The Story of Success


This week we had the privilege of attending a workshop where Fabienne Frederickson spoke. It was super inspiring. We’ve been trying to wrap our heads around some of the aha moments, there were many. Certainly, just hearing someone talk about their passion and hearing their story of success is always awesome. Some other things we took away were:

  • You have to be your own rainmaker.
  • Only when you follow your bliss will you understand success and happiness.
  • Share your brownies! (you’ll have to ask her about that)
  • Be bold or go home!

At the event, Fabienne mentioned a book by Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success. We loved The Tipping Point, so naturally we had to read it. Gladwell investigates the world of “outliers”–the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. In the book he asks:  What makes high-achievers different? What he discovered is that you have to do something a lot, practice that thing a lot, in order to master it. Gladwell argues that success is linked to opportunity and time spent on task. He states that it takes approximately 10,000 hours to master something. I have been coaching for 12 years. By Gladwell’s standards, I am a MASTER COACH! Yes! My one critique of the book is the glaring absence of any well-known female “outliers.” There are plenty, right? I did appreciate his ties into cultural differences, though. It was an interesting read and has a lot of implications for success and action.

“Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.” ~Malcolm Gladwell


For many of my clients, they have practiced some bad habits and have to be reminded of their passions in order to steer themselves back towards the path to success. Practicing new and better habits will always lead to success. What are you practicing in life to be good at? Have you mastered your passion yet?

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