25 May 2009

Outliers ~ Malcolm Gladwell's Survey of Success

A good friend loaned me his copy of Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers and suggested I should read it. Interesting stuff. Recommended. Basically Gladwell documents how success is not only a function of ability but substantially also of timing and circumstance. In addition to Nature and Nurture, we need to account for eNvironment or coNtext. His concluding bottom line:
"To build a better world we need to replace the patchwork of lucky breaks and arbitrary advantages that today determine success -- the fortunate birth dates and the happy accidents of history -- with a society that provides opportunities for all."
See here one of many interviews with and talks by Gladwell...

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