Outliers book cover

Malcolm Gladwell’s latest book, Outliers is a fascinating read. Gladwell examines the story of success — why some people are outliers (“for one reason or another, are so accomplished and so extraordinary and so outside of ordinary experience”). Some of the outliers he examines are Canadian junior hockey players, Bill Gates and The Beatles.

For Gladwell, “success is not a random act. It arises out of a predictable and powerful set of circumstances and opportunities”. If you want to be on the Canadian junior hockey team then it matters what month you were born in (January). If you want to be a Silicon Valley billionaire then it matters what year you were born in (1955). If you want to be a successful airline pilot then it matters what country you were born in.

This book is for everyone, whether you’re successful or not. Gladwell writes with clarity and uses some interesting examples to explain success. I found the book hard to put down after the first few pages.

I never knew that Malcolm Gladwell was a fellow Canadian that grew up in Elmira, Ontario, and graduated from the University of Toronto. He’s been a staff writer with The New Yorker since 1996.

A conversation with Malcolm Gladwell — Charlie Rose Show
Outliers — Wikipedia

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