Outliers , a book by Malcolm Gladwell, covers the world of “outliers”–the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful and answers the question: what makes high-achievers different?
The conclusion is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and not enough attention to where they are from: their culture, their family, their generation, and the experiences of their upbringing.
This book is very interesting to see what is really needed to be successful. One of the observations early in the book is that talent is certainly not enough. In any field you need at least 10.000 hours of practice to master your field and become an outlier, no matter how smart or talented you are. But also luck plays an important part.
Reading the book might give you the impression that it all comes down to luck, being born at the right place and in the right time. But we must not forget that the outliers mentioned in the book are the absolute top. You don’t need to be an outlier to be successful. We can’t all be Bill Gates, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get rich. We can’t all be The Beatles but it doesn’t mean we can’t play in a successful band.
But to get there, we need to put in the hours and do the work, no matter how talented we are.