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Outliers: The Story of Success

OutliersYesterday, I finished reading Malcolm Gladwell’s latest book, “Outliers: The Story of Success”.  Easily, the book ranks as one of the most interesting and insightful I have ever read – I could not put the book down.  If you have read one of Gladwell’s other books, you know what I’m talking about. If not, I recommend that you pick up The Tipping Point, Blink (which I still need to read) or Outliers when you get a chance.

Outliers details how there are a variety of circumstances and factors that contribute to someone’s success, which are beyond a person’s circle of influence or control.  Yes, many successful people have passion, intelligence and ambition, as is so often conveyed in success literature, but often times there much more that is actually going on.

  • http://psychologyofsuccess.wordpress.com psychologyofsuccess

    It is a fabulous book and I am glad that a person of his influence can shed light on some other factors that lead to success beyond working hard and doing all of the right things. Environment is sometimes underrated by the whole, but individually we all know it’s value.

    Also, although I haven’t heard anyone talk or blog about it I enjoyed the section on Appalachian families the best.

  • eric

    Yes, it truly was an enjoyable read – quite an eye opener. I have been reading a fair bit of success literature of late, and Outliers certainly provides some balance to the principles that many authors preach. Having already read The Tipping Point, now I am very tempted to pick up Blink.

  • http://sundaralife.blogspot.com Liv

    I really enjoyed this book too – i don’t necessarily agree with everything he says but his words are thought provoking and it made me see the world in a different light.

    My full review of the book is on One Degree – http://www.onedegree.ca/2009/08/how-we-lead-matters-liv-hungs-review.html