Updated: Apr 15
Another one down, infinity to go!
As I was reading, I spent my days and nights thinking about it, itching to get back into the pages and lose myself in the content. It is educational, though not in the self development/self help sense of the word, thus I didn't do much underlining; however, it will open your eyes to how the journey to success is not an accident.
Within the pages of the book, Gladwell examines the paths taken by many overwhelmingly successful people and some overwhelmingly not so successful people. His research is clearly extensive, and it uncovered some intriguing trends leading to the triumphs and failures of these outliers.
This book is perhaps most well known because of it's examination of the 10,000 hour rule, popularized by K. Anders Ericsson—the theory that suggests that it takes 10,000 hours of focused practice to become great at a certain task, or to become and expert in a given field.
One of the sentences I did underline:
"...the people at the very top don't work just harder than everyone else, they work much harder."
But the work isn't always enough. Gladwell goes much deeper than that to reveal that there is often a great deal of timing, opportunity, and good old fashioned luck or good fortune involved in becoming an outlier, not to mention the important role one's upbringing and ethnic background might play. Not everything is within the realm of control of the individual or individuals.
As a parent, Outliers has really made me think about how I can create unique opportunities for my children, while arming them with the strength and problem solving skills they'll need to take advantage of those opportunities when they present themselves.
I'll finish with the only other passage that I underlined:
"Outliers are those who have been given opportunities - and who have had the strength and presence of mind to seize them."
Read it. 1.5 million other people have. That's gotta mean something!