Book Review: OUTLIERS (Malcolm Gladwell)

Outlier (noun) 1. Something that is situated away from or classed differently from a main or related body.   2. A statistical observation that is markedly different in value from the others of the sample.

The title is thought-provoking. I also like the simplicity of the cover design, which effectively and immediately gives you an idea what an outlier is.

This book explains well why some people stand out from the rest, or why some people are successful or unsuccessful. This book also sheds light on the mystery why some people seems to be unsuccessful despite possessing a very high IQ. Gladwell did not exactly explain his definition of success, but it can be inferred that he basically meant success is reaching one’s full potential, thus, becoming an impact on the world we live in. He aptly explains what makes people, like Bill Gates, successful. He also explained why most Asians are good in math. Challenging conventional thinking, Gladwell emphasized that success is not a result of any single factor nor is it something that could suddenly appear overnight like a mushroom. Success is much more complicated than ambition, self-made men, or mere meritocracy. Reading the book will give you a better understanding of what I’m saying here.

I love this book. From The Roseto Mystery to the Matthew Effect, I was hooked and could not stop reading until I got to the end! I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested enough. 🙂


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