Outliers – understanding success

26. January 2009

What strikes you when you look at the following table of the players of the Czech soccer team, which made the finals of  the Under-21-World-championship 2007 in Canada?

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Czech Soccer Team Finals Under 21 World Championship 2007

 The answer: 15 out of 21 players were born in the first 3 months of the year. Why do some people succeed, living remarkably productive and impactful lives, while so many more never reach their potential? Challenging our cherished belief of the “self-made man,” the author 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.”

“OUTLIERS. The Story of Success”. A gorgeous new book from Malcolm Gladwell, the author of “The Tipping Point” and “Blink”.

Posted by Helmut F. Karner