“Outliers” The Story of Success

Posted: August 11, 2010 in Diversinet Related Posts, HSO's "Hot Sports Opinions"
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I do all of my reading on the road on my iPad.  Just ask and I’ll be glad to give you a demo.  From the WSJ (Daily – a great App) to books for both business and pleasure.  Plane rides and downtime on the road is a lot easier with a good book., and I have just read one.

I am just about finished with Malcom Gladwell’s Outliers – The Story of Success.  I first heard about this book in early 2009 after reading a NY Times Review.  I’m glad I waited to read it until now.  As we are putting our team together at Diversinet to aggressively enter the mHealth market with a unique set of products and services, we want to write our own, “story of success”.

Although aimed primarily at  individual “outliers”, the traits of success that Gladwell points out in his book have a lot in common with where we are as a company. The NY Times review summarizes them as “Chance & Circumstance”.  We fully admit there is a little bit of “Chance” or “Luck” in the following facts: (A) Diversinet has the most robust mobile security platform in the industry PERIOD. (B) The mobile healthcare market is primed to explode over the next few years and (C) That Federal guidelines (HIPAA) mandate that all personal health data must be secured…So yes… We are in the right place at the right time.

However, the real story is the “Circumstance” or the 10+ years and close to 80M that we spent as a company developing, patenting, and designing our technology for the mobile market that was yet to fully mature.  Remember, when our MobiSecure® platform was in the original design phase, there was no such thing as an iPhone, and “Apps” were not part of the American dialog and pop culture.

Take the time to read Malcom Gladwell’s Outliers, its a great read and just might give you a new way of looking at success…what we are all trying to achieve.

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Comments
  1. One says:

    I wanted to buy the book, and then something happened I bought others. Thanks for the post and for reminding me. There is another book – the tipping point. You might want to read it if you have not already done so.

  2. I have “The Tipping Point” but have not read it yet. I have it in book form not on the iPad! Thanks for the tip!

    Mark

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