#EmptyShelf Challenge Book #3
Title: Outliers: The Story of Success
Author: Malcolm Gladwell
Why did I read it: Over the past few months, I’ve read four or five books (including the last one) that has referenced or at least mentioned this book. With that many people talking about it, surely it was worth reading.
What’s it about: Gladwell sets out to figure out how/why people become successful. His research determined that it’s not luck, but generally a series of events that lead to a person’s success, and not necessarily events that the person can control.
Favorite part: One of the chapters discusses successful hockey players. Gladwell discovered that most hockey players that become professionals are generally born within the same time frame, i.e. most of them are born within the first 3 months of the year. This allows the kids to be generally bigger than the other kids in the age group, which in turns provides more opportunities for them to practice and become better athletes. This occurrence repeats every year until the teen is ready for the big leagues.
Where can you buy it? Right here.