There’s a load of great anecdotes in OUTLIERS. The kind to make me nudge Mrs Jameson in the ribs and tell her about them in great detail. But as much as I enjoyed reading the book – and the detail of the various stories within it – I’m not sure it really added up to much.
The thesis is that basically it takes a village. That people who become successful require a large amount of luck as well as innate skill.
And as interesting as all the examples are, I can’t help wondering, is that really news?
Yes, hard work and ability can lead to success, but a person needs the right timing as well, he and she needs to come from a background which gives them the right tools and the right support.
Honestly, there’s really not much more to the argument than that. And as a result, the book does feel like a lot of interesting anecdotes strung together in an interesting fashion, yet somehow being less than the sum of their parts.
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