Summary: This book looks at famous successes and tries to see if there are hidden advantages. For instance Canadian professional hockey players are most likely to have been born in the first three months of the year because during pee wee tryouts as children those kids have a size and coordination advantage. Once chosen for pee wee teams the kids get coaching and practice.
My Rating: 4/5
Outliers is a book that I think everyone should read. It is fascinating to see how supposed overnight successes actually have amazing opportunities that happened to them, sometimes generations back, that set them up for the massive successes they have. One example of this that the book talks about is the Beatles getting a chance to play at Hamburg where they were required to put in VERY long hours playing which gave them time to perfect their art and be amazing.
Gladwell looks at various factors such as family history, culture, and “lucky breaks” that put people in just the right position to be amazing.
This book certainly makes one more compassionate for the people who are struggling with their successes even though the self made man is highly valued in the United States.
I loved this book. Outliers would have been a 5/5 for me except that in some places it got too drawn out and a bit repetitive. The book could have been a tad bit shorter and still gotten its important message across equally well.