Saturday, January 10, 2009

OUTLIERS by Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers: The Story of Success Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars
Malcolm Gladwell's _Outliers_ is an idea that we are all "products of history and community, of opportunity and legacy."

Bill Gates may be smart, but he was also fortunate that he had the opportunity to have frequent access to a computer when he was as kid, back at a time when very, very few people did. Over a decade ago, Korean Air had the most numerous crash records because of the indirectness and deferential nature of the way the Korean crew communicated with each other, bound by their role-conscious language. But they cleaned their act by recognizing their communication problems and using English to break out of their hierarchical habits. The KIPP School in the Bronx works because they recognize that lower income kids do not learn the same way more privileged ones do outside of school because of the extracurricular activities and abundant books available to them. Outliers are really not all that exceptional if we look them carefully.

We are all dealt a hand at birth, but we'll continued to be presented with different opportunities in our lives. It's a matter of recognizing those opportunities, getting good at what we do by working on them for a minimum of 10,000 hours, and looking into our history to understand who we are in order to correct bad habits. It was generally an uplifting message.

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