I was going to write a whole post about how it seems like I and the things I’m working on are reaching a tipping point, but I decided to wait until after I finish [the book] (I just picked up a copy). Instead, I’ll just talk a bit about the idea of reaching a “tipping point” from what I know now. 🙂
Malcolm Gladwell talks about it in the first chapter of the book and you can [read about it on Wikipedia], but it’s interesting where the term originated from. Basically, “back in the day” when Blacks would move into a White neighborhood there was a certain number of black families that was too much for other White families to stand. Lets say 3 or 4 Black families were alright, but as soon as it hit 5 or 6 *POOF* the remain Whites in the neighborhood would ghost (aka White Flight). Even though the percentage may have shifted from 15% Black families to 20% there’s some small point where it’s too much. (Note: I made those numbers up to make a point.)
I think the title of the book pretty much summarizes the whole book. Imagine a bucket of water. You start tipping it over and you eventually hit a “point of no return” where all the water spills out. The interesting thing about that point is that there’s just a fraction of a difference change that brings about total water spillage.
Before comparing some recent events in my life to the book title, I thought it would be appropriate to read it first. Perhaps I’ll actually have crossed the tipping point when I finish reading it and follow up. 🙂