A Statistical Observation Markedly Different

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

There is a puzzle in this book. I could not solve it. Supposedly, most people cannot, but there are men and women in this world who have astronomical Intelligence Quotients and who would have almost no trouble tackling it. And many of them are clerks or grocery baggers for the remainder of their lives. Out of choice!

Many who cannot solve that puzzle go on to win the Nobel Prize.

There is a small, Italian town in Pennsylvania, the city of Roseto, where people die of old age, and nothing else; so says a study conducted in the 1950s — well before the modernization of cholesterol lowering medication. Roseto’s inhabitants didn’t eat healthy. They weren’t thin.

In Roseto, “There was no suicide, no alcoholism, no drug addiction, and very little crime. They didn’t have anyone on welfare. Then we looked up peptic ulcers. They didn’t have any of those either.”

How did Bill Gates do what Bill Gates did? How did the Beatles do what the Beatles did?

Malcolm Gladwell covers all of these unique, individual concepts in phenomenal detail in this Story of Success; purchasing the paperback for 16.99 US dollars is worth just one chapter, and I’ll let you in on it with a little hint: Korean Air.

Outliers covers more than you ever thought to know about why and how certain people become who they become. I can nearly promise that this book is as, if not more than, intriguing as anything else you have read in the past five years. And let’s be honest, when we really strip away all the bustle and dust, and when the singularities of our beloved genres abate, what else do we truly seek in bound text but intrigue?

However, if I may possess a lone grievance, it became evident to me that Gladwell had no intention of attributing timeliness and opportunity to that of a higher power, a glaring neglect in any case.

Nonetheless, the scales shifted in favor of concurrence. Gladwell’s research in The Trouble with Geniuses, in particular, concludes that intelligence does not equal success, further bolstering my belief that intelligence is relative, and a smart man is not created by an education.

The book is smart, it’s brilliant, and it will not be the last Malcolm Gladwell book read by Yours Truly. If you care to be entertained, read it.

Grow Your Mind, Keep Your Mind, Read A Book!

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