poets_hand (poets_hand) wrote in clubbook,

The Tipping Point

When I read non-fiction, the thought that always goes through my egotistical head is "how does this apply to me?" At first I was put off by the book because I thought it was basically a motivational sales manual--a "how to" on selling stuff. But as I got further into it, I started getting interested in his theories a little more, and wondering where I've seen those rules come into play around me.

One thing that came to mind was a Peace March for Martin Luther King Day in our town. The march was, believe or not, started by a few small (Kindergarted through 3rd grade) kids in my daughter's elementary school last year. This handful of little kids created something that grew and grew until it was a march that included hundreds of people, guest speakers, singers, presentations by area schools, and a full reading of Dr. King's speech. In retrospect, I believe the "tipping point" in this case was circumstantial: there's an unsuccessful war going on, and people turned out for a peace march at a time when they really feel passionate about wanting more peace in the world. I won't bore you with how I went through and applied all of his rules to how this event became so big in just one year's planning, but here's my question (if it's not too nerdy):

If you do lend credence to his theories, do you see them at work anywhere around you? Could you somehow apply them to things in your own life?
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