Sunday, June 7, 2015

Book Review: Outliers: The Story of Success

Author: Malcolm Gladwell 
Title of the Book: "Outliers: The Story of Success" 

Year of Publication: 2008  
Place of Publication: New York     
Publisher: Hachette Book Group   
Number of Pages: 336 
Price:  USD 9.62 (Paperback), USD 18.59 (Hardcover) 
ISBN: 978-0316017930 

In Malcolm Gladwell's thought, one may ask, is being an 'outlier' also means being 'eccentric'? Probably not.

For statisticians, an 'outlier' is something or someone who is beyond what is considered normal. But in Gladwell's sense, an 'outlier' is someone who can reach their full potential for success.   

Gladwell in this book asserts that circumstances have a hand in an individual's destiny for becoming an 'outlier'. As such, his assertions are focused on nurture over nature. 

In reading the book, one can retain two things in mind. The first is about the the imperative for 10,000 hours of practice so that one can master his/her craft. The second is his so-called Power Distance Index which he used to explain the disasters in Korean airlines and later on was corrected.  

While Gladwell's assertions were backed-up by solid evidences, I would think that there are some loopholes. First is that, he failed to present his methodology for coming up with the evidences. Second, he failed to realize that there are two kinds of 'gifted' people. The first kind are those who can identify opportunities and leverage on them and the second are those who are blind to such opportunities. 

Despite of this however, the book provides glaring insights on what could be the likely reason for success. But still, hard work has its payoff. 

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