Anyway, this book is filled with stories like this, making the point that when it seems like someone is a unique and even a prodigy, it usually is because of way more factors than just they worked hard and they are smart. From Mozart to Bill Gates and even geniuses who never made a mark on society. To airplane copilots who rather than speak up about a problem, lead the plane directly into a mountain.
To the fact that there really isn't a magical type of person who becomes great, but someone who can put in the right amount of practice to do so 10, hours to be exact. But then again, you have to be blessed with the ability to have those hours of practice rather than being forced to survival. His main point is that societies and culture and even timing like birth make up a lot of who people are and why they become "outliers. A good portion of the richest people throughout history were born within 9 years of each other, just in time to take advantage of the industrial revolution.
This is an extremely eye-opening book that comes highly recommended. I couldn't stop thinking about it or talking about it and I already have another of his books, Blink, ready in the queue. The only criticism I can make is that as with most arguments, those that aren't as advantageous to his claims are left in the background a bit.
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He says that the timing of birth is a factor and I certainly think so, but it's also because of one or two of those people born that the next big shift in society happens and I don't think that can be ruled out. However, that's not even mentioned. Anyway, it got me thinking and you can too! The audiobook is read by the author and he reads his own words well.
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Jan 19, Claudia rated it really liked it Recommends it for: all non-fiction fans. Shelves: nonfiction. Gladwell looks closely at success, and those who seem to have waltzed into incredible success Canadian hockey players, who just happened to have been born in the right month of the year; Bill Gates, who just happened to go to a school where the PTA moms bought a "Outliers" those wildly successful people, for whom 'normal rules don't apply.
Canadian hockey players, who just happened to have been born in the right month of the year; Bill Gates, who just happened to go to a school where the PTA moms bought a new-fangled computer system. Mozart, who didn't hit his stride until ten years after he began composing Their sound was born of the 10, hours of performing in Hamburg -- more than other groups could amass in years of playing. Success is timing, and hard work It's luck -- having the right family, having the right opportunities -- Gladwell's description: "a combination of ability, opportunity, and utterly arbitrary advantage We go with him anywhere When Bill Gates admits he was very lucky, Gladwell hammers home that point.
But to me, the , hour rule is what I'll take with me. Do you want to be the best? Put in the effort! Talent and opportunity can help, but success is hard work. Oct 01, Michael Perkins rated it it was ok.
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The term I've coined for books such as these is "the illusion of erudition. In a paper in the British Jou The term I've coined for books such as these is "the illusion of erudition.
In a paper in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, the lead author of the original study about the practice time of elite violinists, K. Ericsson himself never used the number 10, or the term "rule.
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Ericsson extended his study to sports. Author David Espstein reports on the results next four paragraphs In fact, in absolutely every single study of sports expertise, there is a tremendous range of hours of practice logged by athletes who reach the same level, and very rarely do elite performers log 10, hours of sport-specific practice prior to reaching the top competitive plane, often competing in a number of other sports— and acquiring a range of other athletic skills— before zeroing in on one.
Studies of athletes have tended to find that the top competitors require far less than 10, hours of deliberate practice to reach elite status. According to the scientific literature, the average sport-specific practice hours to reach the international levels in basketball, field hockey, and wrestling are closer to 2,, 4,, and 6,, respectively. In a sample of Australian women competing in netball sort of like basketball but without dribbling or backboards , arguably the best player in the world at the time, Vicki Wilson, had compiled only hours of practice when she made the national team.
Even in this age of hyperspecialization in sports, some rare individuals become world-class athletes, and even world champions, in sports from running to rowing with less than a year or two of training. As with studies of chess players, in all sports and skills, the only real rule is that there is a tremendous natural range. I've coached enough youth sports to know there needs to be some base talent to build on for a young person to excel. I've also seen many year olds who were stars at that age, but who faded by age 16, no matter how many hours they put in.
At the gym one day, I ran into a varsity high school football coach, whose team had just won the California state championship. I asked him about "the 10, rule. And uses anecdotes that supposedly prove his points.
I saw a couple of minutes of the most famous such preacher in the U. He began with: "God is faithful. That promotion you've been waiting for: it's just around the corner. That lifetime soulmate you've always been looking for is on the way to you right now. The bonus money you need to take a vacation: you'll get that check by Christmas.
And throw in a couple of contemporary anecdotes. The dark side is that you get blamed. Somehow you've incurred God's displeasure. So you got cut from the team? It must be because you only put in 9, hours of practice instead of 10, In spite of his success, Agassi hated tennis and still does. And he continues to pay the physical price. Nothing like vicarious glory.
Thanks, dad. Michael Perkins His books are like mental ice cream that go down easy. He's a propagandist who understands how lazy people are, but who want to think of themselves as His books are like mental ice cream that go down easy. He's a propagandist who understands how lazy people are, but who want to think of themselves as erudite. Unfortunately, some of his concepts can lead to trouble as in the starry-eyed parents trying to beat astronomical odds in trying to make their kids into pro athletes.
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Unfortunately, some of his concepts I don't know about Malcolm Gladwell. I've read 3 of his books. All of them fine, but nothing special. All of them fairly superficial with nothing original or innovative. I think his books are very pop culture and should be read in the time frame say within a year that they are published.
Too long after that and they become stale, not prolific or prescient. Gladwell is a very good and interesting writer, but I don't think his books have much depth or staying power. Almost 3.
Jan 12, Siddharth rated it really liked it. He shook his head sadly. I'd have made a champion swimmer His voice trailed off. What the hell am I supposed to do about it now? The only thing I have hours practice is of scrunching my nose when my wife farts. And even that is more due to habit now. You get used to the smell pretty quickly. She loves them too much. If I had been, I would not have just stood there and nodded meekly when my boss told me that I was the love child of a donkey and a pigeon.
I would have given him one - right in the kisser. Right in the kisser, I tell you boy. Would have run the prison library and made it famous, like that guy in Shawshank. Life dealt me the wrong hand. I wouldn't have felt sad at my failures. I would have regarded them as inevitable. I would have waved the book at everyone who looked at me as a loser. I would have Blake, why couldn't you have bought the book 35 years ago when it came out? This wasn't fair.
He shook his head and sighed prodigiously.