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Monday, December 08, 2008
Winner of OUTLIERS Giveaway Announced!

Did You Win a Free Copy of Malcolm Gladwell's
Bestselling "Outliers"?


Forget the Ronald McDonald hair for a moment. Author Malcolm Gladwell’s books – whether you agree with his conclusions or not – rarely fail to provoke interesting thinking and discussion. Gladwell has penned the bestsellers “The Tipping Point” (about social epidemics) and “Blink” (about making decisions without really thinking).

His new book “Outliers: The Story of Success” is about what makes some people wildly successful and accomplished. What is it that sets people like Bill Gates apart from other entrepreneurs? Gladwell’s goal was to explore the ideas of success beyond the clichés of being “really smart” or “really ambitious.”

With the help of our friends at Hachette Books, we’d like to “learn you” by giving away a free copy of Gladwell’s new book. We had more than a dozen folks leave comments behind about what they think is the most important trait of a successful person is in the comments section of this post.

We have now selected a winner!

Bethany K. of Holland, Michigan

She will be sent a copy of the book shortly. Congratulations, Bethany, and thanks to everyone who entered the contest. Stay tuned for more giveaways from your pals at DaRK PaRTY ReVIEW.

And it's not too late to win a free copy of the audio version of the book over at She Is Too Fond Of Books.




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15 Comments:
Blogger bethany said...
ok, I want to read this book so I'll play. I think the most important trait of a successful person is flexibility - that is, willingness to change when something isn't working or to listen to a variety of perspectives.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
The best way to be successful is to be born into a rich and successful family. Bet that isn't in the book!

Blogger TB said...
If I have to pick one trait...

Tenacity. The willingness to try, try and try again until you succeed. Most successful people did not find this success overnight. They used their talents, skills, wits and vision to cultivate their success.

Tenacity is what separates them from the rest.

Blogger WordiNation Ink said...
The combination of drive, clarity, passion, inability to be stumped by failure, and a bit of luck.

Anonymous OU812 said...
smarts has nothing to do with it. its entrepreneurship and the courage to create new things, new products and new ideas.

Blogger The Greening of Ed said...
I feel it is most important to be persistent. And never give up.

Anonymous Neighbor97A said...
Depends on your definition of success, doesn't it? Running and winning the race to become President of the United States might be considered the mark of a successful person, right? Does that make our current President a success? I'd hate to think so.

"Luck" is the trait of a successful person. How many talented artists and brilliant theorists died before their works were valued? They had the skills, they had the tenacity, the drive, the passion and the courage to try something new. They apparently lacked luck.

Anonymous Merredith said...
Choosing one trait is close to impossible, but I'm going with the ability to *see* differently. That is, we tend to culturally think that innovation must be some humongous leap, something that no one has ever done or thought before; when it is way more common that someone takes an existing technology, or product or service -- or even problem -- and simply *sees* it differently, and therefore sees how to meet it differently and solve it. The innovation may be incremental, but it will be so smart and revolutionary as to seem obvious in hindsight to others, and so they will follow.

Anonymous bushmanbill said...
Other than being raised in an already wealth family, I would place my money on someone that's willing to make mistakes & learn from them.

Anonymous Deborah said...
The most important trait of a successful person is listening to what people are saying, whether it's how something isn't working, or how something should be working, and identifying strategies for creating a new product or process to improve it and market it.

Blogger bethany said...
anonymous: ironically, from the reviews I have read, I believe that IS in the book.

Blogger GFS3 said...
I'm about to read it, but I believe you're right, Bethany. Gladwell apparently makes some pretty interesting observations about what it takes to be a success. Not surprising if you've read his other books.

Blogger SJP said...
The most important trait to me would be... to be happy with what you have.

Anonymous The Dude said...
...the best trait to be successful is the ability to win books at free blog giveaways...

Blogger cali said...
Successful people learn from mistakes/failures.

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pretty please - I want to win!

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