The Story of Success: The Magic 3


We’ve been traveling (We’re one week into a 3-week trip through Italy) and I haven’t posted for a while, so I thought I’d give you a quick update and throw in a message about “success” as well…

Today we arrived in the small Tuscan town of San Gusme, about 20 minutes outside of Siena.

After spending the past week exploring Verona and Florence (and being thoroughly ignited by Michaelangelo’s David sculpture and Boticelli’s Birth of Venus painting) we’re taking some time to chill out in the countryside.

After a simple lunch of bread, cheese, tomatoes, lettuce and arugula picked fresh from the garden (and of course liberal olive oil made from the trees out back, and a little red wine from the vineyard on-property) we just laid back, enjoyed the stillness and the breathtaking view:

Tuscany View

Michael, the owner of the renovated Tuscan farmhouse we’re staying in, lives here part time and rents the place out for the rest of the year.  He’s got a great library, and I spent the morning reading a copy of Malcom Gladwell’s Outliers, The Story of Success. ( You can read an “In a nutshell” summary here.)

The book came out in 2008, and even though I’d read some of his other books (including The Tipping Point and Blink), I hadn’t got around to this one yet.  You can click on the link above to get a full summary of the main points of Outliers, but what stood out to me was the reminder that when it comes to “success”:

You have to do it all yourself, but you can’t do it alone.

In story after story, Gladwell points out how much of a role culture, family, timing and values play in people’s success stories.  He also points out how the individual has to do their part and put in the work (10,000 hours is about the number of hours required for mastery of anything)!

But what each story of wild success in business and technology/innovation of some kind reminds me most of, is just how perfectly everything is really woven together in life – and how the key is being:

1.  In the right Place

2.  At the right Time

3.  In the right “state of Being”…

…so that the magic can happen.  Without all three of these things you’re not going to be wildly successful.

Next week we’ll head to Rome and then fly to Sicily to spend a week with one of my greatest mentors, Donny Epstein, on the small island of Formica to participate in one of his intensive programs.  My goal: Optimize my state of being, so that I’m in the right place, at the right time, in the right state more and more often, not just to be “successful” but to fulfill my destiny and contribute my gifts to humanity in a bigger and bigger way.

To me, those “Magic 3” components of Time, Place, and Being are keys to allowing what Epstein calls “The Weaver”, the Universal Intelligence that somehow perfectly organizes and coordinates everything, to do what it does in our lives.

I’d love to hear your stories about being in the right place, at the right time, in the right state of being.  If you’ve got a great one and you’ve got a blog, then feel free to leave a link to your story in the comments.

Ciao from Italia.



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