Resource Review – Outliers: The Story of Success

Colossians 3:23, NIV

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.


In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell asks this intriguing question: what sets the highest achievers among us apart? Why are the “best and brightest” the best and brightest? And what can we learn from them?

“His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band. ” –Amazon

What Makes Someone Successful?

This book is an interesting and inspiring look at the key factors that nurture unique success and creativity. “Malcolm Gladwell explores the different factors that decide the difference between successful and unsuccessful people. We learn what rock stars, geniuses and computer programmers have in common. He explains that success is not just a matter of IQ, but a combination of hard work and opportunity. In Outliers, Gladwell hooks the reader by first providing an anecdote and explaining the common misconceptions that people have about that situation and then completely turns our understanding of how they got to be successful on its head.” -Olivia Filicetti.

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It Takes a Village.

Success is very rarely an accident. To be truly successful, you have to work incredibly hard, and perhaps have a bit of good luck. This book emphasizes that success is not born out of a vacuum. It takes a village, and often a well-connected one, to help a person succeed. While many very successful people are brilliant, this book reminds us that hard work and opportunity are far more important than intelligence when it comes to climbing the ladder of success. This book is an exceedingly interesting and illuminating read.