Small-business owners can learn a lot from the rise of Malcolm Gladwell’s star, not to mention his collected works of nonfiction.
There is, for example, his undaunted persistence in the face of early rejection. While most people now know Gladwell from his insightful articles for The New Yorker and his bestselling books, The Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers, few know that his undergraduate grades didn’t qualify him for graduate school, which led to his decision to pursue advertising … a career he never actually entered because he couldn’t get a single agency to hire him.
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Communities regularly rally around foundering businesses facing sudden rent hikes, for example, or owners struggling with medical issues. Strong community support like this isn’t a replacement for smart management — when industries change or business models don’t show profits, then it’s up to the business owner to find long-term solutions. But even solid, profitable operations can hit random snags that threaten to sink the whole venture. That’s often when they find out just how strong their community ties are.
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