Slowdown Friday: The Tipping Point Principles of Change

Having just finished The Informant by Kurt Eichenwald via morning commute, a 20 CD journey, I've turned my attention to Malcolm Gladwell's The Tipping Point, How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference.  This book is a "wow" and has cracked my top ten. 

For today's Slowdown Friday, an excerpt from the conclusion of Gladwell's groundbreaking book,

In the end, Tipping Points are a reaffirmation of the potential for change and the power of intelligent action.  Look at the world around you.  It may seem like an immovable, implacable place.  It is not.  With the slightest push- in just the right place- it can be tipped.

Essentially, the book deals with small, seemingly minute actions which, over time, can lead to serious change.  The change can be social and within a town or city or it can be within oneself. 

As we head into the weekend, let's be mindful of the seemingly quiet, anonymous habits that may be noticeable to you alone but can add up to some serious success. 

Slowdown Strategies for the Weekend

  • Take 15 minutes to read quietly.

  • Take a  slow walk around your neighborhood and notice homes and yards that you've always glanced over.

  • Spend some time in meditation or prayer, in the early morning hours.

  • Write a note of affirmation to someone who really needs a pick-me-up.

  • Leave a quarter in the parking meter or vending machine for the next guy who just might need it.