Lesson Learned: Opportunity

When I read a new book, I immediately want to share my thoughts and perspective. I realized though how many people are probably just going to mention their favorite book and provide a quick summary.  I thought I’d take it a step further and provide beneficial insight.

I’m currently reading the book “Outliers,” by Malcom Gladwell (writer of Blink and The Tipping Point). In this book, Gladwell discusses the idea and concept behind “success” as he notes that the idea behind is is alot different than most people would believe. Sure it takes hard work and stamina, but as Gladwell notes, a majority of it is opportunity and timing. Now it’s a difficult concept to swallow as you probably interpret your own like and think, “Well, crap am I on the road to success or am I pre-maturely screwed?” You’ll be THRILLED to know that if you’re a Gen-Y blogger, social media enthusiast and has thrives on intellect and curiosity, then we’re in a good spot. As Gladwell points to historic cases such as Bill Gates and The Beatles, I think a major lesson I’ve learned is that although things happen for a reason and timing is everything, It is also our responsibility to take advantage of opportunities, whether or not they seem to be reflected on our original sought after path. We can’t take the sit-back approach in life, but be pro-active in opportunities and when the timing is right.

To further the case, I found an awesome video, “Did you know?” that points to amazing facts found worldwide. In  the end, it perfectly illustrates the social media and internet boom that is currently happening. If only Gladwell had seen this video before writing this book, because he would have noted, “See! I told you so!” As the video shows, Gen-Y is living at the right time. I won’t lie and say this recession hasn’t been terrible, because it has. But it has also allowed for innovation and new opportunities. Through the hardships and troubles, its our responsibility to take advantage of these situations and capitalize on them.

 

Thoughts?

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3 thoughts on “Lesson Learned: Opportunity

  1. Great post Jessica! I love the video and now have to go check out the book!

    I think so much of our generation is waiting to see how the economy is going to effect them and understandably gets down about it. We’ve got to live by the notion that with every challenge comes an opporunity. Creativity not in the the sense of all becoming artists, rather finding new ways to address old and new problems. We’ve got to take this mind set and then go out and get. It’s not the time to sit back and wait for things to turn around- waiting for the challenges to go away means waiting for the big opportunities to go away too.

    Just my two cents! Looking forward to the read!

  2. I agree, Kelsey! I’m glad you have that take charge attitude 🙂 Hopefully ten years from now we’ll look back at this moment and say “remember when?” 🙂

  3. I agree with everything you said in this post! As much as being successful relies on hard work and stamina, it is equally as much about opportunity and timing. Gen-Y is adapting to new technologies and finding new ways to start dialogue. However, facebook has been around since 2004 and Twitter since 2006, but it has only been in recent months that these social networks have received users across all demographics. I’m wondering if these sites would have continued to focus more in a niche capacity had the economy not taken a big downturn?

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