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Outliers- The Story of Success

Posted in Uncategorized on March 1, 2009 by mboyle1959

Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point and Blink, has written a classic. I must confess, I started The Tipping Point and found it redundant. I never finished it once I understood the concept. I couldn’t get past the first few pages of Blink ( I did recently buy the audiobook to take a second chance at a different method). However, Outliers has fascinated me. I was turned off by the first chapter that attributes sport success to birth month but persevered. I was also concerned about the second chapter and the 10,000 hour rule. I am very concerned that parents of young athletes will read the book and take away all the wrong information however, I can’t help but love the message. I find myself talking to my clients every day about the concepts in the book.

At the end of the book Gladwell states “Everything we have learned in Outliers says that success follows a predictable course. It is not the brightest who succeed… We are so caught in the the myths of the best and brightest and the self made that we think outliers spring naturally from the earth. … To build a better world we need to replace the patchwork of lucky breaks and arbitrary advantages that today determine success… with a society that provides opportunities for all”.

Outliers is not just a book about hope it’s a book of ideas to encourage success.