Success is not always easy to describe since people have different definitions of what success is, what it looks like and how to achieve it. In the book I’ve chosen for September, Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell takes on the subject of success and tells a different story than we’re used to hearing. He is also the author of The Tipping Point which changed the way we understand the world and Blink where he changed the way we think about thinking.
I hope you enjoy the book. Please let me know what you think.
In Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of “outliers”–the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?
His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the experiences of their upbringing. He examines how a person’s environment, in conjunction with personal drive and motivation, affects his or her possibility and opportunity for success. Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles a world-renowned rock band.
Outliers: The Story of Success can be purchased HERE
Check out Gladwell’s TED Talk.
Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1996. In addition to Outliers, he is the author of The Tipping Point and Blink which are both international bestsellers. Prior to joining The New Yorker, he was a reporter at the Washington Post. Gladwell was born in England and grew up in rural Ontario. He now lives in New York.