June 23, 2016
Outliers – The Story Of Success By Malcolm Gladwell delves into the intricacies of what makes an individual successful.
Gladwell postulates many of the finer points responsible for bringing us some of the greatest individuals of our times.
Throughout the book the author cites examples of several individuals – similar to his other books – where he uses data accumulated to showcase the leading drivers for what make individuals so successful – primarily an individual’s environment/culture.
For context purposes, regarding Gladwell’s other books, if Blink is an 8.5/10 and David & Goliath is a 7.5 out of then this book is 7. This book is still good and worth the read if you’re interested in the subject. It’s just that for me personally, wished it was backed by more data.
Most of the examples made sense, although others could be interpreted in a few ways. Still, what the author delineates shows more than ample evidence for the fact that an individual’s surge through the ranks of success have much to do with the circumstances that that particular individual lives through.
As the author mentions a few times, IQ alone will get you nowhere if you have no creative potential [not his words].
There are countless individuals who are cerebral studs, but for one reason or another, don’t attain the level of success they are able too. The reasons for this are given a cursory glance by the author, and it’s quite reasonable the way he states his case.
In its whole, the book could have been slightly more robust, but its drawbacks aren’t so much that it prevents one from learning a few things, and that’s always a plus.