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Outliers

Malcolm Gladwell

5 mins

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Outliers debunks the 'self-made man' myth and dives deep into the events and opportunities that often propel the success of the best people in their field.

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Outliers

Outliers

by Malcolm Gladwell

Overview

What is it that makes excellence? Is it something that can be practiced, or some imitable natural gift? Malcolm Gladwell is a bestselling author, former staff writer for the New Yorker, and public speaker. In Outliers, Gladwell explores the secrets lying behind the success of world leaders, athletes, and record-breakers in all fields. He outlines the 10 000-hour rule that stipulates this amount of time is the minimum needed to truly master a subject or task. Gladwell doesn't turn a blind eye to the structures of privilege and inheritance that spur the success of many — for him, where we're from always plays a role in the direction that our life takes.

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Who we are cannot be separated from where we're from.

- Malcolm Gladwell

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