Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Outliers

Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink and The Tipping Point, released his new book yesterday entitled Outliers. Gladwell has a knack for looking at what lies beneath phenomenas and his latest book takes us on yet another journey into what appears to be so, questioning all the way.

What makes someone successful? That's the question Gladwell tackles this time around. Society seems to commonly believe in meritocracy, the idea that successful people come to their success by innate talent and a great deal of sacrifice and hard work. Outliers takes this assumption and turns it on its head. His findings are interesting and eye-opening.

For me, this is exciting reading. Seeing as I believe that our quality of life is based on the questions we ask, I am always intrigued when someone questions the status quo view of something and wonders, "Is this really so?" Gladwell proposes that there is more to success than just hard work and that luck, opportunity and timing play a greater role in success than we might think.

So, have a read and let me in on your thoughts.

tall penguin

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