Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Outliers

I pretty much read more than the intended reading list for the first half of 2009. Managed to finish Collapse, Cuckold, Kargil, Hot, Flat and Crowded and Outliers...

Out of all these, as the title suggests, Outliers by Malcolm Gladwellheld me in thrall. I read many reviews of the book, but it was not a book that was universally appreciated, but as someone (Tyler Cowen?) pointed out, if this book had been written by anyone other than Malcolm Gladwell, it would have won rave reviews.

But coming back to what I loved about the book. I loved the 10,000 hour rule - which is the time that it takes for anyone to master anything. Now, that's important - assuming you get the opportunity. If you practice your craft without improvement, you are a dead duck, but assuming you toil at your craft (or art or science), at the end of 10,000 hours, you are an expert.

I loved some (most? All?) of the examples. Each one of them make you think.

And for parents, it has some amazing fundaes.

I loved its definition of work - For work to be meaningful, it has to have a clear link between effort and rewards, sufficiently complex and autonomous.

Downsides, well, you may delude yourself and believe that the world is against you if you read it. But that's not true, it is? There IS opportunity everywhere. Even in these days and the only question you have to ask yourself is, what are you doing to be part of it.

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