Outliers Review: Malcolm Gladwell

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The recommendation for this week is Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers. This book is a must-read for anyone that believes in a dream. Stay for some great Malcolm Gladwell Quotes.


“An Outlier is a scientific term used to describe the phenomenon of those who fall outside of our everyday experience, the wildly successful and exceptional,” Gladwell, a man who specializes in capturing the overlooked, describes in an interview.


Outliers are the famous, the rich, those we exalt as examples of industry and brilliance. They are special and have earned our attention. We throw adoration at them because they seem to have accomplished things that we cannot. But what is it that has made them so? More honestly, why are we left out of the loop, though we try?


In his book, Gladwell demystifies the stories of success that you never thought to consider, even though the evidence is ever present in our everyday lives. All around us.


malcolm gladwell quotes 1“Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.” — MALCOLM GLADWELL


I find it ironically hilarious that Gladwell set off to explain that success is not a sole function of one’s effort, yet most people come away only quoting his mention of the required “10,000 hours” for the mastery of one’s craft.


Even is this masterwork, most of us choose to hold on to the least of Gladwell’s concerns. Proving that it is very difficult to break the habit in which we have been taught to observe and think. We go into the battle of our lives, our dreams, and we don’t even see our ambitions correctly.


Yes, hard work is necessary to succeed, and yes you must practice in order to be the best. But Gladwell stresses that there are more powerful forces contributing to your fate. Many of them are out of your control but still can be beneficial. It is better to know them. The book, Outliers is your great opportunity.


Every self-made man made it with a whole lot of help.


This should offer you a bit of comfort. Such is a welcome deviation from the generic self-help books that place all the pressures of success squarely on your shoulders. They tell you WHAT to do to achieve your dreams. Work hard, be consistent, you are amazing, never give up. These millions of texts all end up being the same edicts trapped within the established motivation mantras. And then they dress up all the difficulties created by the outside world as your challenge, never mentioning that the successful always have culture, circumstances or people that help lighten their burden.


malcolm gladwell quotes 2“The act of facing overwhelming odds produces greatness and beauty.” — MALCOLM GLADWELL


Brad Pitt could not have gotten to where he is, as gorgeous as he is, on his own. I know very little about the man, but after reading Outliers, I can confidently make this statement. And if you doubt this, read the book.


You read Outliers to investigate your possible fate, through an examination if its roots.


And speaking of roots, those with children will be well served by the experience of this book. Outliers can be read as the psychological learning of proper parenting.


In the last week’s recommendation, Between the world and me, the author, Ta-Nihisi Coates writes to his son. And we imagine his book is just one out many daily conversations. Coates explains to his child the black experience and the history that ought to shape his son’s future. This week, I read Outliers and wondered about Coates’ son, how well primed he is to become a success, not because of an intelligence score or a life of comfort but because his father has freed him with trust and drilled him with respect and discipline.


Coates’ son has been taught proper values, not to make excuses, to never shirk responsibility, and to be his own man. Gladwell would probably nod at the foundation laid for this young man’s future.


We all have a charge to make easier the success of others, especially our children because no one does it alone. Read Outliers, so many great talents fall by the wayside because someone else dropped the ball.


A negligent parent is enough to cancel a mind comparable to Einsteins. Not due to a lack of resources but a failure in guidance. You only have to take the example of Chris Langan, mentioned in the book. Understand that your current poverty and desperation need not be the final doom of your offsprings. Your current position has the potential of leading to the perfect future for those that come after you. Take only the life of Joe Flam.


malcolm gladwell quotes 3“The key to good decision making is not knowledge… It’s whether our work fulfils us.” — MALCOLM GLADWELL


Let your child be autonomous but also stimulate their interests. Give them options while taking seriously the things they care about as the parents of Robert Oppenheimer did.


In the debate between Nature vs. Nurture, it would seem as though we do mostly end up as products of our environment.


Gladwell says, “success arises out of the steady accumulation of advantages. When and where you were born, and what your parents did for a living, and what the circumstances of your upbringing were like, all make a significant difference on how well you do in the world.”


Malcolm Gladwell picks apart the elements that make our society what it is. He stitches up pages of old history with leaves of journalism, packing story after story into what feels like a novella of intellectual exercise. You find yourself examining your life much more.


malcolm gladwell quotes 4“Sometimes the most modest changes can bring about enormous effects.” — MALCOLM GLADWELL


Gladwell also says, “success follows a predictable course. It is not the brightest who succeed, nor is Success just the sum of the decisions and efforts we make on our behalf. It is, rather, a gift. The successful are those who have been given opportunities. And who have had the strength and presence of mind to seize them.”


Your opportunity can be as simple as being born at the right time. I came away believing everybody always has something to capitalize on. The difficulty is knowing what that thing is. If only we could have, Gladwell examines of personal lives for us.


