Outliers: The story of success
I have just started college and being a freshman at my university they require you to take these class called Freshman Year Seminars. Basically they are discussion based classes, nothing to serious. But we were required to read this book, Outliers, by Malcom Gladwell. I don't know if any one else here has read this book but it makes some unique assertions. Basically the concept in the book is that success is not made by the individual, like typical American thinking, but instead it is controlled by factors outside of ones control such as birth date, heritage, surroundings, etc.
Yes this is totally counter-intuitive and really to me the only example in the book that makes sense to me is one about the date of birth affecting your chance for success. He uses Canadian Hockey leagues and basically points out that about 70% of the best players on the best teams are all born in the same three months (I'm having a hard time recalling the exact months seeing as I have been studying Calculus all evening) and these months fall right AFTER the cut off date for the leagues. Meaning this players have basically a full YEAR to mature ahead of players born in the month before the cut off. To me this makes perfect logical sense, a year is a lot of time to grow when you are young kid, it can mean the difference between a few inches and 20-30 pounds in weight.
But the majority of the book I highly disagree with. He uses on example of Bill Gates saying that if hadn't had so many things provided for him as a child he never would have gotten to where he is today. He says that people who are successful do not make their success, rather their success is made for them, in other words its almost like its pre-determined. He says that people basically have no control over their success, that I.Q. means nothing (which in truth it really doesn't mean all that much) but that factors entirely outside of our control are what have the power to make us successful or not.
I'm just wondering if anyone on this site has read the book and what you opinions on it are? Or really just opinions on what I posted above.
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