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Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers

Why you should read this book:

Have you always wondered what the key to success is? Do you want to know why some people become super famous while others don’t? Malcolm Gladwell explores this question by looking at “outliers” people who are exceptional and so successful in their field that they become a category of success all their own. The subject matter is exciting and educational, as well as applicable to parts of one’s own life. Gladwell makes the complex seem simple, breaking down, in a series of vignettes, what about a person led them to have such phenomenal success. His manner of writing is clear and concise, allowing for an engaging read despite the difficult concepts presented. 

Why you shouldn’t read this book:

  • You’re not a fan of non-fiction
  • You feel that Gladwell assumes incorrectly that society, (“we”), doesn’t understand what it takes to be successful
  • You don’t believe in the theory of 10,000 hours
  • You’re not a fan of Malcolm Gladwell in general

What Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell is about:

There is success, and then there’s SUCCESS. In Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell asks what makes a person the best in their field, the most famous, the most successful? He calls these people “outliers” and states that the secret to their success lies not in what they’re like as people but where they came from. Following this logic, Gladwell explores the culture, family, generation and distinctive experiences of some of the world’s most successful people. He examines their lives and explains how they became so outstanding. This book is meant to inform and inspire, breaking down giant celebrities into their composite parts and providing a rough guide map for one’s own success.

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