“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants” – Isaac Newton
Review of the book about ‘Outliers: the story of success’:
Challenging our cherished belief of the “self-made man,” he makes the democratic assertion that superstars don’t arise out of nowhere, propelled by genius and talent: “they are invariably the beneficiaries of hidden advantages and extraordinary opportunities and cultural legacies that allow them to learn and work hard and make sense of the world in ways others cannot.” Examining the lives of outliers from Mozart to Bill Gates, he builds a convincing case for how successful people rise on a tide of advantages, “some deserved, some not, some earned, some just plain lucky.” – via www.erikaharris.wordpress.com
for example, in the chapter on why asian school children are so good at math, he makes an assertion about their success and says, “it’s focused almost entirely on what the grandparents and great-grandparents and great-great grandparents of those schoolchildren did for a living.”
“When outliers become outliers it is not just because of their own efforts. It’s because of the contributions of lots of different people and lots of different circumstances— and that means that we, as a society, have more control about who succeeds—and how many of us succeed—than we think. That’s an amazingly hopeful and uplifting idea. “- via http://www.gladwell.com/outliers/index.html
I think this book is a must read. don’t you?