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A Must Read

This review has been rated 5 stars

I've never come across a book that had been so highly recommended to me by so many people. By the time I had finally gotten my hands on a copy, no fewer than 10 people had suggested that I read it.

Outliers is a book about some of the ingredients that lead to success. It also examines a number of notable success stories, including Bill Gates and The Beatles. This is NOT a recipe for achieving success. The book focuses primarily on two important factors - opportunity and legacy. Throughout the book, Gladwell refers to the 10,000 hour rule, where it takes 10,000 hours of practice to achieve greatness in any field - whether it is playing sports, playing music or programming computers.

He also contrasts the careers of J. Robert Oppenheimer and Christopher Langan, a self-taught genius whose IQ has been said to be between 195 and 210. While Oppenheimer found himself working on the Manhattan Project, Langan ended up on a horse farm in the midwest. Although a high IQ can be a contributing factor in success, it is in no way a guarantee.

Outliers, as defined by Gladwell, are people who do not fit into our normal understanding of achievement. He also goes on to say that 'Outliers are those who have been given opportunities - and who have had the strength and presence of mind to seize them.'

Gotta read Outliers
Reply posted April 10, 2010

Now you have become probably the 6th person who recommended Outliers to me! I have gotten through part of this book already and I have to agree with your 5 star assessment. I can't put it down. The only thing is I sometimes worry I am worried I am getting too old to apply the 10,000 hour rule to my life! I sobering thought.

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not quite so practiced...
Reply posted June 21, 2010

What an interesting concept for a book! With so many recommendations, I think I might try it too. Although the only thing I may have spent close to 10,000 hours on is reading novels, hah!