Book Review: Outliers, the Story of Success

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  • Tuesday, February 19, 2013
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  • Jennifer C. Jimenez
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  • I have always heard that Malcolm Gladwell is a terrific author, but it wasn’t until a classmate in the marketing boot camp mentioned this book that I decided to read this book. Her question is about whether success is really brought about by pure determination, or as based from “Outliers”, from those tiny slivers of chance that brought about success.

    After reading a few chapters, I thanked her for mentioning the book in the training. It is a brave masterpiece, one that shatters deep-seated beliefs about people’s success. Here are some nuggets of helpful knowledge that I gained from reading the whole book of “Outliers, the Story of Success”:
    • A few months can give tremendous advantage to a child who’s schooling during his or her formative years. And this has been due to the system of enrolment in today’s educational institutions.
    • Supportive parents, special programs, accessibility of training facilities and the inflection point of progress transformation—all these extraordinary opportunities help to accumulate 10,000 hours, which is the general amount of time needed to turn anyone into a world-class expert.

    • No one can be successful on his own. Others who were not successful did not have lesser mental abilities. They just did not have the help they needed to succeed—from the parents who give premium value to education, to a community that promoted personal and professional growth.

    If you haven’t read the book before, you are probably reading the three points above in disbelief. But Malcolm Gladwell’s astounding research and clear data are hard to dispute.

    I highly recommend this book to the government officials who dream to improve the country’s education system, the teachers, instructors and coaches who want to turn their students into a huge success, the parents who want nothing but the best for their kids, and the professionals who aim to inspire others.

    From time to time, reading books created by social experts makes me value the common grounds that unite us humans. It compels us to rethink our ordinary notion of things and to reflect at our new-found insights. This one is definitely a must-read, for all the thought leaders and think tanks of every kind of institutions.