Thursday, February 25, 2010
Recently, I have read a book is called “OUTLIERS” written by Malcolm Gladwell.
According to dictionary outliers means “something that is situated away from or classed differently a main or related body” and “a stastical observation that is markedly different in value from the others of the sample.”
An outlier is a truly exceptional individual who, in his or her field of expertise, is so superior that he defines his own category of success. Nor is success simply the sum of the decisions and efforts we make on our own behalf. It is, rather a gift. Outliers are those who have been given opportunities and who have had the strength and presence of mind to seize them.
Outliers are divided into two principle parts. In part one, entitled “opportunity,” Gladwell attempts to debuck several notions, that geniuses are born not made, that individuals succeed largely through their own initiative, and that pluck trumps luck in explaining life outcomes. In part two, called “legacy,” he tries to show how important history and culture are in impending success of one kind or another.
He explained the ingredients of success such as passion, talent and hard work. If, we have inherent talent, that is not enough to achieve what we want. Achievements come talent plus preparation. He explained that how date of birth played an important role in hockey and soccer players. I thought that only misunderstood or intelligent deficiency children will face problems in there life, but very clearly he made a point that how Bill
Joy faced problems in his personal and professional life.
According to him, if, we want to be specialized in area we have to work or practice more than 10,000 hours. All outliers had a strong longing and commitment to achieve something in their life. I feel that, he covered achievers from all the areas such as sports, flying, software, education, research, agriculture, children feelings, teacher and student relationship, murders etc.
According to him success means persistence and doggedness and willing to work hard at any cost of time. According to him outliers are different they looked at an adversity as an opportunity and they enjoyed in their work. They never waited for an opportunity when they wanted to do something they created the opportunities by themselves. They believed that everyone can not do everything but everyone can do something”.
Really, I enjoyed the book while reading. It gives an appropriate basement for our dreams to grow up and stand firmly in the society.