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Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell November 23, 2009

Posted by Tony Mignot in Outliers.

Outliers in a nutshell:

  • Context is key: to really understand a situation, you need to dig deep. Malcolm Gladwell did just that to understand why are successful people successful. He found out that success is not just a matter of being smart. Success is about having opportunities and seizing them (by working hard enough to really develop some expertise – something like 10,000 hours, says he). Sure, a high IQ helps (that’s an innate opportunity). But only to a certain point. Beyond that point (meaning you’re smart enough), other things matter, like creativity and practical intelligence (that’s an acquired opportunity, which allows you to know what to say to whom, when to say it, and how to say it for maximum effect).
  • Systems may be flawed (success to the successful): to give more opportunities to more people, some systems need to be redesigned.


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