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Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers

by Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers

Malcolm Gladwell

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Outliers explains why the 'self-made man' is a myth, and that lucky events, rare opportunities, and other external factors out of our control are what truly lies behind the success of the best people in their field.

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Outliers

by Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers

Malcolm Gladwell

Overview

This book is where the 10,000 hour rule comes from. Malcolm Gladwell's 10,000 hour rule states that to become world-class at anything, you have to put in 10,000 hours of practice. For those who don't fancy the math, this equals about five years of uninterrupted 40-hour workweeks worth of practice. In reality, it's often closer to ten years.

Because of this, you'd expect that Outliers might be about deliberate practice - how success is in our own hands, if we work hard enough. But boy, you'd be wrong. The book argues the exact opposite.

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Malcolm Gladwell

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