Where Business Collides with Human Nature

Outliers - the Story of Success and the 10000 Hour Rule

You’ve heard about the 10,000 hour rule (it was made famous by Malcolm Gladwell in Outliers - the Story of Success. K. Anders Ericsson discovered that elite music performers—more specifically classical violinists—all had one thing in common and it was at least 10,000 hours of practice before becoming a professional.

Malcom Gladwell's book focuses on success and the hard work, social context and cultural background which explains why some people excel and others don’t.

Gladwell tries to show how individual fame and fortune is "grounded in a web of advantages and inheritances".  He argues that "no one – not rock stars, not professional athletes, not software billionaires, and not even geniuses – ever makes it alone".  (Not even the entrepreneur.)

From the book:

"Outliers are those who have been given opportunities," he repeats, "and who have had the strength and presence of mind to seize them".

Certainly if nothing else, Outliers - the Story of Success will provoke thought and push your buttons in such a way to challange your status quo. 

  1. Do you believe you have opportunities each week and fail to have the strength or presence to seize them?
  2. Do you believe success will only happen based on your own hard work, sweat and blood?
  3. Do you believe success is based on your own hard work and DIY (do-it-yourself) efforts can create independent wealth?
  4. Will 10,000 hours make you an expert to such an extent that the world will rush to your door?

As you read the book Outliers - the Story of Success, what stands out as truth?  Or is it just another book?

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