Outliers: The Story of Success

Malcolm Gladwell

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A brilliant new book from the bestselling author of The Tipping Point and Blink

Why are people successful? For centuries, humankind has grappled with this question, searching for the secret to accomplishing great things. In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an invigorating intellectual journey to show us what makes an extreme overachiever.

He reveals that we pay far too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where successful people are from: their culture, their family, and their generation. Gladwell examines how the careers of Bill Gates and the performance of world-class football players are alike; what top fighter pilots and The Beatles have in common; why so many top lawyers are Jewish; why Asians are good at maths; and why it is correct to say that the mathematician who solved Fermat's Theorem is not a genius.

Just as he did in Blink, Gladwell overturns many of our conventional notions and creates an entirely new model for seeing the world. Brilliant and entertaining, this is a landmark work that will simultaneously delight and illuminate.

What will you learn from this book

Take-Aways

1. People who can be considered to be stars of their respective areas of expertise, who gain fame are where they are because of the favorable circumstances in their lives, the culture they are a part of, and how hard they worked.

2. Innate talent definitely helps, but the rest of the factors are more important than we think.

3. In order to truly master something, we have to put a minimum of 10,000 hours into it. This number interestingly remains largely unvaried, irrespective of the art or skill and the person practicing in question.

4. Talent coupled with hard work and preparation and aided by circumstances takes a person to new highs.

Language English
ISBN-10 0141036249
ISBN-13 9780141036243
No of pages 285
Font Size Medium
Book Publisher Penguin Books
Published Date 18 Nov 2008

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Author : Malcolm Gladwell

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