The Story of SuccessPaperback - 2011
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Gladwell draws surprising and interesting connections between the different causes of individual success.
“Practice isn't the thing you do once you're good. It's the thing you do that makes you good.” Gladwell contends that it takes roughly 10,000 hours to master a skill. Those that reach mastery have, in some way, had a greater opportunity for practice whether it's by virtue of being older, the righ... Read More »
DBRL_LyndseyR Apr 20, 2018
After watching a Ted Talk by Malcolm Gladwell several years ago, I’ve been wanting to read "Outliers". I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did! Our idea of successful people is so focused on the individual’s natural talents, that we never consider where they come from or how opp... Read More »
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"... the Beatles didn't recoil in horror when they were told they had to play eight hours a night, seven days a week [for early gigs in Germany]. They jumped at the chance. Hard work is a prison sentence only if it does not have meaning. Once it does, it becomes the kind of thing that makes you [successful] ...". (p. 150)
To build a better world we need to replace the patchwork of lucky breaks and arbitrary advantages that today determine success – the fortunate birth dates and the happy accidents of history – with a society that provides opportunities for all.
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"... We are so caught in the myths of the best and the brightest and the self-made that we think outliers spring naturally [into existence] ... But that's the wrong lesson. ... To build a better world we need to replace the patchwork of lucky breaks and arbitrary advantages that today determine success ... with a society that provides opportunities for all. ... The outlier, in the end, is not an outlier at all." (p. 268, 285)
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