Tuesday, June 30, 2009

OUTLIERS: THE STORY OF SUCCESS - Malcolm Gladwell


For decades, there is always at least one how-to book that crops up like a dandelion in a strawberry patch. You know the names, even if you never read past the title: Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus or Dianetics. I remember "the Secret," as well as "the Word."

Still, Outliers is different. It shows the correlation between success and behaviors, situations, and just plain luck. For example, most Canadian professional hockey players are born in January, February, and March. Do you think that parents plan that? They might start thinking about it, now.

With fantastic interviews that build on basic principals, it is a book that encourages more discussion - even prompting a huge talk about how many hours one must read and write to become a successful author (with my 10-year-old).

4.5 out of 5.0 Knock-Outs.

2 comments:

Chris Eldin said...

I read this book when it first came out (Yes, I bought the hard-cover), and feel it can apply to anyone's life.

I was amazed by the 10,000 hour rule. Though I do disagree somewhat because I think innate talent exists, I do for the most part agree with the premise of Gladwell's book, and feel it offers hope.

Kristin Dodge said...

Agreed... the 10,000 rule is pretty mind-blowing. If I keep reading and writing, I should hit that hour by the time I am 40. ;-)