Why do some people succeed far more than others? There is a story that is usually told about extremely successful people, a story that focuses on intelligence and ambition.
In Outliers Malcolm Gladwell argues that the true story of success is very different, and that if we want to understand
how some people thrive, we should spend more time looking around them — at such things as their family, their birthplace, or even their birthdate.
The story of success is more complex and a lot more interesting than it initially appears. Outliers explain what the Beatles and BillGates have in common, the extraordinary success of Asians at math, the hidden advantages of star athletes, why all top New York lawyers have the same résumé and the reason you’ve never heard 0f the world’s smartest man — all in terms of generation, family, culture, and class. It matters what year you were born if you want to be a Silicon Valley billionaire,
Gladwell argues, and it matters where you were born if you want to be a successful pilot. The lives of outliers those people whose achievements fall outside normal experience — follow a peculiar and unexpected logic, and in making that logic plain Gladwell presents a fascinating and provocative blueprint for making the most of human potential.