Monday, September 19, 2011

Book Review: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Last night I stayed up past my bedtime to finish Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers.  Not only was my library download about to expire, but I also was really enjoying the book.  I read Blink, another of Gladwell's very popular books, in 2009 and was fascinated by it.  I'm a social science geek at heart and I love to see human behavior explained through the lens of culture and social dynamics.  Fascinating stuff, if you ask me. :)

Outliers talks about the conditions that can help to explain why seemingly atypical results occur and what goes into success beyond hard work and ingenuity.  He unpacks how doing well can sometimes be as much a product of when and where you were born, the kind of work your ancestors did, or the culture you are raised in as it does in personal achievement.  What Gladwell isn't saying is that people who are successful are simply lucky, but he is unpacking the myth that grit and determination are all that it takes to make it big.

I would highly recommend this book if you are interested in culture or social sciences or in business.  I think it has a lot to say for anyone looking for unique perspectives on human success.

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