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16 January 17

The importance of being mentored

“No one—not rock stars, not professional athletes, not software billionaires, and not even geniuses — ever makes it alone.” ― Malcolm GladwellOutliers: The Story of Success

Re-reading Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers over the Christmas break, I was struck by the idea that people very rarely, if ever, achieve greatness in isolation.

If you’re anything like me the idea of being a lone wolf, a self-sufficient individual with no need for guidance or counsel, has a certain appeal. Walking through life like Clint Eastwood in A Fist Full of Dollars, poncho-clad with a cigarillo between my teeth.

The reality is that we all need help, at times. We all need guidance. Rather than a sign of weakness or inability, history has shown that the ability to confide in others and seek counsel actually makes people successful.

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8 December 16

On quotable quotes

Bravo to Adelaide Bank general manager Damian Percy for my favourite quote of this week, found in the Australian Financial Review and Realestate.com.au. It starts off usual enough:

“The number of Australian first-home buyers decreased by 6.7 per cent during the quarter, to 21,825 — a decline of 5.8 per cent compared to the September quarter 2015 and the lowest figure recorded since ABS records began.”

Then we hit the jackpot:

“To give this some sense of perspective, the number of first-home buyers for the quarter has dwindled to a figure now equivalent to the number of lions believed to be left in the wild.”

In a day where multiple organisations would have been adding their opinions or voices, it’s the best data and lions lines which win the day.

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