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No one ever makes it alone


Can’t sleep (having that  coffee at 4 pm might have something to do with it) so why not get up and blog.  I have been reading Malcolm Gladwell’s amazing book Outliers,   in which he tries to analyze exactly what it is that makes some people successful and others not.Tonight, I finished reading the chapter called, “The Trouble with Geniuses, Part 2.”  In it, he followed the story of two geniuses, Robert Oppenheimer and Chris Langan–one most people (that have studied science) are familiar with and the other a relative unknown.  What struck me is what he said about Chris Langan, someone possessing what some would say is the greatest mental ability of anyone alive today.  Why had Langan lived in relative obscurity and been unable to “make it” in academia?   Listen to what Gladwell says,

Every experience he had outside his own mind had ended in frustration.  He knew he needed to do a better job of navigating the world, but he didn’t know how.  .  . These were things that others, with lesser minds, could master easily.  But that’s because those others had had help along the way, and Chris Langan never had.  It wasn’t an excuse.  It was a fact.  He’d had to make his way alone, and no one–not rock stars, not professional athletes, not software billionaires, and not even geniuses–ever makes it alone. (bold italics not in original quote)

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