Author(s): Malcolm GladwellDownload
Publish: Published November 18th 2008 by Little, Brown and Company (first published 2008)
ISBN: ISBN 0316017922 (ISBN13: 9780316017923)
In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of “outliers”–the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?
His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band.
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As with so many compendia of recent research, the data is shoe-horned into a general thesis which probably grossly over-simplifies the facts of the matter.
I have been calling people off the streets to have them listen to the CD version. The book brings out the fascist in me because I wish I could have everyone on the planet read it. Now, today. Why?
First, Gladwell takes on the most pernicious, Mobey Dick of a myth: that genius belongs to and emerges from the individual.
Here in Mexico people who work too much are classified as nerds/antisocial/weirdos/ you name it.