Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell - Introduction
In Outliers, Gladwell examines the factors that contribute to high levels of success. To support
his thesis, he examines why the majority of Canadian ice hockey players are born in the first few
months of the calendar year, how Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates achieved his extreme wealth,
how The Beatles became one of the most successful musical acts in human history, how
Joseph Flom built Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom into one of the most successful law
firms in the world, how cultural differences play a large part in perceived intelligence and rational
decision making, and how two people with exceptional intelligence, Christopher Langan and J.
Robert Oppenheimer, end up with such vastly different fortunes. Throughout the publication,
Gladwell repeatedly mentions the "10,000-Hour Rule", claiming that the key to achieving
world-class expertise in any skill, is, to a large extent, a matter of practicing the correct
way, for a total of around 10,000 hours, though the authors of the original study this was
based on have disputed Gladwell's usage.
The publication debuted at number one on the bestseller lists for The New York Times and The
Globe and Mail, holding the position on the former for eleven consecutive weeks.
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