Keys in the Sand

On What I’m Telling My Kids About Opportunity [Outliers Series]

Jose Vilson Jose 1 Comment

In the previous essay, I discussed why I believe that opportunity and tenacity go hand-in-hand in a pendular relationship, even with the disproportionate balance of the discussion going more towards “hard work.” The struggle for opportunity is a battle many thinkers and advocates alike see as a critical component of finding equity in as many arenas as possible. In a country so proud of its opportunities for millions of citizens …

Scatter Plot with One Outlier

On Our Ridiculous Assertions about Hard Work and Persistence [Outliers Series]

Jose Vilson Jose 3 Comments

I hate being a case study for success in site of the odds. OK, maybe I don’t hate it, but I do have a problem when people always mention how my success was determined because my parent instilled a sense of diligence in academics in me, and so there was no way I would fail. My persistent practice made it possible for me to succeed, according to most. While I …