Sunday, January 18, 2009
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
This is my first Malcolm Gladwell book,Outliers: The Story of Success, and I can definitely say, that it will not be my last. In sticking with my idea to listen to nonfiction, this book was first on my list. We (my husband, daughter, and I) listened to this book during our holiday travels. It held all of us captive.
The book looks at why some people succeed, living remarkable lives, while others never reach their potential. We've all been told, with lots of hard work, you will be successful. Gladwell feels that while hard work is important, what is also important are extraordinary opportunities and advantages that present themselves at the right time and the right place to the right person. It's fascinating. He covers everything from Canadian junior hockey players, to Bill Gates, to The Beatles. This is not a self-help book, it's more, here is what I found, what do you think of it?
This book was so good, that I promptly went around telling everyone I knew to read it, so that I could have other people to discuss it with. I was really interested in the stories that related to education. It also raises the question as to why, even though my husband was born in the banner year for computer billionaires, we are living in Soddy Daisy, TN and I'm a middle school special ed teacher. I think I was supposed to have been a billionaires wife.
Thanks to Rachel and Angie's Sister for showing me how to create those stars!! Even though, the idea of taking any computer advice from someone who shares Angie's gene pool is kind of scary.