Outliers – The STORY of SUCCESS


This is the third book I read by this author…First THE TIPPING POINT, then BLINK…(thank you Andrei for giving them to me 😛 ). Malcolm Gladwell doesn’t cease to surprise me. Each book is different and makes you want to share it with your closest friends…

Here is the book summary as it appears on its cover:

 Why do some people achieve so much more than others? Can they lie so far outside the ordinary? What is the secret of their success?

 In this provocative and inspiring book, Malcolm Gladwell examines everyone from business giants to scientific geniuses, sports stars to musicians, and reveals what they have in common. He looks behind the spectacular results, the myths and the legends to show what really explains exceptionally successful people.

 Gladwell argues that, when we try to understand success, we normally start with the wrong question. We ask ‘what is this person like?’ when we should really been asking ‘where are they from?’ The real secret of success turns out to be surprinsingly simple, and it hinges on a few crucial twists in people’s life stories – on the culture they grow up in and the way they spend their time.

 What does Bill Gates have in common with the Beatles? How does your IQ relate to your salary? What can a linguist tell us about airline safety? How does the way your child speaks to an adult affect theis success in life? What do rice paddies have to do with maths results? And how can you predict a maths star without even making them take a test? Malcolm Gladwell has the answers.

 This book really will change the way you think about your life. And it will challenge you to make the most of your potential.

Furthermore, Gladwell sais that the qualities that work has to have if it is to be satisfying are autonomy, complexity  and a connection between effort and reward. Besides, hard work is a prison sentence only if it does not have meaning.

I believe this book puts your neurons to work….nice…

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