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.
Fancy reading my new novella, DEATH AT THE SEASIDE. before anyone else? Advance review copies are available here.