Working on ideas which go against the mainstream

Refreshing to read a synopsis of Malcolm Gladwell’s latest book ‘David and Goliath, Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants‘.  In particular, Gladwell talks about the French Impressionists who were exploring a radically different way to paint and were being rejected at the time by both the public and the art institutions and art shows and consequently they were broke. To be accepted, they would have to revert to painting like everybody else. Fortunately for all of us, they were brave enough to stick with their innovative techniques and survived by starting their own small alternative art show. Gladwell suggests that there can be benefits to being small and out of the limelight. It can, paradoxically,  bring you more attention in the long run than if you try to play in the big leagues.

The Prospectors, who sometimes find themselves developing projects and ideas which run counter to mainstream thinking, find this somewhat reassuring.

About Alison Kidd

Research Psychologist
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