Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Malcom Gladwell

Malcom Gladwell has a gift for weaving a compelling narrative.  In his bestselling nonfiction book, Outliers, he tackles the complicated subject of success, taking a special interest in those individuals who lie on the outside of what is considered to be normal, i.e. the outlier.  Gladwell delves into the question of why some people have remarkable success while others of equal or even greater ability fail to ever reach their full potential. Conversely, he points out how disadvantages can actually be the best catalyst for success. What are the factors at play that make a person successful?  Is it genius?  Is it drive? Or could it be something else?  

Gladwell takes the reader on a painstakingly researched journey of success, looking closely at genius and how a high IQ doesn’t always propel a person toward a stellar future.  He examines the cases of software giant Bill Gates, looks into the near miraculous rise of the Beatles and peeks into the world of the giants of industry of the mid-19th century.  Gladwell attempts to answer the question of what it takes to be a superstar on the Canadian Hockey League, how the booming textile industry of the early 20th century paved the way for a generation of successful Jewish lawyers and why Asians really are good at math. What Gladwell concludes is in some ways startling.  No one became a giant of industry, a super-star athlete or a nation of mathletes on their own.  The factors at play are as varied and surprising as the outcome, and if you’re anything like me, you’ll find this book fascinating.

While not everyone has what it takes to be the next Bill Gates (and believe me, it takes a lot!) I do believe that everyone can benefit from that little nugget of practical wisdom found at the heart of Malcom Gladwell’s fascinating look at Outliers.  Check our catalog

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