Outliers vs. Exemplars

An outlier is defined as: “a person or thing situated away or detached from the main body or system, or a person or thing differing from all other members of a particular group or set.”

An exemplar is defined as “a person or thing serving as a typical example or excellent model.”

Outliers and exemplars tend to be a thorn in research data’s side. However, outliers that are simultaneously exemplars are often granted a uniqueness of being that makes them seem “something more.” Instead of them being seen as a standard of excellence that we all can strive to achieve, they are given special status that puts their achievements a little too out of reach for most, and therefore let the rest of us off the hook for aspiring to be better. Let us not ignore the main ingredients of greatness: Behavior and Action. Talent, genius and/or luck can certainly play a part, but we remember those who take talent, genius and/or luck and back it up with right action and appropriate behavior. We all have control over our behaviors and actions. We too can apply that to getting stronger, smarter, wealthier, healthier and wiser. When we do that on a daily basis, we create luck by design. That’s exemplary!

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