Outliers-The Story of Success – Malcolm Gladwell

This is one wonderful book…..and…it is one difficult task to describe what this book is about….

‘The Story of Success’…is what the tag of the book read…..but it is that and much more….it is also the story of failure…..it is the story of people outside of the ‘normal’ range…The Outliers….

So what makes them outliers….?

Malcom Gladwell looks at all successful hockey players of all times in Canada…and spots a pattern….a majority of them are born in the months of Jan/Feb/March……so a significant majority are… Aquarian… Pisceans…. and Aires……(He lists names/B’days for the reader to examine!) what is it…? Lucky stars…..?

Well no my friends…he is not propagating astrology….he is just stating facts and then finding a logic to explain it…..

So here goes the logic…!

January 1st  is the cut off date for people to join a the hockey team in Canaidian schools….so  a 10 year old child born close to the cut off date would be bigger than his peers born in December…..and since he is bigger…chances are that he would be stronger/faster/better at the game of hockey…and hence he would be selected for the junior hockey team…since he is on the team he would get more practice and better training than his counter parts born in December…and hence my dear friends….once he grows up…he would be a successful player in the Canadian hockey team!!

Interesting eh!

The book is full of such interesting observations and even more interesting conclusions………….

Why does Korean Air have a disastrous ‘loss’ rate of 4.79 per  million departures during the period of 1988 to 1999 as compared to 0.27 per million departures for United Airlines in the same period…?? Almost seventeen times higher!!….Read the book to know the logic….it is fascinating….

Success is about being at the right place at the right time with the right amount of experience under your belt…10 thousand hours….is what Malcolm claims is required to be really really successful at anything you do….it could be anything…playing music….(Beatles)….Coding ( Bill Gates)….anything and everything…..so if you really really want to be good at something…..try to get 10 thousand hours of practice…and you will definitely be good….but to get this 10,thousand hours of practice…you have to love what you are doing…and be lucky to be at the ‘right’ place to get the opportunity to get the practice…

He describes the lives of many successful people….and illustrates how they were lucky enough to get the right exposure just like the hockey team kids…!

Read it…it sure makes an interesting Reading!

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4 responses to “Outliers-The Story of Success – Malcolm Gladwell

  1. Kunal

    Books Books Books..
    Something that i don’t like.. I wanted to use ‘Hate’, but i guess i don’t hate them..

    I’d better watch movies made upon them.. 😛

    Kunal

  2. aplihs

    🙂 I love reading….it rocks….movies dilute the effect of the book….you should try reading…its fun…!

  3. Kunal

    Never tried Reading and that’s why i should not be comparing! 😛

  4. Anand.U

    Interesting…I think Success is like a rainbow…You wake up daily to the same faded blue sky…hoping for its colorful presence…and when it shows up…It is so perfect…hav fun!!!

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