This is the third book I’ve read by Mr. Gladwell. “Blink” was an wonderful look at how we think when we’re not thinking about how we think: About all that goes on in our brains in the blink of an eye.
In “Outliers” he looks at success; at how it’s not all about talent and hard work. We get great stories about people like Bill Gates, Mozart, and the Beatles. He looks at how where we end up has a lot to do with where we’re from; our families, our culture, the history that has shaped our culture. He claims, and gives proof that successful people “are invariably the beneficiaries of hidden advantages and extraordinary opportunities and cultural legacies that allow them to learn and work hard and make sense of the world in ways others cannot.”
Mari Malcolm states: “Outliers can be enjoyed for its bits of trivia, like why most pro hockey players were born in January, how many hours of practice it takes to master a skill, why the descendents of Jewish immigrant garment workers became the most powerful lawyers in New York, how a pilots’ culture impacts their crash record, how a centuries-old culture of rice farming helps Asian kids master math. But there’s more to it than that. Throughout all of these examples–and in more that delve into the social benefits of lighter skin color, and the reasons for school achievement gaps–Gladwell invites conversations about the complex ways privilege manifests in our culture. He leaves us pondering the gifts of our own history, and how the world could benefit if more of our kids were granted the opportunities to fulfill their remarkable potential. ”
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