Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Outliers – Book Review

Based on the recommendations of the various bloggers I follow, I decided to read “Outliers”. Man! I was impressed. Though the book does not open up your mind in a big way, a few key points that the book brings out will change the way you assess a person.

Key Points:

  • It showed me that Personal Success depends hugely on being at the right place and at the right time. [For e.g. Entrepreneurs from IIM – A – 1989 Batch is hugely higher than other batches, All the Tech Entrepreneurs belong to the same age group, etc.. ]
  • It deciphers with statistics that Personal Success depends on growing up in the right family, right school, etc..  Though I.Q. Levels make a difference for your first job. Afterwards, it is the other factors – Growing up in the right family, right school, etc. that leads to Success in your domain.
  • It is essential to put in 10,000 Hours of Practice to really become great. (i.e. Sachin become great only after putting in 10,000 Hours of Batting Practice, Tiger Woods, became great only after putting in those hours, Beattles became great only after practicing for 10,000 Hours)

Just for Bringing out these points, I believe that the book is worth the money I paid.


workhard said...

Hi, your right, one needs lots and lots and lots and lots of practice , and to some extent a little bit of luck too.

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