Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers

Success is less about talent and more about opportunity. That’s the basic thrust of Gladwell’s argument. He’s lined up a whole list of people we would associate as outliers – super successful businesspeople, lawyers, sportspeople, etc and explained their success. by listing all the breaks they got along the way. There are two types of opportunity identified – access (to people, resources, etc) and timing (being born in the right month or the right year). It’s an interesting argument and well delivered. At times the editorialising gets in the way – and the final section about his own history is interesting but perhaps less relevant to the rest of the book – but overall a good read and worth checking out.

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