Are you willing to take that road to get to where you want to go?