I am currently being mentally ravaged by one of THE MOST well written books in a long time. Malcolm Gladwell should be well honored for his detail in his details.
This book on leadership is wonderful in the encouragement that the popular, famous, rich and influential people we tend to 'gawk' at are really a product of their own life situation, God's divine hand & at times what we would call 'pure opportunity'.
A really good aspect about this book is you don't have to have a MBA to follow his thoughts and some of these life stories of people are very encouraging and I love the insight it gives most of us as to what makes a lot of people 'tick'.
What i have truly loved about this book is its impact on thinking about youth ministry and developing leaders!
Take this quote:
Three things, autonomy, complexity, and a connection between effort and reward-are, most people agree, the three qualities that work has to have if it is to be satisfying. It is not how much money we make that ultimately makes us happy between nine and five. It's whether our work fulfills us. If i offered you a choice between being an architect for $75,000 a year and working in a tollbooth every day for the rest of your life for $100,000 a year, which would you take? I'm guessing the former, because there is a complexity, autonomy, and a relationship between effort and reward in doing creative work, and that's worth more to most of us than money.
That quote right there is why i said no to a $95,000 a year job right out of college and went into youth ministry, what i do means more to me than money!