Outliers–The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

outliersIt is the plain dream for many people to become successful, and super rich in life. They want to be remembered, even after they died. They want to have a big house, lots of gigantic cars, tons and tons of money. The want to be famous. However, those who ever became really successful has a secret. They had done something not all average people had done. And because of that, the road in front of them is suddenly clear. Some secrets are amazingly weird.

This is one of the non fiction books that I found interesting.

There’s a rumour that all awesomely, insanely good hockey players are born between the months January to March, most of the most famous one being born in March. Why is that? Its because of the practice and lesson times they get. Hockey practice starts somewhere in Easter and ends in June, when they had just reached the essential age to start practicing, at somewhere at the age of five. Because at the age of 1-5, children has developed at a way different rate. Say a kid which at least five months difference has a huge gap between them. The one at five months old could probably already be learning how to sit up, and could already laugh and smile. What about a kid between six months and one year old? The one year could already be walking. Because of that difference, the kids that are born at June-December can get less progress with the practice. So lesson for the day, when you are born in the middle to the end of the year, forget hockey. But if there could be lessons ranging for June to October just for these kids, there could be more hockey stars after all.

There is a ‘10,000’ rule if you ever want to be famous and talented. Like Bill Gates? As a young kid, everyday he would go down, and spend hours and hours to the end practicing how to program with many of his friends. As time went on, and he grew older, he started to spend more time in that place, learning until finally, he completed the 10,000 hours rule. Once you’ve finished the 10,000 rule you’ve already became a master in a certain area. If in around 20 years, a young kid completes 10,000 hours of practice on the violin, viola! In the end, she’ll be a concert master. So in quick short words, if you practice, practice, and practice, you would become really successful.

This is a very interesting book. It is full of stories from successful people. Gladwell is trying to analyze from the perspective side by asking a very important question: How? He explains that some people are born with the talent. They have amazingly high IQs that could help them in daily basis and life, but they aren’t really shining. Most of the people with really high IQs would just sit down, and be a normal lawyer and doctor, although their IQs are higher than Einstein himself (which is 150). Their lives are really normal, and they don’t create anything that would win a Nobel prize Long time back, IQ tests were essential, but now it isn’t, mainly because IQs aren’t that useful in real life after some studies.

There are also many other factors that leads to success, like about the year you should be born. Although certain people which has the potential to be successful, but born at the start of 1900s could not have a chance. The First World War and the Great Depression are to blame. People born on 1920 to 1925 could. Bill Gates was also born at the correct time. Other things might include the parents. Poor parents might suddenly have great kids who are lawyers or doctors. Finally, it also depends on the child’s curiosity. When a parent encourages a child to speak up, to have a place in a community, the higher the chance for the child to be successful.

Malcolm T. Gladwell is a Canadian journalist, bestselling author, and speaker. He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996, and is currently 51 years old. He also got the ‘Goodread awards best Nonfiction nomination’.


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