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This book is an outlier: Brilliant!
am 30. Juli 2017
The author Malcolm Gladwell, a journalist and writer, reveals on the basis of very interesting examples (Bill Gates, The Beatles, etc.) what it takes to become successful. The often mentioned ten thousand hours of practice (work) is just one factor. But the real reason why some people succeed, while others don't are a combination of "ability, opportunity, and utterly arbitrary advantage". Among the opportunities and arbitrary advantages are for example: Born at the right time in the year, at the right time in history, in the right city, by the right parents, going by chance to the right university (no, its not the best university, just the right one), having the right cultural background (Jew, Asian, etc.), and many others.
This compulsively readable, brilliant written book explains in a straightforward approach what success is really based on. Why is this important? Gladwell: "My wish with Outliers is that it makes us understand how much of a group project success is. When outliers become outliers it is not just because of their own efforts. It's because of the contributions of lots of different people and lots of different circumstances, and that means that we, as a society, have more control about who succeeds - and how many of us succeed - than we think."
I have read many books about success. Outliers is my favorite so far. Another great book about success, that I really loved was: Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, and the Science of Success by Matthew Syed.