But in that you read Gladwell and ask a deeper question is enough. He teaches to see the world differently.


I mean, here I always thought I was outperformed in class by 2nd generation Asian students in mathematics because their parents are strict. I never bought into the genetics-based argument that Asians are born with gifts. But perhaps they are.


malcolm gladwell quotes 5“The trick to finding ideas is to convince yourself that everyone and everything has a story.” — MALCOLM GLADWELL


It turns out the advantage of the Chinese may not be embedded in their DNA but rather their language. Mathematics is easier in Mandarin. You don’t have to think conceptually about fractions. You innately understand that 3/5 is not just a symbol for something to be calculated. Instead of saying ‘3/5’ they say ‘out of five parts take three.’ Much simpler. And then Gladwell explains the sort of confidence the language builds in mathematics, one that encourages curiosity and a belief that an answer can be obtained when facing a terrible problem.


What happens to the child that grows up knowing, “Hey, at least I am good at math.” She knows the patience it takes to solve problems, and this bleeds into the proper execution of every other craft she may fancy. Hence she is more likely to be successful. Never thought about that. Did you?


Hm. What other circumstances could we have missed that present us with a non-compulsory uphill battle? Gladwell lists many.


Gladwell, in his journey, follows the wonder in what we typically have dismissed as mundane and already known.


I hope that when you Outliers, you relate rice farming to your passions in life. I hope you end up believing in the maximization of your time and effort, believing in the fruits of your work. Take the Chinese proverb, “No food without blood and sweat.” Apply it. And then remember that “no one who can rise before dawn, three hundred and sixty-five days, fails to make his family rich.”


To get the most out of Gladwell I recommend that you read with the intent of questioning everything he says, juxtaposing it with your real-life experiences, not for the purpose of discrediting him but rather as an exercise of your curiosity.


malcolm gladwell quotes 6 “Outlier are those who have been given opportunities– -and who have had the strength and presence of mind to seize them.” — MALCOLM GLADWELL


It is amazing how Gladwell sets off on a challenging adventure, uncovering so many stories that teach you the ideals of success, without missing a beat.


Persist and experiment if you don’t feel like a natural. Never give up on your curiosity. Your attitude, a willingness to try and work hard really is the key. I found this message story of Renee.



Alex Williams story should impress on you just how important it is to occupy your child’s mind purposefully. Time wasted will lead to being out learned by others. Don’t lose ground. There is a clear connection between effort and reward. You may never look at your child’s summer vacation again.


Merida’s story will wake you up to the facts that there are twelve-year-olds out there who will outwork you.


And sometimes, you just get inexplicably lucky, but it helps if you have already found work that you enjoy devoting yourself too, just ask Bill lGates. He was the world’s richest man for a long time, and if he had been born with the same brain in any other human body, we most likely would never have heard of him. Same with Bill Joy, the writer of the internet.


Though the book lays out what must be done to achieve success, work like the Beatles in Hamburg Germany. It often reminds you that these opportunities do not always directly related to the effort of the successful. Hamburg at the time would have taken any ole band. The Beatles just made the most of their opportunity. Hence, you must seize the chances you are given. This book will not offer you pity or absolution. You don’t get to breathe a sigh of relief and remain unactualized. Gladwell states that addiction to work is still necessary. What you do ought to be complex and engaging, challenging your curiosity and interests.It will mean something to you, and you will be motivated by the reward a the end of your achievements. Sounds a whole lot like a passion, what we encourage and Bonds and Kindness.


malcolm gladwell quotes 7 “It’s very hard to find someone who’s successful and dislikes what they do.” — MALCOLM GLADWELL


And here is where our work comes in, using Gladwell’s conclusion. As people, we have been conditioned to see the success stories as proof that anyone can make it. As Gladwell says, “We tend to consider that one in ten thousand example as evidence of a fair world. But I concur with Gladwell. This hypothetical statistic more honestly shows that we have failed the other 9999. Hence this brand bonds and kindness.


Our brand is about helping you achieve your dreams. We aim to be a helping hand, and this book underlines the power of community and upbringing. In a way, it levels the playing field, unshackling a burden off your shoulders as you come to understand that your misfortunes and difficulties are not entirely your fault. With this, you are much more capable of facing challenges and understanding your inherent weaknesses as possible strengths.


We must find for ourselves and do meaningful work. Because Gladwell is right, “the world we could have is so much richer than the world we have settled for.” Read his book and ponder the context of your life. Because in the end, outliers are not outliers at all. We can all be successful.


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Bayo is a digital content creator who works on behalf of various businesses and B&K MAG. He expresses his gratitude to everyone who has played a part in his professional and personal growth. Photography, travel and directing videos were an accidental passion but being a writer for Bonds and Kindness has always been the dream. He hopes you enjoy the site, you are the reason it exists.

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