Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Excuse in a Book
Malcolm Gladwell writes fairly easy reading NF that make for good conversations. It's good book club material, because he has a lot of starting points but no one has to pay too much attention to the details. Outliers: The Story of Success fits that mode. The theory is that great success is never purely the result of being a wonderful person -- everyone needs good luck and hard work. This did not strike me as all that original an idea, but it gave Gladwell the excuse to write a group of entertaining essays covering the luck and hard work behind several success stories: star hockey players -- born early in the year, Bill Gates -- given a computer in junior high, Asian kids -- taught to work hard, Gladwell's mom -- assigned an extra scholarship.
Clearly, the reason I haven't achieved my life goal of world domination is that I didn't get a lucky break. And that I'm lazy. For want of a nail!