- House of Book: Outliers

Saturday, May 16, 2009



Title: Outliers
Author: Malcolm Gladwell
Publisher: Gramedia Pustaka Utama

Usually stories about very successful people stressed the intellect and ambition factor. In the book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell points out that the story of unmitigated success is completely different to what we normally see, and that if we want to understand how the struggle of the people, we should spend some more time to observe what is around them - such as their family, place of birth, or even their date of birth.

The story behind the success was far more complex and far-more interesting-rather than in the visible surface.

Outliers explains what equality between Beatles and Bill Gates, extraordinary success of Asian nations in the field of mathematics, earned profits hidden of stars sports, why all New York lawyers have the same life history, and the reason why the genius is not always successful --- all related to the generation, family, cultural, and social class.

According to Gladwell, it is very important how your year of birth if you want to become a Silicon Valley miliarder and it is very important where you are born if you want to become a successful pilot. The outlier-life people who achieve success outside the normal range, the logic is strange and unexpected.

Success is essentially about the opportunity and cultural heritage.


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