Monday, January 23, 2012
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
"In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band.
Brilliant and entertaining, OUTLIERS is a landmark work that will simultaneously delight and illuminate." - Google Books
I'm not sure I'd call the book "stunning" but it is very interesting.
Whether it's 5,000 hours of practice or 1,000 times doing something before you are a master of the skill, my life's experience confirms the principal.
Which means that the odds of a newbie like myself writing the Great American Novel on my first time attempt is about the same as a room full of monkeys randomly producing the same.
So why am I worrying about writing the perfect thriller? Don't know. But I am and that thinking is a major roadblock to getting it done.