Saturday, November 24, 2012

Book 29: Outliers by Malcom Gladwell

Seeing as this followed one I wasn't too stoked over by Mr. Gladwell I was more than pleasantly surprised. How much so? Well, I LOVED this book. Loved it. Why? Because he demystifies everything about successful people that I have been reading and searching out. In one sentence - successful people are created, not born.

Created as in literally born at the right time but then inserted into prime opportunity, created through time dedicated to a particular mission or idea, and created through something as simple as how we communicate with one another.

Mr. Gladwell traces back how by the time Bill Gates exploded onto the scene he had spent his 8th-12th grade years and long nights on the campus of University of Washington playing on computers the size of your dining room table. This amounted to approximately 10,000 hours of practice. He traces back how Mozart may have started composing music at age 4 but his first great piece of work was not composed until he was 21, approximately 10,000 hours of practice later. How willing are you to dedicate 10,000 hours of practice to your passion?

Mr. Gladwell connects the history of how rice is harvested and why Koreans, Japanese, and Chinese are better at math. I won't detail it for you but it has to do with their history of working time per year dedication, surpassing other farming communities by as many as 1,000 hours per year or more.

His points about success makes me happy because I know that there is no such thing as luck, and here are 285 pages to back it up. Read it.


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