Outliers {Book Review}

What makes someone successful? That’s the question that Malcom Gladwell sets out to answer in Outliers: The Story of Success. 

Gladwell is the one who introduced the 10,000 hour rule to the masses (if you count the readers of his works “the masses”). If you aren’t familiar with the rule, it states that if you spend 10,000 hours on something, you’ll master it. It’s an intriguing concept and it recently came to my attention when I heard about a man who quit his job to take up golf.

True story.

A man decided to test out the theory by dedicating his life to golf. He wants to be a pro golfer. It didn’t matter that he had never picked up a golf club in his life. He had goals and ambitions. He also believed in the 10,000 rule.

Gladwell explains that the American concept of success (pulling yourself up by your bootstraps) isn’t as easy as it sounds. He dissects the elements of success – the 10,000 hour rule, placement in society, passions, and the time in which you were born among other things. It’s a fascinating read. He points out something integral to the way we define success – people don’t make it on their own. They need other people. They are nobodies without communities.

Interesting thought, isn’t it?  The book is a fascinating read and a must if you want to expand your definition of success.


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