Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm GladwellIn this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of outliers--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?
His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band.
Stating the obvious, but oh so cleverly
Genius is over-rated. Success is not just about innate ability. Random factors of chance, such as when and where you were born can influence the opportunities you have. Our values are often passed down from generation to generation e. Success is rarely found in the myths of rags to riches — rather there is a glimmer of talent identified, and then the door to opportunity is opened-up to the person and not to others.
Read in: 4 minutes Favorite quote from the author:. The rule says to become world-class at anything, you have to put in 10, hours of practice, which equals to about 5 years of uninterrupted hour workweeks worth of practice.
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Lesson 1: After you cross a certain skill threshold, your abilities won’t help you.
In Outliers , Gladwell The Tipping Point once again proves masterful in a genre he essentially pioneered—the book that illuminates secret patterns behind everyday phenomena. His gift for spotting an intriguing mystery, luring the reader in, then gradually revealing his lessons in lucid prose, is on vivid display. Outliers begins with a provocative look at why certain five-year-old boys enjoy an advantage in ice hockey, and how these advantages accumulate over time. We learn what Bill Gates, the Beatles and Mozart had in common: along with talent and ambition, each enjoyed an unusual opportunity to intensively cultivate a skill that allowed them to rise above their peers. A detailed investigation of the unique culture and skills of Eastern European Jewish immigrants persuasively explains their rise in 20th-century New York, first in the garment trade and then in the legal profession. Through case studies ranging from Canadian junior hockey champions to the robber barons of the Gilded Age, from Asian math whizzes to software entrepreneurs to the rise of his own family in Jamaica, Gladwell tears down the myth of individual merit to explore how culture, circumstance, timing, birth and luck account for success—and how historical legacies can hold others back despite ample individual gifts. Even as we know how many of these stories end, Gladwell restores the suspense and serendipity to these narratives that make them fresh and surprising.
In Outliers , Gladwell examines the factors that contribute to high levels of success. Robert Oppenheimer , end up with such vastly different fortunes. Throughout the publication, Gladwell repeatedly mentions the "10,Hour Rule", claiming that the key to achieving world-class expertise in any skill, is, to a large extent, a matter of practicing the correct way, for a total of around 10, hours, though the authors of the original study this was based on have disputed Gladwell's usage. The book debuted at number one on the bestseller lists for The New York Times and The Globe and Mail , holding the position on the former for eleven consecutive weeks. Generally well received by critics, Outliers was considered more personal than Gladwell's other works, and some reviews commented on how much Outliers felt like an autobiography. Reviews praised the connection that Gladwell draws between his own background and the rest of the publication to conclude the book.