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Outliers: The Story of Success

Malcolm Gladwell

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Malcolm Gladwell

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Western culture has long attributed success to the hard work and intelligence of the individual. Author Malcolm Gladwell flips that theory on its head in Outliers: The Story of Success. He argues the highest achievers—including professional athletes, software magnates, and powerful lawyers—can attribute a good portion of their success to once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, fortuitous coincidences, and cultural background. Outliers is not a self-help book but rather a book about how it takes many people working together to help an individual succeed. Gladwell means to inspire a sense of community and helpfulness in his readers.

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An outlier is something that stands apart from a group of like things, such as a wolf that leaves the pack to hunt on its own. In Outliers: The Story of Success, author Malcolm Gladwell uses the term to describe people whose personal success has separated them from the rest of the population.


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