Outliers is fantastic!

January 1, 2009

I truly loved Malcolm Gladwell’s latest book on exceptional people. He argues that the largest reason those people succeeded is not because of their specific character traits but because they successfully combine hard work (specifically 10,000 hours of deliberate practice) with the many hidden advantages, extraordinary opportunities and cultural legacies provided to them.

The conclusion will not come as a surprise to most of the readers of this blog – Talent is Overrated, A Star is Made, A Star is Made – Part 2, Gladwell on Genius. However, the stories and anecdotes are so compelling, that they make the book extremely enjoyable. I am probably in the minority, but I loved the storytelling even more than in The Tipping Point (and much more than in Blink).

Read the book!

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