Thursday, February 11, 2021

Outliers - Malcolm Gladwell

Have you always thought, like myself, that in order to excel in any one field you must be wonderfully talented, extremely skilled and very persevering? Well, it’s true, you need all that, but unfortunately it’s not gonna be enough. What else, then? That’s what this book is about.
We already know that Malcolm Gladwell’s trick to writing a good book is…examples, examples, examples! Very revelatory examples. And here are a few good ones.What do you need to become a top Canadian hokey player besides, of course, talent and hard work? Well, it helps if you were born in the first quarter of the year. Surprising, huh? And how do you get to be the most famous rock band of all time? Countless round the clock gigs at a bunch of underground Hamburg’s nightclubs. And to turn into a tech tycoon like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs or Bill Joy? You’d better be born around 1955 and have unlimited access to a rare (for that time) modern computer, or live next door to a cohort of senior HP engineers.
Opportunity and legacy, that is.
Enjoy your reading.

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