Gladwell’s Outliers is Very Engaging

Wow! This is a fun book. It even starts out with my home team Giants beating the Tigers in the Memorial Cup! That was a great game.

It definitely hits on many items that parents are thinking about these days. Like how much do birthdates really matter? If you’re a hockey parent like me, then you already know that it seems to matter a lot. Lotsa people ask “Why is greater than 80% of the Major Junior’s Bantam Draft made up of kids born in Jan, Feb, and March?” This then leads to the bigger question — Is this birthday advantage ‘gonna’ be the same everywhere? Like in soccer, school, etc.

The section on “effort” — 10,000 hours — is very interesting. The Bill Joy and Bill Gates stories are fascinating. It also reminds me of my first programming class in highschool. We had one of those time-sharing machines, but in my year we got the Apple II. It was so cool. There were definitely guys who lived in that room. Unfortunately they were a few years late. With respect to the effort required. It lines up very strongly with some recent reading I’ve done by Carol Dweck who says “effort is king”.

The section on IQ and it’s limitations as a measure of forecasting success is very interesting. The commentary on the learning styles of affluent vs non-affluent families is not pretty.

I’ve still got the last half to go, but I couldn’t wait to recommend this.

As usual I’m listening to the version available on Audible. It is read by Gladwell and that isn’t a problem. Highly recommended.



2 Replies to “Gladwell’s Outliers is Very Engaging”

  1. It’s a philosophy embedded in the Western mind-set, a theory essential to the American dream. Popular culture and history books have long stressed the importance of individual initiative and inherent skill in achieving success. Indeed,

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