The First Personal Computer Into The Consumer Market

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fourteen of the seventy-five richest individuals in history were born in the same decade. They entered business at the perfect time, the infrastructure of the United States was exploding and Wall Street was coming into its own. Their success also demanded prodigious intellect and keen business savvy, but had they been born a decade later, they would have been simply successful rather than opulent (Gladwell, 2008, p. 62-63). If anything, the window of opportunity was even more narrow in Gladwell’s second example. In this instance, it hinged on the release of the first personal computer into the consumer market in 1975. This started the shift from a world where massive, mainframe computers were only available to universities or large…show more content…
DuBrin also acknowledges the role of uncontrollable opportunity in businesses and individuals. In fact, he presents these factors as an argument as to why some believe that leaders are less influential than they are given credit. Proponents of this view claim that the situational factors surrounding organizations and leaders impact performance so heavily that they all but drowned out the influence of a leader (DuBrin, 2014, p. 10). Again, in this instance, a leader must do his best to exploit opportunities, but is often as powerless to shape them as he is to set his own birthday. Once a leader who has the threshold capabilities receives the right opportunities, success is still far from realized. The next defining factor on the road to greatness is how well an individual capitalizes on every opportunity. Since leaders must be able to take advantage of a situation at a moment’s notice, practice is essential in order to build the requisite readiness. Gladwell places an enormously high value and emphasis on practice and even goes so far as to claim that it, rather than talent, is the single quality that separates the good from the great. He cited a study of music students at Berlin’s Academy of Music where the researchers found vast gaps in the number of hours practiced by the professional soloists when compared to musicians who simply went on to teach music. Gladwell (2008) claimed that, “The people at the top don’t work harder
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