I had just finished ordering Malcom Gladwell’s new book, David & Goliath from Chapters on-line (taking advantage of a 40% discount) when I decided to check out Geoff Smith’s blog. Geoff is the President & CEO of my former alma mater, EllisDon Corporation and his blogs are always insightful and inspiring. Both Malcolm GladwellMalcolm Gladwell and Geoff Smith have addressed a subject about which I have very strong feelings – that we are each masters of our own destiny and personal happiness and very often the Davids succeed while the Goliaths fail. I also referenced this in my review of Jeannette Walls’ book, The Glass Castle in an earlier blog posting.

Several months ago I watched a documentary on TV about half-a-dozen billionaires from around the world – how they made their fortunes and what made them different. In every case the individuals came from very humble beginnings. They had neither financial nor educational advantages. None were university-educated and they all came from poor families yet they built successful businesses.

What makes such people rise above difficulties while others do not is a subject that is endlessly fascinating to me and I am convinced that in order to succeed one has to have been hungry, metaphorically speaking. Getting ahead and succeeding in life by today’s societal standards requires a certain kind of innate intelligence not necessarily associated with education, as well as a large dose of good old-fashioned grit and determination. Each of us alone is responsible for our own success. And once we have achieved this there is no room for complacency. Just ask Blackberry.

I can’t wait to read David & Goliath. By the way, did you know that Malcolm Gladwell grew up here in Ontario, Canada (check him out on Wikipedia) and coincidently we share the same birthdate  – albeit 16 years apart. No wonder he’s so clever.

Update: Catch him being interviewed on CBC’s The Current

Lynda Davis

As an early Baby Boomer, born in 1947, it seems to me that as we approach our retirement years, Boomers have gone from being the energy driving our nation to slowly becoming invisible. We risk losing our identity as society remains stubbornly youth-centric. And the irony is that Gen Xers and Ys are not the majority; we are. BOOMERBROADcast is my platform for being the voice of Baby Boomers, women in particular. We've generated a lot of changes over the decades but there's still a long way to go. After a 40-year career in the corporate world, I've taken up expressing the observations and concerns of our generation. Instead of pounding the pavement in my bellbottoms with a cardboard sign, I'm pounding my laptop (I learned to type on a manual typewriter and old habits die hard). If you have issues or concerns you would like voiced or have comments on what I've voiced, I'd love to hear from you. We started breaking the rules in the sixties and now that we're in our sixties it's no time to become complacent. Hope you'll stay tuned and if you like BOOMERBROADcast, share it with your friends. Let's rock n' roll! If you would like to be notified whenever I publish a new posting, click on the little blue box in the lower right of your screen that says +Follow→ Lynda Davis

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