Malcolm Gladwell is an amazing author and does a great job of keeping you engaged. This book talks about why some people are so wildly successful and how opportunities play a large role in the ability of a person to be successful.
I'm very fascinated by the 10,000 hour rule which is discussed in length. According to Gladwell's research, a person must practice a skill 10,000 hours before reaching the mastery level. Essentially, achievement is talent plus preparation.
"In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?
His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band."
I began researching the 10,000 hour rule in more detail and found some interesting rebuttals to the concept. It's also worth a read. The main idea is that the complexity of the field being mastered has to considered.
Last update on April 26, 2:52 pm by Kristina Bentle.