Malcolm Gladwell

I was watching a documentary about Bobby Fischer and at one point Malcolm Gladwell popped up to talk about the 10,000 hours it takes to become an expert in any given field. I've heard this idea before and though that maybe I should read this guy's book and see what the story is there.
Outliers is about the stories we tell ourselves about success and successful people. Gladwell's central point is that no-one rises to the top in any endeavour solely by their own effort. That is not to denigrate the effort, talent and drive of those who succeed, but to recognise that a specific sets of circumstances favour certain outcomes and some people are in the right time and right place with the right skill set, personality and background to take advantage of that. There is no such thing as making it on your own.
It's a fascinating and convincing read. I'm sure there are flaws in his arguments that have been dealt with elsewhere.
All I can say is that I really enjoyed it and that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.

Rating: A

Posted by Greig

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