How Outliers Are a Surprising Way to Ultimate Happiness

Looking at one of the statistics to find out how one of my posts was doing one day, I was not surprised that no one was reading my article.



A big goose egg.


I feel unappreciated, unnoticed and a speck of the universe. I pondered, “I did a wonderful story today and no one is coming to my post. This is not worth it. I crafted my words so diligently; each morsel should be savored and enjoyed, and instead, no one is reading at all. Oh, the humanity.”

Inexplicable, Indeed

But then I remembered a book that I read several months ago titled “Outliers –The Story of Success,” by Malcolm Gladwell. Mr. Gladwell, one of the “100 influential people” by Time Magazine, dives in the areas of psychology, sociology, and journalism. Now, in particular, his book talks about connections, sometimes inexplicable or random, on “why some people succeed, living remarkably productive and impactful lives, while so much more never reach their potential?”1

Moreover, one of the topics he investigates is the 10,000-Hour Rule. Mr. Gladwell postulated reading a thesis by an another psychologist, K. Anders Ericsson, who indicated that

the people at the very top don’t work just harder or even much harder than everyone else. They work much, much harder. The idea that excellence at performing a complex task requires a critical minimum level of practice surfaces again and again in studies of expertise. In fact, researchers have settled on what they believe is the magic number for true expertise: ten thousand hours.

“The emerging picture from such studies is that ten thousand hours of practice is required to achieve the level of mastery associated with being a world-class expert—in anything,” writes the neurologist Daniel Levitin.

Then, Mr. Gladwell laid down several examples of extraordinary people with dedication, commitment, and chutzpah; normal people from average to phenomenal, but only after time and responsibility.

Innovators and Explorers

10,000 hours, huh? Wow.

And so, we are back to the beginning of my story today, regarding one of my posts that didn’t get on of the ground, yet. I think for all of us that are writers, or storytellers, innovators, and explorers in all of us, if we are dedicated to our 10,000 hours or more to be clever and mold in our objectives then surely, we will flourish tremendously, as well.

The challenge on all of us, of course, is are we ready for “level of mastery,” too? Easy to say, but…



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  1. Rules about things can be useful. I have had an aversion to them until recently. I am beginnning to appreciate the beauty that some rules can create. The 10000 hurs seems arbitrary what he probbaly meant was do stuff you love lots and lots and the universe will unfold around that activity.

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  2. Success looks a lot like hard work, and too few people today want to work hard at anything. However I have put in my 10,000 hours as a parent and have not mastered that yet. 🙂


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