The Tipping Point

Malcolm Gladwell wrote a fascinating book several years ago about how little changes can make a big difference and influence a “tipping point”…the moment when the right mix causes an epidemic and change occurs.


When I look back over the last three years, I see how this phenomenon moved me to where I am now, but lately, I’ve been looking for that next burst of momentum in all aspects of my life.  Others peek into my world and see gold stars-simply a testament to what can be done when you are determined to succeed.  But in my own mind, I wonder sometimes if I am riding the ghosts of former glory and need to create a new vision of the “me” I am today.  Outspoken, forward thinking, undisciplined in some areas, fiercely loyal, intent on building others up, and full of a desire to speak the same language as everyone else (though I know that all too often, for good and for bad, I move to the beat of a different drum).

Are we really only as good as the most recent memory? Or, as Nigel says each week on SYTYCD, do we need to remember the history of the season, and not just the dance we did today?

 What has to change in our thinking, work style, and outlook on life to propel us through to the tipping point?

4 thoughts on “The Tipping Point

  1. Great reminder that we need to keep pushing ourselves and not rest on our laurels. I love how SYTYCD is about coming up with something that often sounds impossible and then becomes this creative work of genius that the dancer’s wouldn’t have created if they hadn’t have been pushed. I never knew dance was 100 percent about taking chances.

    Great word from someone who IMMEDIATELY struck me as a risk taking girl who thinks in that beautiful space outside the box. I love it, Jennifer!

  2. Oh I love this post, Jen! I’ve loved watching you soar. 🙂 This job is such a great spot for your talents which were under utilized before. It’s easy to get complacent though. I think it’s good you’re asking yourself where to find the next challenge.

  3. Don’t be afraid of the different drum beat–I believe God wants each of us to have our individual music. True artistry comes from within each of us and rises out of our uniqueness. As for the vision of “me,” I am God’s beloved daughter–what more could I want?

  4. Wow! You are going through pretty much the same thing I am right now. Even your post above about the flood you had and the silver linings.

    I’m still waiting for my silver lining but I’m right there with you on all of this.


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