The Tipping Point

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I had no intention on writing a book report for this book at first. I have just enjoyed Malcolm Gladwell as a writer ever since I read Blink. Then somewhere during the course of reading this book, I found some things I could apply to myself in here. So from here on out I will write a book report on any book I read if I find that I learn or am inspired by something in it.

So what is a Tipping Point? According to Mr. Gladwell, mass, the threshold, the boiling point. Mr. Gladwell believes that even the little things can make a big difference. A Tipping Point is that one dramatic moment in an epidemic when everything can change all at once, or swing one way or another, for good or for bad. Mr. Gladwell feels that ideas, products, messages, and behaviors spread just like viruses and epidemics do.

The part that really struck a chord with the was his chapter on the social epidemic. He stated that social epidemics are driven by the effects of a handful of exceptional people. These exceptional people have distinguishing qualifies such as how sociable they are, how energetic or knowledgeable or influential they are among their peers.

I believe that I am quite sociable, and because I have been blessed enough to be a Peer Health Educator I am seen by my peers as knowledgeable and influential. So basically my actions and those of the other Peer Health Educators could serve to be a Tipping Point for self-help, personal self-growth, and self-empowerment programs. My actions could also be a catalyst for doing things that we are not supposed to do in prison. Recently, I have seen more programs being offered, but not everybody is participating yet. I would be honored to be able to be part of  small group of people in prison that influences the Tipping Point in a productive way, so everybody can benefit by pursuing self-help programs. My fellow Peer Health Educators and I could basically spread an epidemic of sorts, of people searching for knowledge, wisdom, and true happiness — even in prison

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