I started reading Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell after a recommendation by CoachMi. It is not the sort of book I would have picked up, but what caught me was when CoachMi said it was a book that even parents should read.
Although it is not a parenting book, I completely agree with CoachMi – it is must-read for any parents who want their children to be successful in life because in order to achieve success, it is important to understand what creates success. And some of the factors that create success are not necessarily what we’ve always believed them to be.
This eye-opening book will share the real story of success and what it takes to achieve it. The secret of success is more than just intelligence and ambition. According to Malcolm Gladwell, if you want to understand more about success, you “should spend more time looking around them [successful people] — at such things as their family, their birthplace, or even their birth date.”
If you want to know what the Beatles and Bill Gates have in common, the extraordinary success of Asians at math, the hidden advantages of star athletes, why all top New York lawyers have the same résumé, and the reason you’ve never heard of the world’s smartest man, you should read “Outliers”. If you want your children to follow in the footsteps of the world’s most successful individuals, then you must read this book.
Anthony Robbins (self-help guru) has always said that the best way to be as successful as a certain individuals is to observe everything that they do and copy it exactly. The book “Outliers” reveals the secrets of some of the world’s most successful individuals and what they did and what happened to them to make them successful. Some of it may not be the sort of stuff that can be replicated, but it does help to put some perspective to success and why some people achieve it so easily and others struggle for it.