Outliers- The Story of Success

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.

4 Responses to “Outliers- The Story of Success”

  1. Recent research at WGFS said that young males with ring fingers longer than index fingers had better athletic abilities, cognitive abilities and a higher sperm count.
    Personally, I like “The man who gets the most satisfactory results is not always the man with the most brilliant single mind, but rather the man who can best co-ordinate the brains and talents of his associates.”
    (W. Alton Jones)
    not being very genetically gifted, I hope to co-ordinate the brains and talents of Mike and other coaches on his site.

  2. Shelby Turcotte Says:

    Maybe I’m in the minority but I really like Blink. Makes you think a little bit…I have Outliers on my next to read. As stated above, thanks to Ant for putting me onto these books.

  3. I completely agree. Outliers was very good and maintained my interest throughout. Can’t quite get into Blink or Tipping Point.

    For me the bottom line was you must create an environment for success and stick with your passion. The outlying factors such as relative age can only be overcome by persistance and faith. Realizing that circumstance can limit opportunity forces us to create the circumstance and reverse the trend.

  4. I am up to the 5th chapter of Outliers and think it is great so far. I too couldn’t get into Blink, but loved Tipping Point (Anthony Renna) turned me on to them.

    I know what you mean about the Relative Age thing but the numbers are pretty amazing! I propose having seasons start every quarter, combining bordering towns to get enough kids, and grouping them by birth month….but that is pretty damn unrealistc…haha

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