Outliers: the Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell (2008)
If you read Gladwell’s The Tipping Point or Blink, be sure to read Outliers. Gladwell looks at icons of our time: Bill Gates, star basketball players, The Beatles, Oppenheimer and more and comes up with the theory that brains and talent will only take you so far. It’s often being born at a certain time, luck, and luck-of the draw opportunities, which allowed these greats to be “great.”
Gladwell’s provocative ideas don’t convince me that he’s looked at all the angles of “success” and backed them with enough analysis. But as usual, this Gladwell book is entertaining and interesting to read.
Check out the author’s website and watch his YouTube video.