"Outliers: The Story of Success" by Malcolm Gladwell is the common reader for the 2010 freshman class. A bestselling author of non-fiction, Gladwell offers examples of exceptional individuals whose accomplishments are extraordinary. For example, he examines the variables that lead to the success of notables such as Bill Gates, the Beatles, and J. Robert Oppenheimer. Even when Oppenheimer gets into severe trouble at the University of Oxford, he uses his privileged background to minimize the punishment. On the other hand, Chris Langan who has an IQ of 195 never reaches his potential. Gladwell emphasizes that talent or genius alone will not ensure success. Contributing factors include luck, family, culture, and a supportive community. He states, "Outliers are those who have been given opportunities – and who have had the strength and presence of mind to seize them.""
Interview with Malcolm Gladwell
Reading Material :
Charlie Rose Interview with Malcolm Gladwell
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