Outliers: The Story of Success

I like everything Malcolm Gladwell writes . I have read The Tipping Point and Blink and enjoyed them immensely so when I saw this book with my buddy Bob I grabbed it right away.

The book talks about how people become successful and how much effort a person needs to put into something to become great.

The whole idea of this book is that , although you also need to put in a lot of work to actually become successful , turned out the magic number is 10,000 hours which is the equivalent of doing something obsessively everyday for 10 years, you also need lucky breaks and people connections.

Gladwell used Bill Gates as a study case to show how he managed to get where he is today; with hard work, 10,000 hours worth of it, family connections and luck; he happened to be born in the right year, go to the right school and get involved in the right thing at the right time.

Fascinating stuff really.

The book also discussed athletes , specifically hockey and soccer players and how their birth month played a big role to them being recruited in the professional leagues.

Tons and tons of interesting information.

Totally enjoyed it as I expected and I look forward to more work from Gladwell.

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5 Responses

  1. hmm although i enjoyed blink but there was something about his books that made me feel that they are pandering as informative but not really… I guess all business books are supposed to be intelligence lite.
    BTW welcome back been ages since u posted anything hope that you are doing great

  2. I absolutely loved this book🙂

  3. bam: all his books are intelligence lite but very intersting. you are not the only one who thinks his books are “pandering as informative” , you should see a lot of his book reviews.

    But I always learn something from his books and are able to apply it to my day to day life, for real.

    I am doing great, insanely busy, I read your posts though , whenever you do post, all the time🙂 .

    Jess: You should post book reviews🙂

  4. I sometimes do🙂 and did review outliers
    http://www.chocolatemintsinajar.com/blog/2009/10/outliers-a-book-review/
    I used to read so much more but I am focusing on other things these days

  5. That was a good review Jess.

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