In his new book, Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell tells us that in order to be successful, not only talent matters, but also timing, opportunity and not surprisingly, good old-fashioned hard work and discipline. However, what do surprise him most are the ordinary methods successful people use to achieve all they achieve.
In his words, "success is not a function of individual talent. It's the steady accumulation of advantages." Here are his five steps toward success:
1. Find meaning and inspiration in your work.
2. Work hard.
3. Discover the relationship between effort and reward.
4. Seek out complex work to avoid boredom and repetition.
5. Be autonomous and control your own destiny as much as possible.