The Tipping Point and Blink The New York Times called it "glib, poorly reasoned and thoroughly unconvincing". Gladwell also explains that, in the 18th century, a white plantation owner in Jamaica bought a female slave and made her his mistress.
The book also contains an Introduction and Epilogue. We are made, partly by ourselves, sure, but crucially, also by the times and society we live in. I guess that inadvertently tells us something else about success.
I noticed that Ginnie points to a pilot who disputes some of what Gladwell says about culture and plane crashes, but this is a minor point. Perhaps we can never all be Lady Di, at least, not in public but we can all attempt suicide with a pate knife and get into colonic irrigation.
They are all born at around the same time of the year.
Innate ability does not exist and ability is actually a function of effort expended. Exceptional success, Gladwell suggests, comes with the 10,hour rule, which seems to be the common amount of practice required by all sorts of high achievers before they become real outliers.
How much raw talent remains uncultivated and ultimately lost because we cling to outmoded ideas of what success looks like and what is required to achieve it?
People from the middle class are much more likely to see rules as things that can be shaped or changed or ignored to make their life more easy or rewarding.
When people in authority speak to you, you are probably less likely to question them. Blink explains "what happens during the first two seconds we encounter something, before we actually start to think".
I really struggled with this book — I loved every minute of it, but I still felt remarkably challenged by it. Gladwell contrasts him with the equally bright nuclear physicist Robert Oppenheimer, who reached the pinnacle of achievement because his family taught him the social skills necessary to work his way through numerous obstacles.
The biographies are generally told twice. Challenging, because ultimately we are responsible for our own success as we are directly responsible for how much effort we are prepared to put in.
This is both liberating and incredibly challenging. But there is a much better sensation we can get from a book, although this is much more rare. Well, not since Predictably Irrational also recommended to me by Graham have I gone on and on about a book to people. In their paper, they note regarding the 10,hour rule that "This view is a frequent topic of popular-science writing" but "we conducted a meta-analysis covering all major domains in which deliberate practice has been investigated.
Read this book, it is life altering. His critics, though, are on to something. I loved this book. When Oppenheimer was a student at University of Cambridge he attempted to poison one of his tutors.
Ginnie also has a link to an article with a photo of the man himself — I was saying to the kids yesterday that I would give a couple of toes to look nearly as cool as he does, but I think it would take more than just toes. First he talks about ice hockey and a fascinating fact about the birthdays of the best players.
The other challenging bit was the part about the Hatfields and McCoys. He felt that the links between race and achievement were given substantive analysis, but found the lessons mentioned in Outliers to be "oddly anticlimactic, even dispiriting".
They eloquently argued that social phenomena are spread in the same way as disease, and that our instinct can be more valid than our circumspection. Some poor kids develop amazing social skills, but each case is not meant to be definitive, just illustrative, and they do add up to a patchwork of evidence that convinces: The Left Behind series is just one such example, as are most self help books.
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