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Outliers - By Malcolm Gladwell

Date read: 
March 3, 2014
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My Thoughts

Birthed the idea of 10,000 hours and accumulative advantage. Some great examples and analogies. Feels a bit drawn out at times. Could have been a blog post or two.

Summary Notes

It is those who are successful who are most likely to be given the kinds of special opportunities that lead to further success. It's the rich who get the biggest tax breaks and the best students who get the best teaching and the most attention.

Who we are cannot be separated from where we're from.

Accumulative advantage: The professional hockey player starts out a little better than his peers. This leads to an opportunity that makes the difference a bit bigger. This leads to another opportunity, which makes the small difference bigger still — so on and so forth until the hockey player is a genuine outlier. But he didn't start out an outlier. He started out just a little bit better.

Achievement is talent plus preparation.

There is no proof of "grinds" existing, people who worked harder than anyone else, yet just didn't have what it takes. The thing that distinguishes performers is how hard he or she works. The people at the top don't just work harder than everyone else. They work much, much harder.

Practice isn't the thing you do once you're good. It's the thing you do that makes you good.

Once someone has reached an IQ of somewhere around 120, having additional IQ points doesn't seem to translate to any measurable real-world advantage. A scientist with an IQ of 130 is as likely to win a Nobel Prize as one with an IQ of 180.

No one — not rock stars, not professional athletes, not software billionaires, and not even geniuses — ever makes it alone.

“Hard work is a prison sentence only if it does not have meaning. Once it does, it becomes the kind of thing that makes you grab your wife around the waist and dance a jig.”

"No one who can rise before dawn three hundred sixty days a year fails to make his family rich."

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