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Outliers, The Story of Success.. the recipe?? Recomended!!

24 Oct

Who has asked themselves about why there are extremely successful people?. How they got that?. Have your parents told you that you need to work hard so you can be very sucessful professional speaking, monetary speaking?.

This book has nothing to do with “The Secret”, this book gave us a whole analysis on the common items and what are the factors that might determine those extemely successful people?. It does not say those are talented people, but it is just that talent is not all.. example of such people are..Bill Gates success, Beatles, Steve Jobs as an examples.   They were talented but as you read the book there are other factors too.

One of the very first examples Maxwell gave and that will make you start questioning about all the stories, is this coincidence, if we want to call it in that way, that almost 50%-70% of the hockey players borned in the 1Q.  The question is why?.. well, there are some requirements for those kids regarding age, school year, etc.. that in certain way, has given the opportunity to the ones borned in the 1Q.   So one of the items that will be discussed through the book will be the oportunities that the year born have given to many kids.

Another example, that Maxwell shared with us is that all the succesful people spent about 10000 hours practicing before getting to the top. Yes!.. Bill gates started programming since he was a kid, the beatles started practicing in Hamburg and giving concerts for soo many hours before being known as they are now. And the pattern repeats accross those people. So now we have our second factor.

Then, maybe it won’t sound good for all, but Maxwell mentioned some Ethnic factors that has some weight. Part of us is a product of out ethnics, history, cultural surrounding and country we borned.  Of course, we go thorugh a constant change process. Everything we live in, we experienced, all has an impact on who we are today.

Finally, “their are just product of history and community, of opportunity and legacy. Their  success is not exceptional or mysterious. It is grounded in a web of advantages and inheritances, some deserved sme not, some earned, some just plained lucky-but all critical to making them who they are. The outlier, in the end, is not an outlier at all. ” Maxwell Gladwell.

After reading the book, I just did an introspection on who we are and the things that happen in my life, and I feel I am kind of a product of those experiences but also it has to be how we took life and react to things. 

While the years pass,  and based on our spiritual grow, we react differently to things, so those things can hurt us or can help us grow.  I will leave to do your own introspection. It is a highly recommended book!!