Outliers: The Story of Success
Outliers: The Story of Success is the latest book written by Malcolm Gladwell (author of The Tipping Point and Blink, both books I have previously read), examines why some people succeed, living remarkably productive and impactful lives, while so many more never reach their potential.
Gladwell uses a wide variety of interesting stories as examples to prove his theory including Bill Gates (and other Silicon Valley billionaires), the Beatles, New York lawyers, Canadian hockey players and Asian math whizzes. His main theory is that while talent and genius are needed, success is also influenced by other factors such as cultural legacy, luck, special opportunity and hard work (ie. you need over 10,000 hours of practice).
This book is very typical and similar to Gladwell’s previous books, so if you liked those, then you will probably like this one as well. It is a short, but fairly interesting read and I would recommend it. As with these types of books, you certainly are free to make up your own mind, to agree or disagree with the authors theories.