Sunday, February 12, 2012

Have You Read Outliers?

Wow. I'm only 100 pages in, but Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell is fascinating.

Gladwell maintains that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to master something. All the greats in their given field have had at least that much practice to get to their high level of expertise. This includes basketball players, writers, doctors, computer scientists and so on.

Not only that, they've had a healthy dose luck to open doors. Sometimes being in the right place at the right time was their ticket to get that 10,000 hours of practice. Sometimes, being born in a certain window of time was what helped them get the opportunity to succeed. His theories are really, really interesting.  

I've definitely got lots to ponder today. I wonder what the next 128 pages holds? Can't wait to find out.

Have you read Outliers? What are your thoughts?

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