Saturday, December 20, 2008

Outliers: The Story of Success

Opportunities. I’m hard pressed to think of an author better than Malcolm Gladwell at exploring an issue that seems familiar and obvious, but finds a way to express the issue in a new way. In Outliers, Gladwell challenges the notion of meritocracy by showing how no one ever succeeds on his or her own. Chance, luck and seizing opportunities are key to success: there’s no substitute for being in the right place at the right time. On the other hand, individuals with high potential are unlikely to succeed if they are not given opportunities to use that potential. Another great insight in Outliers involves the importance of practice. Gladwell proposes that 10,000 hours of practice makes all the difference.

Rating: Four-star (Highly Recommended)

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