On Writer Wednesday, I discuss another author and his or her book. Those of you that are familiar with Writer Wednesday know that I read widely. This particular selection came from my husband’s bookshelf. Married bookshelves = even greater reading variety!
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell is a number one international bestseller and for good reason. I love explanations for why things are as they are and that is precisely what Gladwell has done in this book. He uncovers why certain people are particularly good at certain things, why certain years are best for people of certain industries to be born in and why things which are extraordinary or “the best” are.
If you read this book, you’ll be able to answer some of these questions…
1) What does the garment industry have to do with successful Jewish doctors and lawyers?
2) What do rice paddies have to do with strong skills for many Asian students in math?
3) What does the casual or more formal nature of speech have to do with aviation disasters?
4) Why did Bill Gates rise to such heights in the computer world?
5) What do birthdays have to do with hockey success?
6) Is there really such a thing as a “self-made” man or woman?
Have I whet your appetite for answers?
If so, dive right in. Take a chance. At its heart, this book is about opportunities that arise. Opportunities can only come about if one is willing to take a chance though. I encourage you to be willing to try for your dreams and when you look down, you might just realize that you’re soaring.
Have you read Outliers? What did you think?
My best to you all,