Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers is the 2nd book from Malcolm Gladwell that I read, and by far its my most favorite book. When I read the cover “the story of success”, I thought the content would be some cliche step by step on how to become successful, like “quit your job now and search for happiness” kinda crap. Apparently not!

It tells stories about how some people can do better than others in their field, an outlier, from a different perspective. More like showing flaws on the common success stories.

In one of the chapters he wrote about Bill Gates’s fancy high school that happened to have a computer club, almost no other high school had one back in the day. He also had the opportunity to use shared computer at University of Washington for some reason, so by the time he was 20 he already reached 10.000 hours of programming practice that made him an expert.

Gladwell argues that successful people are not the brightest but the ones that got opportunities and seized them.

Compared to the 1st book of him that I read before (The Tipping Point), this one is more political. At the end of the chapter he wrote “We look at the young Bill Gates and marvel that our world allowed that 13yo to become a fabulously successful entrepreneur. But thats the wrong lesson. Our world only allowed one 13yo unlimited access to a time-sharing terminal in 1968. If a million teenagers had been given the same opportunity, how many more Microsofts would we have today?”

This book is on sale! To keep this blog going and to support children’s literacy project in Indonesia, I’m selling the books I’ve read and reviewed. Stay tune on my instagram @lalalangit for further details 🙂


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