OUTLIERS – The Story of Success

OUTLIERS – The Story of Success


http://www.gladwell.com/outliers/index.html

RATING: 9.2 out of 10

OVERVIEW: Astonishing insights to explain the reasons for successes that occur from phenomena outside our everyday understanding

Malcolm Gladwell, he is the man!  I would recommend you read anything that Malcolm Gladwell writes.  He is humble, objective, insightful, inquisitive, and brilliant.  He can take a concept that seems so trivial and turn it into an ah-ha moment.  His brilliance is proven in the fact that he can turn complex concepts into simple non-forgettable case studies.

Random facts are fascinating to me.  I may not know the everyday common knowledge, but if you ask me what Michael Jordan’s scoring average for his career or where WD-40 got its name, I will more often than not have an answer for you.  (FYI: WD-40 stands for ‘Water Displacement’ test 40)  Though my random knowledge is often not beneficial, Outliers is very relevant.

Learn why the best Hockey Players birthdays are very likely to be in January and February.  Learn why the Chinese are typically perform better at Math, even though on average they’re not genetically smarter than any other race.  Learn why Bill Gates and Steve Jobs would not be among the richest men in the world had they not been born in 1955.  Learn why it takes 10,000 hours to be an expert at something.

Thank you Malcolm Gladwell for sharing your book Outliers to the public.  You can also read his other great books: The Tipping Point, Blink, and What the Dog Saw.  Enjoy, I know I have.

MY NOTES:

Canadian Hockey kids who are born before April have a higher likelihood to become a professional
•    Hockey cut offs are on April 1st in Canada.  Being several months older than a peer when you’re 8-10 years old can represent 5%-10% more time to become physically more mature
•    That difference in size, muscle, and brain development can be significant at that age.
•    When you make the team because you’re older and made the hockey deadline it means that you’ll get professional coaching.  Thus resulting in polarizing talent, the coached get better while the non-coached do not.
•    Hence the reason why if you’re born in January or February you have the best chance to succeed in hockey.  You’re not always more physically gifted by the time you’re an adult, but you started with coaching so you get on a fast track that others can never catch up to.

The same concept for Hockey applies to Baseball; except for August is the month to be born
•    The cutoff for baseball is July 31st
•    The timing of your birth in sports is an incredible boost to the start of your athletic career

“You don’t have to be a genius, just smart enough”
•    A basketball player in many cases, only need to be tall enough
•    Geniuses have no strong correlation to business or life success.  YEA!!!  That means we all have a chance.
•    It takes more than genius to lead or make an idea work.
•    There are two types of smarts: FORMAL and/or SOCIAL.  It is proven that social is the smarts that will make you more money and get you further.

Asians on average perform better at math than Americans, but they’re not naturally smarter
•    I’ve been the victim of the incredibly smart Asian kid that ruined the grading curve in College
•    The average American can hold about 7 numbers in memory when quickly asked to memorize them.  Asians can hold 10 numbers in memory.
•    Asian children can count to 40 one year faster than Americans
•    This is a result of their language being structured more efficient to calculate math.  For more details read the book, it’s very fascinating
•    The fact that major Asian languages require less time to say a number and due to the fact the structure of the language is more suitable to add numbers, Asians have an advantage over Americans in mathematics.

“The lazy man freezes to death”
•    You don’t live to work, you work to live

Summer school is proven to improve performance in school
•    Students “unlearn” up to 25%-50% of their learning during the summer
•    Asian students study year round so they spend less time relearning old material
•    I’m putting my kids in summer school programs

Outliers are ordinary people who took advantage of opportunity
•    The opportunity could be time of birth, languages, culture and much more
•    Take advantage of the opportunities you have and create opportunities for those you don’t currently have

13 thoughts on “OUTLIERS – The Story of Success

  1. Lora

    Hey Rex! I’M LOVING THIS BLOG!!!! We’re two for two so far—we must have similar tastes in books. I haven’t actually read Outliers but I loved The Tipping Point. I’ve wondered about the others…you’ve intrigued me. So many books, so little time.I “followed” the rexposterous link, do I need to change it to this one?

  2. Anonymous

    Hey Rex! I’M LOVING THIS BLOG!!!! We’re two for two so far—we must have similar tastes in books. I haven’t actually read Outliers but I loved The Tipping Point. I’ve wondered about the others…you’ve intrigued me. So many books, so little time.

    I “followed” the rexposterous link, do I need to change it to this one?

  3. Lora

    p.s. I’ll NEVER be able to keep up with all of your reading. I’m SUCH a SLOW reader and have yet to get through an audio book. It will be great to beef up my must-read list, though.

  4. Anonymous

    p.s. I’ll NEVER be able to keep up with all of your reading. I’m SUCH a SLOW reader and have yet to get through an audio book. It will be great to beef up my must-read list, though.

  5. Rex Galbraith

    Lora. I won’t do a review every few days, more like 1 every week or so. My hope is also that other will followu format to write a review and I can post it on the blog. How do you feel about having a larger selection of book reviews from a group of people?

  6. Dale Pedroche

    Rex…I see that my little cousin who I used to push around in a stroller is all grown up! (you were too young to remember) Just like you I’ve rediscovered the joys of reading once again…it’s been a year now that I’ve taken the metro train to work and it gives me 2 hours round trip to devour some great books. Indeed, Malcolm Gladwell has very interesting perspective on some seemingly mundane social phenomena. Some are more useful than others depending on what stage you are in your life’s path. I’ve read all his books and Tipping Point helped me in my business in a down economy…Blink also confirmed some past hunches! I have a list of some books I recommend on my Facebook and Notes section. These days, non-fiction has been my choice…don’t get me wrong, i love literature but I read so much of it in high school and college years that I tend to gravitate towards non-fiction…i’ve recently read history books and biographies of “accomplished people” and have a few preferred authors. Keep it up! Reading keeps the brain sharp and keen!

  7. Anonymous

    Rex…I see that my little cousin who I used to push around in a stroller is all grown up! (you were too young to remember) Just like you I’ve rediscovered the joys of reading once again…it’s been a year now that I’ve taken the metro train to work and it gives me 2 hours round trip to devour some great books. Indeed, Malcolm Gladwell has very interesting perspective on some seemingly mundane social phenomena. Some are more useful than others depending on what stage you are in your life’s path. I’ve read all his books and Tipping Point helped me in my business in a down economy…Blink also confirmed some past hunches! I have a list of some books I recommend on my Facebook and Notes section. These days, non-fiction has been my choice…don’t get me wrong, i love literature but I read so much of it in high school and college years that I tend to gravitate towards non-fiction…i’ve recently read history books and biographies of “accomplished people” and have a few preferred authors.

    Keep it up! Reading keeps the brain sharp and keen!

  8. Rex Galbraith

    Dale thanks for your great feedback. Most people don’t enjoy a commute but you and I look forward to it.I owe a lot to our BELOVED IMA for inspiring me to read. There are few loftier goals for me than to be at the same stature as Ima. I miss her frequently but I remember her always.

  9. Dale

    Indeed Indang “Tits” as we fondly addressed her was an inspiration to us all! Love her too…she took care of me when I was at the Y….her pinoy cooking kept me alive for 3 years! yes, you are lucky to have had such a grandma.

  10. Anonymous

    Indeed Indang “Tits” as we fondly addressed her was an inspiration to us all! Love her too…she took care of me when I was at the Y….her pinoy cooking kept me alive for 3 years! yes, you are lucky to have had such a grandma.

  11. Anonymous

    I have always been a huge Michael Jordan and I have to say that most of the so called starts today, don’t even deserved to be compared with him.

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