Outliers by malcolm gladwell
We buy books that tell us over and over again what we already know and believe.
When people in authority speak to you, you are probably less likely to question them. Macnamara and colleagues have subsequently performed a comprehensive review of 9, research papers about practice relating to acquiring skills. It was the making of them. The trouble with the book is that Gladwell is ultimately engaged in a long argument with nobody but himself. Having come from the working class, even a particularly radical end of it, I can still see aspects of this deference in my own character and this was perhaps the most challenging part of the book for me. What are their unique ways of thinking? As you can see, it takes a lot more than simply being talented or smart to become extraordinary. Throughout, he defines his position against a floating, ubiquitous, omnipotent 'we'; a Greek chorus of predictable opposition and received opinion. Robert Oppenheimer 's affluent background helped give him the skills necessary to become successful. Likewise in Be aware of creating, endorsing or falling on the wrong side of systems that distribute opportunity unfairly. But there is a much better sensation we can get from a book, although this is much more rare.
Perhaps we can never all be Lady Di, at least, not in public but we can all attempt suicide with a pate knife and get into colonic irrigation.
What are their morning and evening habits?
It was a product of the world in which they grew up. Essentially he shows that if you put in 10, hours on any task you will be highly proficient at that task.
If you didn't know he was a writer and journalist, you wouldn't be surprised to hear that he was a leading operator at Microsoft or Google. It is as if there is a cut off date for when you will be a professional ice hockey player — and, in fact, there is.
If you have kids, read this book — it will give you hints on how to bring them up with perhaps a modest sense of entitlement — it could make all of the difference. The world for Gladwell is a text that he reads as closely as he can in seeking to decode and interpret it.
As you can see, it takes a lot more than simply being talented or smart to become extraordinary.
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