Outlier: The Story of Success

The book Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell is a great book. Below is an excerpt from the book and the definition of an outlier.



1: a person whose residence and place of business are at a distance
2: something (as a geological feature) that is situated away from or classed differently from a main or related body
3: a statistical observation that is markedly different in value from the others of the sample

Biologists often talk about the “ecology” of an organism: the tallest oak in the forest is the tallest not just because it grew from the hardiest acorn; it is the tallest also because no other trees blocked its sunlight, the soil around it was deep and rich, no rabbit chewed through its bark as a sapling, and no lumberjack cut it down before it matured. We all know that successful people come from hardy seeds. But do we know enough about the sunlight that warmed them, the soil in which they put down the roots, and the rabbits and lumberjacks they were lucky enough to avoid?

Are you an outlier? What achievements have you made that make you an outlier?


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