Book Club: Gladwell, M. (2008). Outliers: The Story of Success. Hachette UK. [sample here]
It’s More Than Just Talent
Outliers are “people who are invariably the beneficiaries of hidden advantages and extraordinary opportunities and cultural legacies that allow them to learn and work hard and make sense of the world in ways others cannot” (Gladwell, 2008).
Contributors To Success
- Practice makes perfect- the 10,000 hours practice rule (Deliberate Practice).
- The importance of cut off points in the calendar year in sport and schooling, related to age, development and subsequent opportunities.
- Opportunity: the right time and place, what is happening to the wider world at the time of the person’s key development stages.
- The impact of legacy.
- Examples provided of the success stories of Bill Joy, Bill Gates & The Beatles.
- IQ is not enough. The Terman IQ study of the gifted demonstrates that intelligence does not equal success (Terman, 1959).
Malcolm Gladwell Explains
Gladwell, M. (2008). Outliers: The story of success. Hachette UK. [sample here]
Kaufman, S. (2009). The Truth about the Termites. Psychology Today.
Nursing Education Network. (2017). Deliberate Practice: Practice like you play.
Terman, L. (1959). The Gifted Group at Mid-Life: Thirty-five Years Follow-up of the Superior Child. Stanford University Press.
Wikipedia (2017) Outliers.