In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers" — the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what... read more
In this intellectual book by Malcolm Gladwell, Gladwell analyzes the true stories of success and failure in human society for what they really are, rather than what we take them to be. Going from tales of millionaires and Jewish law firms all the way to Chinese Rice culture and Korean plane... read more
In this intellectual book by Malcolm Gladwell, Gladwell analyzes the true stories of success and failure in human society for what they really are, rather than what we take them to be. Going from tales of millionaires and Jewish law firms all the way to Chinese Rice culture and Korean plane crashes, Gladwell explains the cause and series of events that happened to these people.
He explains how Bill Gates may be "self-made" but he also had many opportunities that most of society doesn't have, like access to a computer within the first few years of their invention. He was the right age at the right time to take advantage of the new technology, spending hours a day at the new computer center at the University of Michigan. Stories like Gates' show how the best and richest of today's society may have had opportunities limited to few. In another chapter, Gladwell talks about the reason that Korean pilots tend to have more plane crashes than that of any other country in the world. He reveals that this is because of a very hierarchical society in which the lower classes tend to not directly address their superiors, in the case of planes, the co-pilot is intimidated by the pilot, and as a result, will not report all information about the safety or condition of the plane, even if it means they may crash soon. They will attempt to relate the information to the pilot, but are not able to say it outright. Obviously with more detail and grace, Gladwell explains success and failure stories like these to the average person in an easy to understand book.
The book is overall incredibly interesting, often explaining questions that many people have. At times, the book can seem a little slow, mainly if the story is not incredibly relevant to the reader. Overall however, I found the story to be a very good book, one of the best non-fiction, analytical novels I have ever read. The main reason I liked the book was that it addressed sports and business success stories. I have always been curious as to how Bill Gates became so wealthy from such a modest background. I have also always wondered how people born earlier in the year tend to do in the real world and sports, and why many people I have played with in youth sports were larger than me (my birthday’s in November). I would recommend this book to all adults, and kids in High School who enjoy analyzing society, and the reason behind events. The story was good to me, but I could see how it would be confusing and boring to others.
One key quote that stuck out to me above all others is “No one- not rock stars, not professional athletes, not software’s billionaires, and not even geniuses- ever makes it alone.” This quote stands out to me above all others, and with support from Gladwell, is proven to be true. It represents the society that we live in, and the nature of humans. We cannot do everything alone, and no matter how many times somebody says they may have made it alone, they’re lying or they haven’t realized who or what helped them. Nobody makes it alone.
“When we understand what it really means to be a good pilot-- when we understand how much culture and history and the world outside of the individual matter to professional success-- then we don't have to throw up our hands in despair at an airline where pilots crash planes into the sides of mountains. We have a way to make successes out of the unsucessful. (Pranati Puri)”
“What redeemed the life of a rice farmer, however, was the nature of that work. It was a lot like the garment work done by the Jewish immigrants to New York. It was meaningful. First of all, there is a clear relationship in rice farming between effort and reward. The harder you work a rice field, the more it yields. Second, it's complex work. The rice farmer isn't simply planting in the spring and harvesting in the fall. He or she effectively rusn a small business, juggling a family workforce, hedging uncertainty through seed selection, building and managing a sophisticated irrigation system, and coordinating the complicated process of harvesting the first crop while simultaneously preparing the second crop. (Pranati Puri)”
“So where does something like practical intelligence come from? We know where analytical intelligence comes from. It's something, at least in part, that's in your genes. Chris Langan started talking at six months. He taught himself to read at three years of age. He was born smart. IQ is a measure, to some degree, of innate ability. But social savvy is knowledge. It's a set of skills that have to be learned. It has to come from somewhere, and the place where we seem to get these kinds of attitudes and skills is from our families. (Pranati Puri)”
“Those three things - autonomy, complexity, and a connection between effort and reward - are, most people will agree, the three qualities that work has to have if it is to be satisfying.”
Introduction: The Roseto Mystery
Part One: Opportunity
Chapter 1: The Matthew Effect
Chapter 2: The 10,000-Hour Rule
Chapter 3: The Trouble with Geniuses, Part 1
Chapter 4: The Trouble with Geniuses, Part 2
Chapter 5: Three Lessons from Joel Flom
Part Two: Legacy
Chapter 6: Harlan, Kentucky
Chapter 7: The Ethnic Theory of Plane Crashes
Chapter 8: Rice Paddies and Math Tests
Chapter 9: Marita's Bargain
Epilogue: A Jamaican Story
There are some things to keep in mind for children such as the 10,000 hour rule. It's helpful to remember that when your child is practicing the violin. Another question for parents: do you let your kids conclude that they are simply not able in mathematics when it may be that they give up trying to understand too soon? What is the role of parents in the education of a child? Is education primarily the responsibility of a school or of the parents? What can parents do if they feel schools do not do enough?
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