Title : Outliers: The Story of Success
Author : Malcolm Gladwell
ISBN : 9780316017923
Publisher : Little, Brown and Company
Genre : Nonfiction
Pages : 309
Source : Self
Rating : 5 stars
I am sure most of us, at some point of time, have looked at successful people and wondered, “What do they do to excel at everything they do” and after a bit of speculation, we have snubbed away the thought saying, “Ah! It might be the stroke of luck” or “He/She must have been blessed with good genes”
In this extremely insightful book, Gladwell rebukes the belief of “Good genes for success” and gives you a reality check of what all it takes to be successful (factors that you can control) and what all takes you to success (factors that just help you without letting you know)
As expected, the book has reports of many psychological and social experiments along with scans of life histories of many successful people (The Beatles, Bill Gates etc). The book will make you realize that how seemingly insignificant things and happenings are actually responsible together to push a person to great heights. It also rejects the theory of “Self Made Men” and firmly asserts that success is a sum total of your ethnicity, your upbringing (read “Efforts and Dedication by your parents), your cultural legacy that has trickled down to you from generations ago, your geographical location, your birth time, your hard work, some random chance that proved to be life changing and so on
The “Ethnic theory of Plane crashes” chapter just blew my mind off as I had never wondered that “Where you have come from” can play such a crucial role in how you behave and act even in challenging and nerve wracking situations.
Gladwell is a master of anecdotes (those who have read his “Blink” and “The Tipping Point” will know what I mean) and in “Outliers” too he doesn’t disappoint. From cherry-picked biographical details of successful people to extremely interesting social & psychological experiments, he has written another masterpiece which is an all-in-all page turner.
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