Book Review – Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers by Malcom Gladwell is a very interesting book!  Gladwell has done a fantastic job at providing short stories and case studies to support each of his main points.

Gladwell points out what we already knew, but did not put together.  It’s like having a jigsaw puzzle box sitting on your coffee table for years, but never diving in to put the puzzle together.  If you did, you would discover that the greatest and wealthiest businessmen were born only a few years apart in the mid nineteenth century and software revolutionists were born only a couple of years apart in the 1950s.  Offspring of Jewish immigrants make the best lawyers and cultures that value respect do not make great pilots.  Gladwell makes these connections for us.

Outliers is about the opportunities that make successful people.  A set of circumstances and a certain upbringing provides the foundation for a person’s success.  A genius could end up living on a farm in rural Missouri with only a high school diploma while poor immigrants become successful businessmen.  Why?  It’s about opportunity and chance.  For example, poor Jamaican girls are born at the right time by chance then receive amazing opportunities that lead to a college degree.­­

I highly recommend Outliers by Malcom Gladwell.  It’s an easy read and inspirational to anyone who may think that success is bred from a certain pedigree.  If you’re not given the opportunities, go make some!

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