Books were my first friends.
Break times consisted of a quiet corner of the library, and whatever book I had burrowed my nose in. After school consisted of excuses… I couldn’t exactly come out with ‘I’d rather be alone with my book, thank you.’
I love reading.
There are some books that really get you. They speak into your soul as if they were written for you. “Gladwell has the ability to make his readers feel like they are geniuses, rather than that he is.” That is perhaps half true.
After reading this book you’ll feel that Malcolm Gladwell is a genius, but also that you have the potential to be, too.
If you don’t know what I’m talking about yet you’d better type http://www.amazon.co.uk into that little box up there and order Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell.
With an usual gift for making the complicated seem simple, and obvious, Malcolm Gladwell takes his readers on a journey on what makes us special. Exploring factors that may seem like coincidences (until you begin frantically turning the pages of his book,) he looks into successful people such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mozart, and the random down the road who has made it big… and highlights all the similarities, and pivotal differences in their cases.
Without giving away all the intricacies and examples Gladwell gives, his main arguments are that success comes from a combination of intelligence, luck, cultural context and hard work. Now you may think you already knew that… but after reading the book, you’ll enter a whole new realm of understanding.
“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.”
Seize the book.