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What Netflix Thinks of Us

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I don’t know if I feel known or condemned by the monikers.  “Fighting the System” made me laugh the hardest.

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February 8, 2010 at 4:49 pm

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Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

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This morning I finished my first book of the year, Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.  The sub-title is The Story of Success and I think that’s a good summation of the book.  Outliers a pop-science book where Gladwell gives blends interesting examples to illustrate a series of points about what determines who succeeds and why.

One basic point is that the outrageously successful of the world are successful not just because they are smart and work hard (very hard) but also because history, family, and culture come together and provide them the chance to be outrageously successful.

For example, Bill Gates born 10 years earlier would not have had access to computers at all.   Bill Gates born into a different family would not have had a mom who raised money to put a computer in his Seattle high school. Bill Gates born in the same year but in Hendersonville would not have had been hired to program for power plant HR systems as a high schooler.

In making his points about success Gladwell fills the book with interesting tidbits about why Korean pilots crashed 17 times more often than American pilots pre-2000, why being born in January makes you four times more likely to be hockey all-star than your friend born in December, and why poor elementary school kids learn more during the school year than their rich peers and still end up behind in test performance by fifth grade.

Fun, interesting, and short if this kind of stuff interests you.

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February 6, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Posted in Reviews