Genres: Research, Society, People
In the book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell gives his take on the story of successful people. He takes a look at everyone from tech geniuses like Bill Gates to music legends such as John Lennon and tries to make the claim that immense success is the by-product of a series of unlikely events. In other words, to be an outlier you need a whole lot of luck.
Overall, I did enjoy reading the book as Gladwell brings up some really good points and tells some really cool stories. In particular, I liked how he tries to make the case that if we recognize and understand the causes behind uneven playing fields, we can create more opportunities for people to succeed. That said, I think the book is just a series of cool single standing points. I think the main criticisms I have with this book is that Gladwell doesn’t do the best job of tying together all his points into one cohesive message and that he overemphasizes the need for luck. I understand that everyone requires luck and that one good opportunity can lead to further opportunities, but there is a need for skill and intelligence as well. You can’t always just trip and fall your way into success.
I think this book is a collection of good stories and is an interesting read. However, it won’t be on the top of my list for book recommendations. I would still recommend it though, but maybe as a book for someone to read if they are heavily interested in successful people and probability.
I'm Farshad. I'm a health science student 🔬, musician 🎶, and productivity nerd 🤓, who's currently working at the Ontario Medical Association. In my spare time, I enjoy learning and exploring new ideas in the world of science, technology, and philosophy. I'm also always exploring new ways to help myself and others live better, happier and more meaningful lives.