The Story of Success
Malcolm Timothy Gladwell is an English-born Canadian journalist, author, and public speaker. He is the author of five New York Times bestsellers—The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and David and Goliath. He is also the co-founder of Pushkin Industries, an audio content company that produces the podcasts Revisionist History, which reconsiders things both overlooked and misunderstood, and Broken Record, where he, Rick Rubin, and Bruce Headlam interview musicians across a wide range of genres. Gladwell has been included in the TIME 100 Most Influential People list and touted as one of Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers.
Gladwell’s writings often deal with the unexpected implications of research in the social sciences and make frequent and extended use of academic work, particularly in the areas of sociology, psychology, and social psychology.
We, human beings, have always been intrigued as to what makes a person successful. We try to search for the secrets of such people to accomplish great things in life.
Outliers is another Malcolm Gladwell masterclass of ebullient writing and brain scathing perspective which places the big guns of the world on the podium, breaking down the attributes that make them stand apart from the crowd. We all have been bombarded with fairy tale stories of the underdog burning the midnight oil, toiling hard, and ultimately winning big in life. But in the haze of unbridled joy we often miss out on the socio-cultural settings that breed these immaculate winners; that is, we often disregard the importance of their family background, culture, and outlandish upbringing.
Gladwell writes – “It is not the brightest who succeed”. “Nor is success simply the sum of the decisions and efforts we make on our own behalf. It is, rather, a gift. Outliers are those who have been given opportunities — and who have had the strength and presence of mind to seize them.”
Outliers is, hence, a sincere attempt at throwing light on the life journey of exceptional individuals and highlight that the values of the world we inhabit and the crowd we vibe with, determine who we really are at the core. Unlike some other books where the author keeps on elaborating a single point, Outliers covers a wide range of stories, ranging from hockey player birthdays, Jewish lawyers, Asian math abilities, etc. which makes it much more fun and interesting.
The book is a solemn witness to the fact that success is not always about brain and brawn, but it is about striking hard when the iron is hot, that is capitalizing on opportunities with hard work creates something that the world beholds. An Outlier.
Who is this book for?
The book is a must-read for the curious minds who envision to become experts in their respective fields and are on a constant lookout for opportunities present out there. The fresh perspective in the book would surely lead you to be more driven towards your goals and motivate students to cash in on opportunities in these turbulent times.