Outliers - The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
Rating : 4 of 5 Stars
In the wake of finishing ‘Blink’ I settled right into ‘Outliers’. I just felt it was the logical thing to do after the ‘Blink’ episode. I craved that added ‘Intel’ on mind and behaviour to help me understand my ‘success’ as ‘Outliers’ so plainly outlined.
By now everybody knows Malcolm Gladwell also authored ‘Tipping Point’ and ‘Blink’ and if you’ve read these earlier books, you knew then Gladwell’s angle on his subject matters.
Thus, true to form, ‘Outliers’ addressed issues on the sublime human interactions that you and I have experienced sometimes or thought of in passing but hardly made the in roads to explore further. In that sense, that was what Malcolm Gladwell readily does in our stead in this book. He deduced the theory that success and failure were correlated to uncontrollable factors in our lives - it’s not all hard work and intelligence.
‘Outliers’ was truly fun to read despite the rather obvious ‘The Story of Success’ subtitle. Just like in ‘Blink’, Gladwell writes with ease of prose and in a direct way. He supported his examples with proven facts and explained simply without heavy jargons and scientific terminologies. This style was what that made his books especially ‘Outliers’ such a treat for his readers .
Of course, the book negotiated elements of sheer coincidences to point out that we all have histories that did or undid particular events that which eventually launched us on our way to success (or failure for that matter). You can disagree with this argument if you liked. What we need to understand however, is that these ‘coincidences’ were not perhaps coincidental after all but rather ‘fortunate’ opportunities showing its hand while we were ready at the opportune time to seize it. It’s all about timing and circumstances to put it in another way. There’s some level of truth to this claim actually if you thought about it.
Do I agree with ‘Outliers’? Yeah I do. As I read the book I examined my life as far as I could remember and certain things that happened or I wish happened did in fact sway my journey to my current place in life. Okay, let’s be honest here. ‘Outliers’ can also depress you. Because if at this juncture, you were down on your luck or in some sort of predicament, the book might show things that you wouldn’t want to know or believe. On the flip side if things were hunky dory then ‘Outliers’ might just be your favourite book!
Anyway, Malcolm Gladwell ended the book quite nicely with profound anecdotes of his personal history and why and how he came to his deductions that which inspired ‘Outliers’. This was quite endearing and made the deepest of logic for his part in writing the book. I therefore recommend that you read it too. It’s pleasantly enjoyable even if you are not at your gleeful best right now. For what’s its worth, ‘Outliers’ might just offer you some relevant insights to your current state.
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