“No one—not rock stars, not professional athletes, not software billionaires, and not even geniuses — ever makes it alone.” ― Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: 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.