Book Review: Outliers-The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

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Outliers: the Story of Success, written by Malcolm Gladwell delves a bit deeper into analyzing why certain people are successful.  We often assume that successful people were ambitious, driven, and hard working.

Malcolm refutes this and instead theorizes that successful people are that way because of the events and people around them.  They were in the right place at the right time.  It has to do with generation, culture, and class.  Opportunity. Luck.

He explains why Steve Jobs of Apple and Bill Gates of Microsoft are successful, why NHL hockey players are mostly born in January, why Asians are good at math, and how Korean Airlines got rid of their tarnished reputation for safety with a conscious change in cultural behaviour.

In the last chapter, he even analyzes how he became who he is with the story of his grandmother and his own mother in Jamaica.

This book was really fascinating, and it helps you understand the world around you.

It helps you put success in context…I want to be an outlier! (In a positive way!)

I give it a 10/10… read it- I highly recommend it.

Readers, have you read this book? Or any of the other Malcolm Gladwell books? What'd you think?

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  1. Financial Cents on May 9, 2010 at 6:59 am

    @Y&T – Sounds like a good read. I’ve heard about it from friends and they said its worth the read as well. Good overview and looking forward to having it on my coffee table soon. Cheers!
    .-= Financial Cents

  2. Forest on May 10, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    I don’t normally read this kind of book but it sounds very interesting (I want to know why most pro hockey players are born in January 🙂 ).

    I have strangely also never heard of Malcom Gladwell…. must look him up.

  3. young on May 12, 2010 at 7:43 am

    @Forest yes I didnt know about him either! it’s super fascinating. another book that’s apparantly quite good is freakonomics, and I have yet to check him out =) Let me know what you think of Outliers!

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